LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT
6 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $15-$250.
In their quest to get you to take off work for a week, Little Rock Film Festival organizers have moved the festival start-date this year to Tuesday, a day earlier than last year. As usual, the LRFF kicks its schedule off in style.
The opening night film, "America's Parking Lot," focuses on a pair of subjects that will be familiar to Arkansans: Dallas Cowboys super-fans. And not just super-fans who own every piece of Cowboys merchandise and apparel and lead their face-painted brethren in cheers, but super-fans whose lives truly revolve around the Cowboys.
Super-fans like Stan "Tiger" Shults, who has a daughter named Meredith Landry and says when his first wife asked him to choose between her or the Cowboys, the choice was obvious. "I hate to say this because I love my children and my wife, but I think I probably think about the Cowboys more than I think about my kids and my wife. And that's nothing against them," he tells director Jonny Mars. You've seen obsessives like Shults in documentaries before, but Mars separates his film from the pack both by avoiding caricature and deftly pivoting from the super-fans' perspective to a broader look at the callousness of professional sports, where owners, like the Cowboys' Jerry Jones, are gouging fans who attend games in order to pay for massive new stadiums, built partially with taxpayer dollars.
The film screens at 7 p.m. The Argenta Community Theater holds around 250 people. All-access Gold Pass holders ($250) get first crack at seating, followed by Silver Pass holders ($100). Only Gold Pass holders will be admitted to an opening reception at 6 p.m. At the after-party for the film at 9 p.m., the stars of "America's Parking Lot" and some hardcore Razorback tailgaters will have their rigs fired up, Whole Hog and Ben E. Keith will be serving food and Montgomery Trucking will perform. Tickets are $15 or free to Gold or Silver Pass holders.
Look for a complete guide to the LRFF in the May 30 edition of the Times or online at arktimes.com.