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Friday, October 9
 

TBA

The Primary Instinct

The Primary Instinct

D: David Chen | USA | 75 min

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky has acted in over 200 TV shows and films over the past 40 years, possessing one of the most dazzlingly diverse filmographies on the planet. But even more compelling than the stories he's been apart of on-screen are those he tells offscreen. In 'The Primary Instinct,' Stephen plays himself and uses the art of storytelling to take the audience through a riveting and moving journey about life, love, and Hollywood. Along the way, he just may answer one of the questions that has dogged humanity from the beginning of time: Why do we tell stories in the first place?  

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky will attend for a Q & A following the screening 
Opening Night Screening Event and After Party hosted by Presenting Sponsor Deltic Timber Corporation

 ESPN Short Go, Sebastien, Go directed by Eva Longoria and included in special film series Women Behind the Lens will precede the feature presentation with special musical appearance by 13-year-old  Sebastien De La Cruz

Artists
avatar for Sebastien De La Cruz

Sebastien De La Cruz

It was mainstream America's first real prime time glimpse into the beautiful music of Mariachi; and it was heard through the voice of a very talented 12-year old. During the summer of 2012, the international talent show known as "America's Got Talent" gave national exposure to Texas' very own "golden cowboy," Sebastien De La Cruz. NBC producers along with millions of viewers fell in love with the charismatic and respectful persona of Sebastien... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Possessing one of the most diverse filmographies on the planet, actor Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 TV shows and films, and is particularly known for his iconic turns in movies such as Groundhog Day and Memento, as well as being featured in a long list of high profile films from Mississippi Burning and Thelma and Louise to The Insider, Failure to Launch, Basic Instinct, Single... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 TBA
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Gored - Best Sports Documentary ( Tie)
Friday October 9, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Something Better to Come - Special Jury Prize, International Documentary
Artists

Friday October 9, 2015 10:00am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:00pm

Donor and VIP Kickoff Cocktail Party

Sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics

Celebrate the start of HSDFF 2015 and our visiting special guests as well as our Red Carpet Circle members,  and many community and statewide supporters.

All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.




Friday October 9, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Central Park Fusion 200 Park Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:00pm

Hollywood Endings
Friday October 9, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
LOW KEY ARTS VENUE 112 EDGEWOOD STREET

7:00pm

The Primary Instinct

The Primary Instinct

D: David Chen | USA | 75 min

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky has acted in over 200 TV shows and films over the past 40 years, possessing one of the most dazzlingly diverse filmographies on the planet. But even more compelling than the stories he's been apart of on-screen are those he tells offscreen. In 'The Primary Instinct,' Stephen plays himself and uses the art of storytelling to take the audience through a riveting and moving journey about life, love, and Hollywood. Along the way, he just may answer one of the questions that has dogged humanity from the beginning of time: Why do we tell stories in the first place?  

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky will attend for a Q & A following the screening 
Opening Night Screening Event and After Party hosted by Presenting Sponsor Deltic Timber Corporation

 ESPN Short Go, Sebastien, Go directed by Eva Longoria and included in special film series Women Behind the Lens will precede the feature presentation with special musical appearance by 13-year-old  Sebastien De La Cruz

Speakers
Artists
avatar for Sebastien De La Cruz

Sebastien De La Cruz

It was mainstream America's first real prime time glimpse into the beautiful music of Mariachi; and it was heard through the voice of a very talented 12-year old. During the summer of 2012, the international talent show known as "America's Got Talent" gave national exposure to Texas' very own "golden cowboy," Sebastien De La Cruz. NBC producers along with millions of viewers fell in love with the charismatic and respectful persona of Sebastien... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Possessing one of the most diverse filmographies on the planet, actor Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 TV shows and films, and is particularly known for his iconic turns in movies such as Groundhog Day and Memento, as well as being featured in a long list of high profile films from Mississippi Burning and Thelma and Louise to The Insider, Failure to Launch, Basic Instinct, Single... Read More →



Friday October 9, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:00pm

9:30pm

Opening Night After-Party @ Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery

After-Party at Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery

Come share a keg and some great snacks at one of Hot Springs key hotspots: the repurposed Superior Bathhouse-turned-Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery.

All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.



Friday October 9, 2015 9:30pm - Saturday October 10, 2015 12:00am
Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery 329 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
 
Saturday, October 10
 

9:50am

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

D: Adam Benzine | Canada/UK/USA | 40 min

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah explores the arduous 12-year journey that led to the creation of one of the most important films of our time. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of Shoah -- Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half-hour examination of the Holocaust of European Jews -- this documentary reveals for the first time the trials and tribulations faced by the French iconoclast. The filmmakers secured exclusive access to Mr. Lanzmann, who sat for a week in Paris to talk at length about his life. The doc was shot in 4K using RED Epic cameras, and tells the director’s story in his own words. Emmy-winning composer Joel Goodman (Clinton, Walt Disney) provides a poignant and moving original score. Notably, the film features an array of previously unseen outtake footage that was shot during the creation of Shoah, to illustrate Mr. Lanzmann's journey from the bright-eyed journalist of 1973 to the world-weary auteur of 1985. This outtake footage, some of which is shocking, has been digitally restored and is provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Israel's Yad Vashem. In addition to exploring the making of Shoah, our documentary also reflects on several key points in Mr. Lanzmann’s life, including his teenage years fighting in the French resistance, and his love affair with Simone de Beauvoir and deep friendship with Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as his hopes and expectations for the future. The filmmakers have secured video footage of the French director with both de Beauvoir and Sartre, as well as an array of rarely seen and previously unseen photographs.

