The Little Rock Film Festival, now based in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, has officially announced May 11-17 as its 2015 dates. Additionally, the festival has hired filmmaker and UCA grad Gabe Gentry, who formerly handled the festival’s media operations and collaborated on documentary projects with the Renaud Brothers, as its new full-time director.

“Gabe knows the Little Rock Film Festival inside and out,” said LRFF founder and Artistic Director Brent Renaud, “and we are looking to him to push us in new and exciting directions; for me it was important that we hire a filmmaker, as the filmmaker experience and the interaction with local audiences, is at the heart of everything we do.” According to the press release:

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Gentry’s first priorities include organizing the LRFF 2015 flagship event in May, and leading the expansion of the Made in Arkansas program with new screening venues, prizes, and parties. Gentry will also be expanding the LRFF year round staff with the hir of a new Development Director and the creation of a comprehensive Internship program with UCA, UALR and Pulaski Tech. Futher, he will oversee a dramatic expansion of the LRFFYouth program, which just this week sent its first team of young filmmakers from the eStem academy, to screen the Washington DC Independent Film Festival. The kids took first prize for Best High School Film.