The complete lineup for the Film Society of Little Rock's 2016 Fantastic Cinema & Craft Beer Festival, presented by COMET. The festival takes place April 7-10, 2016 at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema located at 2600 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202.
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OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK
D: JOEL POTRYKUS | USA | 82 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.
Official Selection of South by Southwest (SXSW)
D: JESSE O’BRIEN | AUSTRALIA | 95 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
ACTION | SCI-FI | MYSTERY
An interstellar Jekyll and Hyde, Arrowhead tells the tale of survival set amongst the distant stars. Kye is a prisoner of war caught between two armies that he doesn't believe in. When offered an opportunity for freedom, Kye sets out on one last rescue mission only to become stranded when his ship crash lands. Kye soon realises that the deadliest creature on the desert moon is himself.
Official Selection of Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, SciFi Film Festival (Australia) –WINNER BEST FEATURE FILM
BUNNY THE KILLER THING
D: JOONAS MAKKONEN | FINLAND | 88 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
ACTION | COMEDY | HORROR | EXPLOITATION
LANGUAGE: FILMED MOSTLY IN ENGLISH, SOME SWEDISH
This wildly un-PC horror-comedy follows the amorous adventures of a 6-foot-tall sex-crazed rabbit who finds plenty of sexual conquests at a cabin in the woods inhabited by a group of Finns and some unsuspecting tourists. The young people, out to have a fun-filled winter weekend, instead find themselves involved in a game of life and death when the weird creature brandishing an incredibly long penis attacks anything that looks like a woman’s vagina. Created when a science project goes terribly wrong, the Bunny will stop at nothing in search of a warm place to park his appendage. A hilarious spoof of splatter and camp films, Bunny the Killer Thing is unapologetically offensive as well as hilarious weird and wonderful.
Official Selection of Fantasia Film Festival, Bruce Campbell's Horror Film Festival, Morbido Film Fest, Monster Fest, Arizona Underground Film Festival – WINNER BEST EXPLOITATION FILM, Nocturna Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival – WINNER MADNESS AWARD BEST FILM
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
D: NICOLAS PESCE | USA | 77 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
DRAMA | HORROR
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.
Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival
D: CHRIS ALEXANDER| CANADA | 65 MIN | US PREMIERE
THRILLER | HORROR
Lost in a fever of sexual delirium, a mentally unstable woman (Carrie Gemmell) begins to believe she may be turning into a monster. A moody, sensual and surreal psychological thriller from filmmaker, musician and magazine editor Chris Alexander (BLOOD FOR IRINA, FANGORIA MAGAZINE, SHOCK TILL YOU DROP). who wrote directed, produced, shot, edited, and scored the film.
Official Selection of Feratum Festival (Mexico), Sitges Film Festival
D: ANNA ROSE HOLMER| USA | 72 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
DRAMA | MYSTERY
Stole synopsis from Sundance. It will probably change.
Toni, an 11-year-old tomboy, trains as a boxer with her brother at a rec center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance drill team that also practices there. Drawn to their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, tirelessly rehearsing the routines, befriending some of the girls, and even piercing her ears to fit in. But when members of the tight-knit group start experiencing mysterious fits of shaking and fainting, Toni’s desire for acceptance becomes complicated.
Official Selection of Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films
“…IN THE DARK”
D: DAVID SPALTRO | USA | 81 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
DRAMA | HORROR | MYSTERY
Skeptical grad student, Veronica Carpenter, interviews renowned paranormal specialist, Dr. Lois Kearne, for her thesis on the benefits of her supernatural research in regards to modern psychology, and joins her on a field study trip to a Brooklyn family home supposedly “besieged by evil spirits”. Once at the residence of nurse Joan Mills and Bethany, her recently returned daughter, the investigators are immediately confronted with dark secrets, darker energies, unexplainably horrific events, and a young girl who’s affliction tests the boundaries of all their collective research and experience, forcing everyone to confront their own haunted pasts and demons. And what exactly is lying hungrily in wait “…In the Dark”.