Honourable Mention, Best Mid-Length Documentary Competition for Hot Docs

Offical Selection Sheffield Doc/Fest

Offical Selection  San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Offical Selection  DokuFest [Kosovo]

Offical Selection  Camden International Film Festival

Offical Selection Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival

Offical Selection New British Film Festival [Russia]

 



Saturday October 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:35am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:55am

The Russian Woodpecker

The Russian Woodpecker

D: Chad Gracia | Ukraine/USA | 82 min | Regional Premiere

Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe - why did it actually happen? Was there more to the story than the Soviet government let on? And, most importantly, what did this all have to do with the giant, mysterious steel pyramid now rotting away 2 miles from the disaster site:  a hulking Cold War weapon known as the Duga and nicknamed "the Russian Woodpecker" for the strange, constant clicking radio frequencies that it emits? In Chad Gracia's documentary/conspiracy thriller, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers - and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine's emerging revolution and war.

World Documentary Grand Jury Prize Sundance FF, Winner Grand Jury Award Sheffield International FF,  Winner Biograph Festival,  Official Selection San Francisco International FF, Doc Aviv


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:55am - 11:20am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:30am

Shakespeare Visits the Arlington/ Saturday and Sunday October 10/11
William Shakespeare will regale you with the language from his plays, or simply hold a friendly chat with you. At periods throughout the day on Saturday 10/10 and Sunday 10/11
Actor Jordy Neill from the Arkansas Shakespeare Theater 

Speakers
JN

Jordan Neill

Jordy Neill is originally from Conway, AR and attended the Univeristy of Central Arkansas. He recently returned to Arkansas after living in Chicago, IL. Jordy appeared in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's The Merchant of Venice/Lancelot Gobbo, and in The Merry Wives of Windsor/Master Slender. He also performs with the Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company in Sonoma, CA and Shake on the Lake in Silver Lake, NY.


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 3:00pm
Arlington Lobby

10:50am

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

D:Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA | 96 min | Regional Premiere

Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut "Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel" with this colorful portrait  of a woman who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it. Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century,she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.

World Premiere Tribeca FF, Official Selection Melbourne International FF,  New Zealand International FF, Chicago International FF


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:50am - 12:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:00am

The First Boys of Spring

The First Boys of Spring (Arkansas)

D: Larry Foley | USA | 60 min | World Premiere

Beginning in 1886, baseball spring training was held for the first time, not in Florida or Arizona, but in the Arkansas resort town of Hot Springs, and that’s where the annual rite caught on. For parts of eight decades, many of the best who ever played the game, came to Hot Springs to shake off the rust from winters of sedentary indulgence to prepare for long seasons ahead, with such teams as the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Pirates—and the Negro League’s Monarchs, Crawfords and Grays. Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, the film regales stories of baseball Hall of Famers who worked out, gambled and partied in Hot Springs, including a young Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Satchel Paige, Honus Wagner and baseball’s first superstar, Mike “King” Kelly.

Screening is presented by Visit Hot Springs and held at Horner Hall, Hot Springs Convention Center

Attending: director Larry Foley, special guest Lou Brock, multiple cast members

Speakers
FS

Famed St Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson

“Gibby is one of baseball’s greatest competitors.” Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial | | Bob Gibson may well have been the most intimidating pitcher in history. He was certainly one of the most successful. The Omaha native excelled at baseball and basketball in high school, and played college hoops for Creighton University before a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1957, he signed with the Cardinals, and made his big-league debut in... Read More →

Artists
LF

Larry Foley

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Professor, broadcast journalism. Foley is a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker. His productions have earned five Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and 14 Emmy nominations in writing, journalistic enterprise, history, cultural history, special program and community service. His University of Arkansas students have been awarded an additional six Emmys for films produced under Professor’s Foley... Read More →



Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Horner Hall 134 Convention Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71901

11:30am

Driving On Air

Driving on Air

D: Katherine Wells | USA | 4 min

A young Romanian inventor builds an eco-friendly car made out of half a million LEGO pieces that runs on compressed air.

The Atlantic Website


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Go Sebastien Go!

Go Sebastien Go!

D: Eva Longoria | USA | 16 min

Sebastien De La Cruz, a young finalist on America's Got Talent finalist, faced racist criticism after performing the national anthem in a mariachi outfit at the 2013 NBA Finals.

