Free State Film Festival


  • Categories: Film
  • Event posted: March 17, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

The Lawrence Arts Center is proud to present a sneak peek at some of the highlights in store for the Free State Film Festival, April 26-28, 2013:

THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, directed by Chad Hartigan Audience Award Winner- Sundance Film Festival NEXT Category. Martin Bonner has just moved to Reno for a new job in prison rehabilitation. Starting over at age 58, he struggles to adapt until an unlikely friendship with an ex-con blossoms, helping him confront the issues he left behind.

COMPUTER CHESS, directed by Andrew Bujalski. Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize/ Sundance Film Festival An artificially intelligent comedy about computer chess programmers set some decades ago - when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed more up for grabs.

A BAND CALLED DEATH, directed by Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett. A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

THE NEW PUBLIC directed by Jyllian Gunther. Documentary exploring the issues of class, race, and culture in urban education through the opening of an experimental high school and following the inaugural freshman class through graduation year.

SOUND CITY, directed by Dave Grohl. A documentary film about the history of fabled Los Angeles recording studio, Sound City Studios.

SMALL APARTMENTS, directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Dark comedy written and adapted by Chris Wilis about a run down apartment complex and the characters who reside in it.

CRAZY AND THIEF, directed by Cory McAbee. A seven year old girl takes her two year old brother on a voyage through a world of homemade mythologies by using star graphics found on the streets as navigational tools.

Other highlights of the fest include post screening Q&A discussions with filmmakers; an exclusive clip of THE OUTHOUSE, a documentary on the legendary local punk venue; the multimedia stage production, ON SCREEN OFFSPRING; FREE STATE FILM FESTIVAL - HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a youth film showcase at The Lawrence Public Library; an experimental film and music video showcase; a KANSAS HUMANITIES COUNCIL SIDEBAR of short films, and live music performances.

A full line up of feature films, short films, panels and music performances will be announced in the weeks to come, so check back in at for updates.

The Lawrence Arts Center would like to thank The Eye Doctors for sponsoring this event.


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