Official Selection of Buffalo International Film Festival – WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD, New Jersey Film Festival – WINNER BEST FEATURE, Macabre Faire Film Festival - BEST ACTRESS, Fiona Horrigan
D: GREGORY LAMBERSON | USA | 98 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
COMEDY | HORROR | MUSICAL | EXPLOITATION
Screwball horror comedy about a woman (Jessica Zwolak) suffering from low esteem who gets breast enhancement surgery from Dr. Cate Thulu (Debbie Rochon). Her new assets turn out to be man-eating monsters, and only she can stop them. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Thurber are in the cast, and Brooke Lewis is the Voice of the Boobs. Directed by author Gregory Lamberson, creator of the cult classic SLIME CITY.
Official Selection of Eerie Horror Film Festival, Fright Night Film Festival, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, Crimson Scream Film Festival
D: CHRISTOPHER PHELPS & MAXIM VAN SCOY | USA | 51 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
From the vaults of the golden age of slasher films comes LAKE NOWHERE, a raucous, bloody romp which resurrects the thrill of gory midnight movies for an hour-long plunge into the depths of horror. Inspired by the dusty days of VHS, LAKE NOWHERE is preceded by original trailers & commercials, replicating the experience of watching a long lost bootleg tape.
When a group of friends arrive at a desolate lakeside cabin, they are stalked and murdered by a Masked Maniac, whose lust for blood transcends our world. This age-old tale of senseless slaughter quickly spirals into the realm of supernatural horror and classic monster movies, as we learn the true power that lies within LAKE NOWHERE.
Official Selection of Art of Brooklyn Film Festival – WINNER BEST DIRECTOR, Eerie Horror Fest, Ithaca International Fantastic Fest
D: MIKE SCHOLTZ | USA | 70 MIN | LR PREMIERE
Vikings! Their thirst for conquest was quenchless! Historians claim the Viking Age ended nearly a thousand years ago. But there remains one place on Earth where Vikings still rule: Minnesota! It began when Leif Ericson secretly invaded the state and claimed it for King Olaf of Norway. Today, it remains as one of the last outposts of that once-mighty empire.
Or not. Archaeologists say none of this ever happened. They say Minnesota has fallen victim to the greatest practical joke of all time. They say it’s better to get history right than to tell a good story. But does anyone care what they say? Because Viking culture is alive and well in Minnesota, where you can dress like a Viking, eat like a Viking or even fight like a Viking.
Official Selection of Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Mirror Mountain Film Festival - WINNER BEST FEATURE, Flyway Film Festival - WINNER FLYWAY AXE AWARD FOR BEST MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN FILM
MAFIA: SURVIVAL GAME
D: SARIK ANDREASYAN | RUSSIA | 91 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH DUBBED VERSION
ACTION | SCI-FI
A twist on the classic game of Mafia. 12 competitors take part in a game of life and death where the innocent must take out the Mafia in order to win the cash prize. Those that are voted out must face their biggest fears in a computer simulation.
Official Selection of Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival
D: GAURAV SETH | CANADA | 90 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
SCI-FI | THRILLER
As the world rages in war and civil strife, a CIA agent arrives at a secret underground prison to interrogate a time-travelling terrorist, who she believes is responsible for the unfolding catastrophe.
Official Selection of Fantasporto, Palm Beach International Film Festival
D: TRAVIS MILLOY | UNITED STATES | 103 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
SCI-FI | THRILLER
One man is trapped in a futuristic, fully-automated prison and is forced to escape when he suspects the rest of the world may have been wiped out.
Official Selection of Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival – WINNER BEST SCREENPLAY
Enjoy all the available trailers for THE FEATURES. Two of the trailers are RED BAND trailers and are identified as such.
Auld Lang Syne
D: BRADLEY PORTER | UK | 16 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
It's 2014 and time travel exists. It's New Years Eve and the only thing that gets Laura and Simon through the day are their brief flirtations. When Simon leaves for a lad's weekend to the past Laura gets caught in decade spanning black market war to save the man she might love.