Official Selection Tribeca

Artists
avatar for Sebastien De La Cruz

Sebastien De La Cruz

It was mainstream America's first real prime time glimpse into the beautiful music of Mariachi; and it was heard through the voice of a very talented 12-year old. During the summer of 2012, the international talent show known as "America's Got Talent" gave national exposure to Texas' very own "golden cowboy," Sebastien De La Cruz. NBC producers along with millions of viewers fell in love with the charismatic and respectful persona of Sebastien... Read More →



Saturday October 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

How To Catch A Tiger

How to Catch a Tiger

D: Michael Booth | USA | 10 min

With time running out, two filmmakers scramble to learn how to use an ultra high-speed camera and get to Far East Russia in time to catch a rare Siberian tiger the moment it's released back to the wild.


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Mo's Bows

Mo’s Bows

D: Jennifer Treuting, Kristen McGregor | USA | 6 min

Most sixth-graders count their accomplishments in terms of trophies and medals, but Moziah Bridges tracks his achievements by the number of bow ties he has sold to local Memphis vendors.

Official Selection TIFF Kids


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:30pm

Free Family Friendly Magic Show / Arlington Lobby
Imagine -- a magic show that brings your imagination to life!  Don't miss the magic of Ed Magic in the Arlington Lobby
 

Artists
EM

Ed Magic

Ed Magic Entertainment
Ed Magic’s award winning comedy, magic, and illusions have taken him coast-to-coast. He was the winner of The Best Comedy Magic Award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1999. He has appeared on U.S. and European television and film. His live shows have been seen across the U.S. in comedy clubs, major resorts and in mega casinos including close up and stage performances in Las Vegas, like Ceasars’ Palace, MGM... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Arlington Lobby

12:40pm

From This Day Forward

From This Day Forward

D:Sharon Shattuck | USA | 76 min | Arkansas Premiere

With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to examine the mystery at the heart of her upbringing: How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together against all odds. From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with the most intimate of transformations.

Official Selection AFI Docs, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Frameline, Camden International

Attending: director Sharon Shattuck

Artists
avatar for Sharon Shattuck

Sharon Shattuck

Co-Founder, Sweet Fern Productions
Sharon Shattuck is a filmmaker and animator. She's the co-creator of the New York Times Op-Docs series 'Animated Life,' which illustrates historical moments of scientific discovery using stringent journalism and paper puppets. Her animations are featured in several award-winning documentary films and shorts, including the Emmy-nominated feature, The City Dark, which aired on PBS’s POV series in 2012, and The Search For General Tso, which... Read More →



Saturday October 10, 2015 12:40pm - 2:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:00pm

Ghost Town To Havana

Ghost Town To Havana

D: Eugene Corr | USA | 86 min | Regional Premiere

A life rampant, street level story of mentorship and everyday heroism in tough circumstances. An inner city coach's son, estranged in his youth from his father, spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches, Roscoe in Oakland and Nicolas in Havana. The coaches meet on videotape and two years of red tape later, Coach Roscoe and nine Oakland players travel to Havana to play Coach Nicolas' team. For one week, the players and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue and play baseball. Real friendships form. But when the parent of an Oakland player is murdered back home, it brings back the inescapable reality of life in an American inner city.

Official Selection Hollywood Film Festival

Production manager/ production coordinator Olga de Los Angeles Lopez Rodriguez was on the project from the beginning, and also conducted and coordinated Spanish language interviews in Havana.

Attending:  associate producer Liza Corr, subject Coach Roscoe Bryant

Artists
LC

Liza Corr

Associate Producer of Ghost Town To Havana



Saturday October 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

2:00pm

Animals! Make & Take Sculpture Workshop at Emergent Arts

Animals! Make & Take Sculpture Workshop
All Ages (under 5 requires parent)

 Students will be led through the creation of a Tiger or a Penguin, inspired by films at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival: How to Catch a Tiger, showing Saturday 10/10 at 11:30am, and The Penguin Counters, showing Sunday 10/11 at 11:50.

Emergent Arts 341-A Whittington Ave.

Pre-Registration for the workshop is recommended as space is limited. Register online at www.emergentarts.org

FREE EVENT

Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Emergent Arts 341a Whittington Ave Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901

2:30pm

In Transit

In Transit

D: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu | 76 min | Regional Premiere

A journey into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Captured in the tradition of Direct Cinema, the film unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, in which passengers share their fears, hopes, and dreams. In the space between stations, where ‘real life’ is suspended, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers, and where a peculiar atmosphere of contemplation and community develops. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation to others it is reckoning and loss. But for all, it is a place for personal reflection and connecting with others they may otherwise never know.

Winner Special Jury Mention and World Documentary Competition Selection Tribeca FF, Official Selection AFI Docs, Vancouver International

We dedicate this screening to the memory of Albert Maysles

Attending: co-director Lynn True

Artists


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:30pm - 4:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:00pm

Tess Harper: Life, Hollywood, and Home Truths

Tess Harper: Life, Hollywood and Home Truths

Mammoth Spring, Arkansas native Tess Harper most definitely has a story to tell. The Oscar-nominated actress will be interviewed in front of a live audience on opening weekend to discuss her 30-year career in film and television, then answer questions from the audience.


