"Silent Night" joins 100 films from around the world selected for award competitions and audience screenings during the five-day event, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 festival goers. "Silent Night" is the first film produced, written and directed by Warren McCullough, 31, of Thayer.
McCullough said he and the film's co-producer and sound designer, Michael Brown, 29, of Mammoth Spring, attended a Film Festival reception at the Clinton School for Public Service in Little Rock on May 11 where they learned that "Silent Night" had been selected from a field of 600 submissions. The film will premiere in the "Made in Arkansas" Program and is eligible to receive the Charles B. Pierce Award and the $10,000 Oxford American Best Southern Film Award.
"So many local people donated their time, talents and equipment to helping us make this movie," McCullough said. "We couldn't have done it without them."
In "Silent Night", Alex London (Warren McCullough) travels to his parent's sprawling country home for the holidays, hoping to find closure to their unsolved Christmas Day disappearance the previous year. Convinced of the couple's abduction and murder, Alex's girlfriend (Samantha Carro) begs him not to go. As Christmas Day approaches, Alex soon discovers a terrifyingly dark side of Christmas and the shocking circumstances of his parent's demise.
The screening for "Silent Night" (35 min.) will take place at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3 at the Riverdale 10 Cinemas, 2600 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock. Tickets can be purchased online at www.littlerockfilmfestival.org or at the theater.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has called the Little Rock Film Festival one of the South's premiere showcases for up-and-coming filmmakers and established stars. Festivalgoers can take part in industry panel discussions, workshops, youth programs and choose from among 160 film screenings. The festival will feature an opening night reception at Cajun's Wharf, a cookout at Dickey-Stephens Park followed by a 'Movies in the Park' screening of "O Brother Where Art Thou?," a fashion show at The Peabody Little Rock, a filmmaker riverboat cruise on the Arkansas Queen, and a closing night gala and awards ceremony.
Opening this year's festival on June 2 will be "Winter's Bone", the Sundance Film Festival award-winning drama about a young girl trying to hold her family together in the Ozark Mountains.
Admission to film screenings and select events is available for a suggested donation of $5 per person, based on availability. Festival passes start at $30 per person and may be purchased online at www.littlerockfilmfestival.org or at designated festival locations.