Tonight’s opening movie, Short Term 12, plays twice. It starts at 6:30pm at the Argenta Community Theatre and 7:30pm at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Following each showing, members of the cast and crew will be present.
Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.
The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. It is in contention for the Golden Rock Narrative Award, which will be presented the final evening.
Following the film, at 9:30pm, the Kick Off party will commence in the lobby of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. In addition to an opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and other film patrons, the evening features music by Little Rock’s own world-wide acclaimed Bonnie Montgomery. Food is provided by The Fold Botanas Bar. This event is open to Gold, Silver, Sponsor and Filmmaker Badges, as well as Ticket holders for Short Term 12.