Attending: actress Tess Harper


Saturday October 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:15pm

Killing Them Safely

Killing Them Safely ( Missouri)

D: Nick Berardini | USA | Regional Premiere

A close examination of Taser International, the manufacturer of  the eponymous electrical weapons marketed as a non-lethal alternative to guns. Weaving together testing footage and footage from real world use of the weapon, Killing Them Safely exposes the lack of oversight and regulation, and the fatalities that have occurred as Taser use by law enforcement has increased dramatically.

World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection Hot Docs

Saturday October 10, 2015 4:15pm - 6:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:20pm

Romeo Is Bleeding

Romeo is Bleeding

D: Jason Zeldes | USA | 93 min | Regional Premiere

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA.

Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his

experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like­-minded

youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,

with the hope of starting genuine dialogue about violence in the city. Spoken-word poetry and Shakespeare create powerful synergy.

Winner Audience Award  San Francisco International FF, Winner Audience Award and Special Jury Prize Berkshire International FF,  Winner Grand Jury Prize Rooftop Films,

Winner Golden Space Needle Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Seattle International FF

Attending: director Jason Zeldes

Artists
JZ

Jason Zeldes

Jason is a documentary director and editor, best known for editing the 2013 Academy Award ® winning film, “Twenty Feet From Stardom”. The film earned Zeldes an ACE Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature.  Most recently, Jason edited “Racing Extinction” which premiered at Sundance 2015, and "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble", which premiered at Toronto 2015. Prior to his editing... Read More →



Saturday October 10, 2015 4:20pm - 6:15pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Chameleon

Chameleon

D: Ryan Mullins | USA | 76 min | Regional Premiere

A janitor mopping floors in a brothel. A drugged out Rastafarian in a psychiatric ward. A wealthy investor in high heels and lipstick. These are just a few of the disguises that Anas Aremeyaw Anas has used to infiltrate Africa’s criminal underworld. But Ghana’s most notorious journalist is more than just a reporter. He’s a crime fighter who uses his journalistic skills to bust corruption; a modern day folk hero who keeps his identity hidden from the public. Anas reveals a side of Africa rarely seen: tabloid journalism, high-tech surveillance and high-speed car chases. Filmmaker Ryan Mullins goes beyond the pulp thriller to create a complex and revealing portrait. Is Anas a journalist, or a vigilante? Just how far is he willing to go to uncover the truth? CHAMELEON takes us deep into the most difficult case Anas has faced to date, and the legal and moral conflicts challenging him.

World Premiere IDFA, Tempo Documentary Festival (Sweden), Irep Nigeria, Hot Docs. Cleveland International FF, Calgary international FF


Saturday October 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Harry & Snowman

Harry and Snowman

D: Ron Davis | USA | 84 min | Arkansas Premiere

The remarkable life story of international show jumping legend Harry deLeyer, a Dutch immigrant whose career was launched by his famous show jumping horse Snowman. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory for only $80. Less than two years after he rescued Snowman, they rose to become the national show jumping champions and were the Cinderella story and media darlings of late 1950's and 1960's. The true heart of the film is not the remarkable rags-to-riches story of both Harry & Snowman, but the lasting and impactful relationship that is built between Harry, Snowman and the entire deLeyer family. Very few horse stories have been able to truly touch the hearts of a nation. Red Pollard & Seabiscuit did in the 1930's, Harry DeLeyer & Snowman did it in the 1950's and then Ron Turcotte & Secretariat were the last to do it in the 1970's. Harry and Snowman allows 85 year old Harry to to tell his remarkable story in his own words.

World Premiere Full Frame, Official Selection Napa Valley FF, Winner Best Documentary Nantucket FF, Winner Best of the Fest Woods Hole FF

Attending: Director Ron Davis, subjects Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer

Artists
avatar for Ron Davis

Ron Davis

Director/Producer, Docutainment Films
Director, HARRY & SNOWMAN (www.harryandsnowman.com)



Saturday October 10, 2015 6:30pm - 8:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:15pm

King Georges

King George

D: Erika Frankel | USA | 77 min | Arkansas Premiere

Philadelphia, circa 2010, is about to lose its culinary treasure: Le Bec-Fin, one of the finest French restaurants in the country. The 67-year-old owner, Georges Perrier, nearly as iconic as his landmark eatery, is preparing to sell the restaurant after more than four decades in business. Filmmaker Erika Frankel, a native of the Philly suburbs, asks if she could film Perrier as an era-ending tribute. Perrier, however, has other plans. He decides to withdraw the sale and reinvent Le Bec-Fin by hiring a new protégé, Chef Nicholas Elmi, who achieved national fame on the “Top Chef” TV show. Perrier wants to pass the business to Elmi, but finds he has trouble letting go of the spatula. Over a three-year period, Frankel captures this mercurial, passionate, quixotic force of nature as he struggles to preserve his sumptuous Gallic dishes in an era where casual attitudes and lighter fare are taking hold. Spiced with archival footage and interviews from world-renowned chefs, such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Eric Ripert, King Georges is a feast for the eyes, as well as a touching portrait of a master artist in the twilight of his career who realizes he is still hungry for seconds.  