D: ARTHUR TABLEAU | FRANCE | 13 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
In a world turned to ashes by war between human and machines, a boy tries to survive. Even if the robot menace is everywhere, he goes on a quest for food. Despite his effort to stay hidden, he gets caught. While everything seems to be lost, the reaction of the robot is not going to be what he expected…
D: BHARGAV SAIKIA | INDIA | 13 MIN
The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities.
D: DONAVON THOMPSON | MADE IN ARKANSAS | LR PREMIERE
A sixty-second psychological comedy about bees.
D: STEPHANIE CABDEVILA | FRANCE | 14 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her in the outside world so that it can face it for her.
D: SPENCER PARSONS | USA | 31 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
That thing where you had such a great time last night that you can't remember the murder. Inspired by actual events.
D: GALLIEN GUIBERT | FRANCE | 14 MIN | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Early 19th century. An island. Three men. A long walk through the night.
D: JEREMY DYSON | CANADA | 6 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
BC's flowering craft beer industry shows its passion for the art of making real beer. Meet the grinders and the mavericks of British Columbia's microbrew scene in Brew Love and whet your thirst for the craft-beer revolution.
D: LYNN HANSEN | USA | 12 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Millie is determined to prove to the world that she's captured the first real zombie--even if he's not one.
D: RAFAEL BOLLIGER | SWITZERLAND | 14 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A dying scientist is offered the chance to live on in his clone's body.
D: JESSE LARSON | USA | 11 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Nosferatu, driven by blood - makes his way into a costume party and gets more than he bargained for in the drug fueled veins of the party's guests.
D: ERIC ENGLAND & JESSE BURKS | MADE IN ARKANSAS | WORLD PREMIERE
A possessed woman experiences a surgeon's unusual form of exorcism.
D: POL DIGGLER | SPAIN | 18 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
An indie filmmaking crew shoots the first snuff movie with a plot.
Gotham Knights: Enter The Red Hood
D: TIMOTHY DRENNAN | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 4 MIN
Three of Joker's thugs discuss what it is like to work for the Clown Prince of Crime, before they are interrupted by a mysterious vigilante.
D: STEVEN ODER | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 17 MIN | WORLD PREMIERE
A quirky teenage girl that hangs out in graveyards must cope with loss while being stalked by a demon.
D: BARTOSZ KRUHLIK | POLAND | 24 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
HEAT - 1. Coal or wood afire to redness, 2. High air temperature, 3. Vehemence of feelings.
D: ADAM CRAIN | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 14 MIN | LR PREMIERE
Griffin is a henchman working for the evil Dr. Maddox. After his best friend and fellow henchman, Kevin, sets off a string of events that leads him to become the new leader, Griffin joins Agent Lillian King in rescuing the President of the United States and stopping Kevin once and for all.
How Deep Can I Go?
D: KAI SMYTHE | AUSTRALIA | 5 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Using hand drawn cardboard sets and props, Hairy Soul Man explores how deep some humans will go for love.
Howl of a Good Time
D: PATRICK REA | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 9 MIN | LR PREMIERE
A youngster sneaks into a movie theater during a private showing of a long lost classic horror film. She is unaware that the theatergoers aren't what they appear to be.
D: MAXENCE RAPP | FRANCE | 8 MIN | US PREMIERE
A young lady is about to hang an antique mirror to the wall when someone knocks at her door. Who is it? Or should we say WHAT is it?
Last Door South
D: SACHA FEINER | BELGIUM | 14 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
"The World is made of floors, connected by stairs, and made of rooms". Such is the vision of a child and his siamese head, bricked up by their mother in the family manor since they were born… until one day, when, after seeing a strange light, they swear to find… the end of the World.
D: ERIC WHITE | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 6 MIN
Herbert was a boy like any other. He lived in a small, white home with only his mother, until one day she brought him home a baby brother. With his mother's attention divided, he decided one way or another, he was going to get rid of his little brother.
The Looking Planet
D: ERIC ANDERSON | USA | 17 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.
(*)Madre De Dios (Mother of God)
D: GIGI SAUL GUERRERO | CANADA | 7 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos whose sole purpose is to conjure the anti-Christ into our plane of existence.
