The Little Rock Film Festival is gearing up for its 2014 season, which will be held May 12-18. The Narrative, Documentary and Shorts competition lineups were announced last week, and this afternoon the festival unveiled its opening night film, “Happy Valley,” by Amir Bar-Lev, the documentary filmmaker behind “My Kid Could Paint That” and “The Tillman Story.”
Variety calls the film “nuanced but quietly excoriating,” and explains:
In his documentaries “My Kid Could Paint That” and “The Tillman Story,” Amir Bar-Lev zeroed in on the difference between the public perception of a scandal and the private truth of the matter — a theme that serves him no less effectively in “Happy Valley,” a gripping inquiry into the revelations of sexual abuse that shocked the U.S. and devastated Penn State’s storied football program. Rather than focusing primarily on Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, the film broadens in scope and complexity to examine the assumptions of an entire community, as well as the football-first culture that allowed evil to flourish in its midst.
The opening night screening will be on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ron Robinson Theater. Amir Bar-Lev will be in attendance.