Official Selection Full Frame, AFI Docs, Seattle International FF, IFFBoston


Saturday October 10, 2015 8:15pm - 9:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

The Hunting Of The President: Redux

The Hunting of the President: Redux

D: Harry Thomason, Nichlas Perry | USA | 101 min | World Premiere

We currently live in one of the most tumultuous political climates of the nation’s history, a climate where politicians can be toppled on a whim. Using new interviews, and shocking revelations from both sides of the political spectrum, Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry’s 2015 update of their original 2004  documentary based on the best-selling book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason offers a glimpse at the genesis of extreme partisan vendettas.  It explores the myths and truths behind the twenty year campaign to destroy the Clinton legacy, with the footage from the original version seeming more relevant today than a decade ago. The Hunting of the President Redux offers a gallery of defeated politicians, disappointed office seekers, extremist pamphleteers, wealthy eccentrics, zany private detectives, religious fanatics and die-hard segregationists, all chiming in discord.  An alarming treatise on the political power of the media and personal interests.

Attending: director Harry Thomason, subject Susan McDougal

Artists
avatar for Harry Thomason

Harry Thomason

Born and raised in Hampton, Arkansas, the former Little Rock high school speech teacher and football coach produced series and mini-series hits including The Fall Guy, The Blue & The Gray, but is known best for his work producing the iconic comedy hits Designing Women, Evening Shade, and Hearts A’Fire. He has been nominated for numerous awards including an Emmy, Director’s Guild Award, and a People’s Choice Award &ndash... Read More →



Saturday October 10, 2015 8:30pm - 10:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:00pm

Spa City Mobster Party @ Gangster Museum of America

Transport yourself back in time to circa 1930 when mineral water, gambling, bootlegging, and more extreme pleasures brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Try your luck at blackjack, craps, and roulette alongside filmmakers and special guests


All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.

Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00pm - Sunday October 11, 2015 12:30am
Gangster Museum of America 113 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
 
Sunday, October 11
 

9:30am

Very Semi-Serious

Very Semi-Serious

D: Leah Wolchok | USA | 83 min | Regional Premiere

The New Yorker is the undisputed king of the single panel cartoon. Whether they leave us amused, inspired, or even a little baffled, the iconic cartoons have become instantly recognizable over the past 90 years. Very Semi-Serious  offers viewers a  glimpse into the process behind the cartoons with legends Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg submitting their work alongside newbies like graphic novelist Liana Finck. Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff sifts through hundreds of submissions every week to bring readers a carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work, striving to nurture new talent while continuing to uphold the magazine’s established style. Leah Wolchok's light-hearted and sometimes poignant debut offers a window into The New Yorker’s unique brand of subtle, contemplative humor, and perhaps also onto what it means to laugh at ourselves.

Official Selection Tribeca FF, Vancouver International FF, AFI Docs, Seattle International FF, San Francisco International FF


Sunday October 11, 2015 9:30am - 10:55am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:50am

Democrats

Democrats

D: Camilla Nielsson | USA | 100 min | Regional Premiere

Two political opponents are appointed to write Zimbabwe's new constitution.It is the ultimate test that can bring an end to President Mugabe's 30 years of autocratic rule.It can go either way: towards the birth of a constitutional democracy - or renewed repression.

Winner Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca FF, Winner Best Nordic Documentary Nordisk Panorama FF, Official Selection Hot Docs, Tribeca FF,CPH:DOX, New Zealand International FF


Sunday October 11, 2015 9:50am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:10am

Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Raiders! : The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made  (Texas)

D: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen | USA | 104 min| Regional Premiere

In 1982, two 11-year-old Mississippi boys set out to remake their favorite film,Raiders of the Lost Ark, shot-for-shot, a goal that consumed seven turbulent summers, testing the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down a  house in the process. By the time the boys had reached 18,  they had completed every scene except one: the explosion of the airplane in the final scene of the original film . Thirty years later, Chris and Eric decided to realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75-foot "Flying Wing" plane in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi.  This is the surprisingly moving story behind those seven summers of their youth, going behind the scenes for the making of "the greatest fan film ever made."

Official Selection SXSW


Sunday October 11, 2015 11:10am - 1:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:50am

The Penguin Counters

The Penguin Counters

D: Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon | USA | 67 min | Regional Premiere

The Penguin Counters follows a rag-tag team of field biologists on a treacherous journey to the Antarctic where they track the impact of climate change – one penguin at a time.

