by Robert Bell
ARGENTA FILM SERIES: 'WARRIOR CHAMPIONS'
7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.
The Little Rock Film Festival's monthly Argenta Film Series recently got a boost with a grant from the William F. Laman Public Library System, which means attendance will be free at the series.
"The grant is $1,000 per showing so essentially that covers the cost of admission and the cost of the theater," said Jeff Baskin, director of the library. The grant covers the entirety of the current season, he said, adding that the library wanted its "patrons to go there and not pay anything, because we think it's an important series and we're pleased to be a part of it."
This season kicks off with "Warrior Champions: From Baghdad to Beijing," directed by LRFF founders Brent and Craig Renaud. The film follows several wounded American soldiers as they refocus their lives from the ravages of wartime to the rigors of training for the 2008 Paralympic Games (the 2012 games begin Aug. 29 in London).
"Warrior Champions" won Best Documentary at the 2010 Naples International Film Festival and Best Political Feature at the 2010 Staten Island New York Film Festival. Its television debut was June 10 on the Documentary Channel.
Attending the screening will be wounded Iraq war veteran Anthony Smith, Mark Leonard from Arkansas Freedom Fund, producer Vincent Insalaco and director Craig Renaud.