There are four awards presented to films in the “Made in Arkansas” track. This year there were fifteen shorts and five feature films in contention for these awards.
Liza Burns won the Best Actor award for her performance in the feature 45 RPM. (Note that actor is used as a gender non-specific term.) The other nominees were Jeff Bailey for “The Discontentment of Ed Telfair,” Jeffrey Fuell for “Blood Brothers” and Graham Gordy for “Mary.”
The Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Short went to “The Discontentment of Ed Telfair” which was directed by Daniel Campbell. The other nominees were “Diamond John” (directed by Travis Mosler), “Last Shot Love” (directed by Nolan Dean) and “Mary” (directed by Zach Turner). Interestingly, the latter two and Campbell’s winning film were all grouped together in the “Heartbeats” block.
The award for Best Feature went to 45 RPM directed by Juli Jackson. The other nominees were Last Summer by Mark Thiedeman and The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain by Matthew Wolfe.
Mark Thiedeman won Best Director for Last Summer. This is the third consecutive year Thiedeman has had a film at the Little Rock Film Festival. The other nominees were Amman Abbasi for “Bad Water,” Zach Turner for “Mary” and Juli Jackson for 45 RPM.