Winner Special Jury Award Mexico International FF, Winner Audience Choice Award Esperanza FFl (Moscow), Winner Wild Animal Award British Documentary FF, Winner Honourable Mention Blue Ocean FF (Monaco), Official Selection Santa Barbara International FF


 


 


Sunday October 11, 2015 11:50am - 1:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:00pm

Meet Kai the Penguin

1:00 pm Kai the Penguin

Kai is an African Penguin born at the Little Rock Zoo as part of the Zoo's African Penguin Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The African Penguin is an endangered animal found off the coasts of South Africa and Namibia that is threatened by over-fishing, oil spills, and habitat loss. Kai's birth is also a part of the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program, a cooperative program established between AZA member zoos to save the African Penguin in its wild habitat. Five penguin chicks have been born at the zoo since 2011 when the zoo opened the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Point Exhibit. Arlington Lobby  FREE EVENT

Sunday October 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Arlington Lobby

1:20pm

Driving With Selvi

Driving with Selvi

D: Elisa Paloschi | CANADA | 72 min | U.S. Premiere

Selvi, like so many girls living in India, was forced to marry at 14, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair she escapes, flees to a highway with the intent of throwing herself under a bus. But rather than jump, she boards the bus, choosing to live… going on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.

Through Selvi’s eyes, we share an intimate journey of healing, overcoming hardships, and fulfilling dreams. And throughout, Selvi’s unwavering spirit shines through. With unbounding charm, remarkable strength and tremendous courage, Selvi speaks to us by the end of the film as almost a sage or our wisest teacher, sharing important, hard-won secrets about happiness and life.

World Premiere Raindance FF



Sunday October 11, 2015 1:20pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

The Man Who Saved Ben Hur

The Man Who Saved Ben Hur

D: Joe Forte | USA | 55 min| Regional Premiere

Featuring never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia from Hollywood's golden era of filmmaking,The Man Who Saved Ben-Huris an intimate look into one man's behind the scenes life with  the famous and infamous.Where relationships were formed, treasured and ultimately forgotten by the time the production ended. Through the words and images of the last living crew member of the legendary epic masterpiece Ben-Hur,the film explores the nature of our very human need to simply be remembered.

Official Selection Docutah FF

Attending: director Joe Forte

Artists
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Joe Forte

Producer, Director, The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur
Director of The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur. Things about me: Just showed my film at DocUtah. Bringing my 12-year-old son with me to Hot Springs! I live in Los Angeles. My film is a look into the life of life lived behind the scenes in old Hollywood. Features hundreds of never-before-seen photos of Rock Hudson, Bette Davis, Charlton Heston, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Gore Vidal and more. Come see our film and say hi!! TRAILER... Read More →



Sunday October 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:15pm

Shoulder The Lion

Shoulder the Lion

D:Erinnisse Heuer & Patryk Rebisz | USA | 74 min | Regional Premiere

Using stories of three artists who have lost one of the fives sense, and in each case the particular sense that has defined  their art, this visual essay explores the meaning of images, fragility of memories and desire for relevance in today's world. A photographer, who is blind, questions the power of images in our visually saturated culture. Forced to give up his dream of playing music due to his advancing hearing loss, a musician must reinvent his future. A painter who lost half her brain in a boxing match searches for her place in life, unsure of what her relationship should now be to the world. Each of the three artists leads us closer to the answer of this vital question: how do we keep going after we face dramatic life changes and we can no longer trust our most prominent instinct?

Winner International Critics Prize Krakow FF, Winner Top Ten Audience Award Jameson Dublin International, Best Documentary Trenton FF, Official Selection Hot Docs

Attending: Director Patrick Rebisz, subject Katie Dallam

Artists
PR

Patrick Rebisz

Founder/Producer/Director/Editor, Tupelo Productions LLC
Director of Shoulder The Lion



Sunday October 11, 2015 3:15pm - 5:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:20pm

What Makes Us - ESPNW Series

What Makes Us

ESPNW Series


Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo, a sibling director team known as the Mundo Sisters, created and directed WHAT MAKES US, a new series of short films on elite female athletes for ESPNW.

Nadine Mundo will be on hand to talk about the making of the films, working with star athletes and to answer questions from the audience.

Riss

For most of her life, Carissa Moore has been on a path to becoming the world's top female surfer. But after her first world title -- at age 18 -- she faced unexpected criticism, not of her surfing, but of her body. In Riss, Moore describes her journey to victory, and how she overcame the self-doubt and body issues that threatened her dreams.

Knighter

When Olympic medalist Hilary Knight was five, she told her grandmother she was going to be in the Olympics for hockey. Her grandmother’s response was, “Girls don’t play hockey.” Knight went on to become the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey team and is considered one of the greatest female ice hockey players in the world.  In Knighter, she describes the obstacles she overcame, how the Gold Medal Game in Sochi changed the public’s view of women’s ice hockey, and her quest to help young girls feel confident to play the sport they love.

Vero

In this espnW Originals film, Spain's Verónica "Vero" Boquete talks about her struggle growing up in a country that didn't accept women's soccer and her rise to become an international sensation.