D: IVAN VILLAMEL SANCHEZ | 9 MIN | SPAIN
On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.
D: HAVEN NUTT | USA | 28 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
He's across the way. He's deep in my head. He's right behind me. He's under my bed.
Night of the Slasher
D: SHANT HAMASSIAN | USA | 11 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.
(*)An Ode to Angeline
D: SARAH JONES | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 5 MIN
Obsession brings out the worst in everyone.
D: CALEB FANNING | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 24 MIN
A man is cloned before death to continue life with his wife.
D: JONATHAN CUARTAS | USA | 7 MIN
Daniel encounters something evil in his claustrophobic apartment.
D: JARROD PAUL BECK | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 25 MIN
Noncompliant citizens Stevens 8936 and Warner 5963 discover the freedom of a forbidden world outside the confines of their oppressive society.
D: PATRICK REA | USA | 5 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
What seems like a simple pillow fight between several co-eds, soon turns deadly.
D: OLGA OSORIO | SPAIN | 15 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A woman is trapped in a temporal loop that she may not be able to break.
Robbie the Rabbit
D: RIAN SMITH | IRELAND | 11 MIN | US PREMIERE
A tragic childhood friendship between two boys leaves one of them obsessed with rabbits.
D: TONI TIKKANEN | FINLAND | 7 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A little girl's journey from a world of nightmares to the nightmare of reality.
The Smiling Man
D: A.J. BRIONES | USA | 7 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.
D: PHIL HAINE | UK | 10 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
When Harris runs out of toilet paper his world turns into a literal nightmare from which there may be no escape because true darkness comes from within.
D: MATHEW THOMAS FOSS | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 20 MIN | WORLD PREMIERE
Dr. Mendel has to determine whether to save or destroy the greatest of his creations, an intelligent design with free will and the ability to good or evil.
Total Awesome Viking Power
D: MORTEN FORLAND | USA | 15 MIN | LR PREMIERE
When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to "the land of the dead" he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk.
(*)The Town Where Nobody Lives
D: AL TOPICH | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 22 MIN
Richard and Elizabeth are a married couple on a road trip who find themselves lost in a mysterious ghost town.
(*)’Twas the Night of the Krampus
D: DONAVON THOMPSON | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 11 MIN
On the eve of Christmas, Santa Claus must team up with the reluctant Bill the elf, to save the President’s daughter from the terrifying Krampus.
D: JONATHAN CUARTAS | USA | 11 MIN
A dismantled alcoholic tells a story at an AA meeting. He claims a ruthless killer is after him for an unpaid debt, but is anything he says believable?
D: JORDAN MEARS | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 16 MIN
Raven, a vampire hunter who poses as a prostitute, joins a rogue priest and his team in a mission to save the world and exact revenge on the man who killed her father.
D: REN WANG | CHINA | 15 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
This film is about second kind of encounter on aliens.
D: JASON MILLER | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 17 MIN
On a quiet night in October 1995, two young brothers, home alone and grounded for fighting, must uncover the source of strange, unintelligible whispers slowly surrounding their family's isolated country home.
(*) - These shorts are not in competition for Jury Awards
All all the available trailers for THE SHORTS
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All Fantastic Cinema screenings will take place a Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema, featuring electronic leather reclining seats, Digital Light Projection & Dolby Digital Sound. The theater has been locally owned & operated since 2000.
ABOUT FANTASTIC CINEMA & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival screens imaginative and innovative genre films from bold visionaries who are not afraid to take risks in order to create films that inspire, challenge, and thrill audiences. These fantastic films are presented alongside some of the best craft beer from the state of Arkansas.
Bring us your magical, your scary, your alien, your frightening, your mutation, your fantastic; we want it all.
Fantastic Cinema & Craft Beer Festival will be held April 7-10, 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema. For more information visit: www.fantasticcinema.com and follow us on Facebook at Fantastic Cinema Film Festival (fb.me/fantasticcinemafilmfestival) and Twitter @FanCinemaFest.
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Fantastic Cinema is one of the annual festivals presented by the 501(c)(3) non profit Film Society of Little Rock.
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