Recapping the Rock: The Best Movies at the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival
By Tim Basham
Once again, the Little Rock Film Festival comes through with some of the best new films, especially with its documentaries. Here are ten docs and five narratives making up our Top 15 Favorite Films at LRFF 2014.
1. Point and Shoot
Before deciding to take a motorcycle trek through the Middle East, before joining the Libyan rebels in their fight against the late Muammar Gaddafi’s totalitarian regime, before spending six months in that government’s worst prison, American Matthew VanDyke played video games—a lot. The self-described loner with OCD who loved watching the film Lawrence of Arabia while growing up proceeded to take his life to an extreme he never expected, all chronicled in the remarkable film Point And Shoot. While traveling, VanDyke took hundreds of hours of video that he eventually shared with two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry, who in turn created a film that would seriously challenge anything Hollywood could come up with. We see VanDyke’s fascinating transformation not just through the battles he finds himself in but also through the friendships he makes and the love he leaves behind in the States. Already a “Best Documentary” winner at Tribeca, the film received the “Special Jury Award for Extraordinary Courage in Filmmaking” at Little Rock.