 

Artists
NM

Nadine Mundo

Co-Director of What Makes Us



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Sunday October 11, 2015 3:20pm - 4:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:50pm

Can You Dig This

Can You Dig This

D: Delila Vallot | USA | 80 min | Regional Premiere

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. Watch the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

Winner LA Muse Jury Award Los Angeles FF

Attending: director Delila Vellot

Artists
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Delila Vallot

Director
Director, Can You Dig This | Delila Vallot is an actress, dancer, and director, born and raised in Hollywood, California. In her career, she has worked with some of the most well-known choreographers to date, including Vince Patterson, Jaime Rogers, and Debbie Allen, and has performed in such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Academy Awards, and Comic Relief and films including Rent, Coyote Ugly, and The Singing Detective. She made her feature... Read More →



Sunday October 11, 2015 4:50pm - 6:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

5:15pm

"Be Here Now" (The Andy Whitfield Story)

Be Here Now

D: Lilibet Foster | USA | 100 min | Regional Premiere

As though life is imitating art, actor, Andy Whitfield had just achieved his dream of becoming a star as the tragic-hero of the hit series, 'Spartacus,' when he is faced with his biggest personal challenge – life-threatening cancer. Andy and his wife Vashti commit to taking his healing into their own hands and to embracing life, rather than allowing fear to rule them. Not knowing the outcome, they allowed a camera to follow their family on their journey to find a cure. Shot in verite style in India, Australia, New Zealand and New York, and offering an intimate, insider’s view of both a love story and the couple’s fight to face their fears, go for their dreams, and make every moment count..

Winner Audience Award Los Angeles Film Festival

Attending: director Lilibet Foster

Artists
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Lilibet Foster

Director, Writer and Producer, Be Here Now Productions & Asphalt Films Entertainment
Lilibet Foster is a multiple award-winning director, producer and writer of feature documentaries, television programs and integrated brand campaigns. She earned an Oscar® Nomination for producing feature documentary “Speaking in Strings”, while her previously produced film, “Soul in the Hole,” won the Independent Spirit®: Truer Than Fiction Award. Her doc, “Brotherhood: Life in the FDNY,” Gala Premiered at the Tribeca Film... Read More →



Sunday October 11, 2015 5:15pm - 7:15pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:45pm

GORED

Gored

D: Ido Mizrahy | USA/Mexico/Spain | 74 min | Regional Premiere

Antonio Barrera is the most gored bullfighter in modern history, and known to perform with total abandonment. He’s been gored twenty three times, an unusually high number that includes seventeen surgeries, countless broken bones and many scars. Now with a family to consider, a body that won’t hold up and a lack of interest from promoters, Barrera has decided to retire. Before his last bullfight, he is conflicted. After taking such a beating all his life, he dreams of staying alive for his family. Yet he still fantasizes of becoming a well known bullfighter, a dream that he and his father shared, and to do that he feels he must sacrifice himself to the bulls. Will he survive his final performance?

Official Selection Tribeca

Attending: director Ido Mizrahy

Artists
IM

Ido Mizrahy

Director of GORED



Sunday October 11, 2015 6:45pm - 8:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

7:30pm

Love Between The Covers

Love Between the Covers

D: Laurie Kahn | USA | 95 min | Regional Premiere

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who

write them. Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year -- outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike any other.Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

Official Selection Hot Docs, Los Angeles FF, Boston Independent FF

Attending: director Laurie Kahn, and New York Times Bestselling Author Eloisa James via Skype

Artists
avatar for Eloisa James

Eloisa James

Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn

Founder, CEO, Blueberry Hill Productions LLC
Director of Love Between The Covers



Sunday October 11, 2015 7:30pm - 9:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

D: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen  | USA | 94 min | Regional Premiere

A shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), started by three 12-year-olds and completed over a period of six years.

Special Event Screening SXSW


Sunday October 11, 2015 8:30pm - 10:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:00pm

Ryan Cassata
Sunday October 11, 2015 9:00pm - 11:45pm
Deluca's Pizzeria Napoletana 407 Park Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901

9:00pm

Pizza Extravaganza! @ Deluca's Pizzeria Napoletana

Deluca's Pizzeria Napoletana

Enjoy a signature pie made from locally supplied pepperoni, cappicola, soppressata, shiitake mushrooms, farm fresh onions, basil, and tomatoes. Pizza like you’ve never tasted it before! Enjoy performances by musical guests Ryan Cassata & Dana Falconberry. Cash bar.

All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.

Sunday October 11, 2015 9:00pm - 11:45pm
Deluca's Pizzeria Napoletana 407 Park Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901

9:30pm

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year

D: Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy | USA | 83 min | Arkansas Premiere

The War on Terror started with the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. in 2014, NATO pulled out, leaving the fight to Afghans, including the soldiers of Heavy Weapons Company 3/3/215 Corps of the Afghan National Army. Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy’s remarkable portrait provides a gritty, complex, and haunting look at a year in the lives of those soldiers. In some ways, they’re like soldiers everywhere.

Winner Amnesty International Film Prize and Panorama Audience Award Berlin International FF, Winner Best Documentary Madrid International FF, Official Selection DOXA Documentary FF, Sheffield International FF, Full Frame Documentary FF


Sunday October 11, 2015 9:30pm - 10:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771
 
Monday, October 12
 

9:30am

Emerging Filmmakers Workshop
Artists

Monday October 12, 2015 9:30am - 5:00pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

9:45am

A Time and Place, a talk with my mom

A Time and Place, a talk with my mom

D: Martijn Veldhoen | Netherlands | 36 min

The mother of the filmmaker tells about how her life has gone when she first came to live in a poorly maintained canal house in Amsterdam fifty years ago.

Official Selection Rotterdam FF

 

 

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 9:45am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:45am

Directed by Tweedie

Directed by Tweedie

D: Duncan Cowles | UK/Scotland | 17 min

Examine the difficulties of communication between the generations, as Tweedie is encouraged to see the world differently through the lens of his grandson.

Official Selection Edinburgh FF


Monday October 12, 2015 9:45am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:45am

If Mama Ain't Happy, Nobody's Happy

If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy

D: Me de Jong | Netherlands | 25 min

A mother and daughter embark on a journey together to make a portrait about the four generations of their family who all managed without a man.

Official Selection IDFA

 



Monday October 12, 2015 9:45am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:45am

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

D: Danielle Schwartz | Israel | 11 min

An Israeli filmmaker and her Jewish grandparents negotiate the proper words to use in telling the untold history of a large crystal mirror in their home that was taken from a Palestinian village during the Nakba.

DocNYC award

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 9:45am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:45am

Neither Here, Nor There (Ni Aqui, Ni Alla)

Neither Here, Nor There (Ni Aquí, Ni Allá)

D: Gabriela Bortolamedi | USA | 24 min

Blanca, a 20-year old undocumented young woman from Mexico, navigates the challenges of college life as her parents struggle to make ends meet while supporting their daughter in the pursuit of her dreams.

Official Selection Margaret Mead FF

 

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 9:45am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

American Renaissance

American Renaissance

D: Jarred ALterman, Ryan Scafuro | USA | 9 min

Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England in a small town in upstate New York which hosts one of the largest renaissance faires in the US each year.

Official Selection Tribeca


Monday October 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Good Muslim Girls

Good Muslim Girls

D: Marilyn Agrelo | USA | 8 min

In an increasingly-radicalized Iraq, two female college students refuse to wear the hijab and dress in Western-style outfits as matter of rebellion and human rights.

Official Selection UN Film Fest

 



Monday October 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Pink Boy

Pink Boy

D: Eric Rockey | USA | 15 min

Butch lesbian BJ successfully avoided dresses her entire life until she adopted Jeffrey, who to her shock, starts to dance in gowns and perform for his parents.

Official Selection Nantucket, Palm Springs Award

 



Monday October 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Stand

Stand

D: Melanie D’Andrea | USA | 21 min

As an alternative to the rough streets of Los Angeles, a Krump group called Demolition Crew offers the youth a safe haven to express themselves.

DGA Award

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Steam Dream

Steam Dream

D: Mischa Cantu | USA | 19 min

A Plague Doctor's journey through the aesthetic and people of Steampunk- the future re-imagined through the lens of the past.

USC Student Film

 



Monday October 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Sugar Coated

Sugar Coated

D: Christopher Parson | USA | 11 min

Lolita, a fashion movement imported from the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, has a thriving group of followers in Los Angeles whose motivations range from self expression to the questioning of identity and body image.

LA Underground Award

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

We Live This

We Live This

D: James Burns | USA | 10 min

A story of four boys from the projects who have come together to pursue their dreams in a bustling metropolis that spreads over five boroughs. Most new Yorkers who ride the subways have opinions about them, but what lies beneath these young performers is more than what meets the eye.

Tribeca FF  Award

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:45am

Love Between The Covers

Love Between the Covers

D: Laurie Kahn | USA | 95 min | Regional Premiere

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who

write them. Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year -- outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike any other.Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

Official Selection Hot Docs, Los Angeles FF, Boston Independent FF

Attending: director Laurie Kahn, and New York Times Bestselling Author Eloisa James via Skype

Artists
avatar for Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn

Founder, CEO, Blueberry Hill Productions LLC
Director of Love Between The Covers



Monday October 12, 2015 11:45am - 1:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:50am

A Strong Beat

A Strong Beat

D: Daniel Addelson | USA | 13 min

Erin Roberts thought her world had ended when her brother Kellen died suddenly at 22, until she met Connor Rabinowitz who received Kellen's heart in a transplant.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 11:50am - 1:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:50am

Mr. Gold

Mr. Gold

D: Brian Carlson | USA | 4 min

Jose Melendez, a 21-time felon and two time Maury show guest, crafts a new life through becoming a street corner promoter.

VIMEO Staff Pick, Official Selection Florida FF, Brooklyn FF

 



Monday October 12, 2015 11:50am - 1:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:50am

Starting Point (Punkt wyjscia)

Starting Point (Punkt wyjscia)

D: Michal Szczesniak | Poland | 25 min

Aneta 'rebelled to the max' at the age of nineteen and wound up in prison for murder. Nine years later, her daily routine takes her from behind the walls of the prison to a care home for the elderly.

Official Selection Sundance, IDFA, Sheffield Award

 

 



Monday October 12, 2015 11:50am - 1:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:50am

HomeGirls

Homegirls

D: Elizabeth Cirillo | USA | 21 min

Former gang members Maria and Joselyn attempt to start new lives while overcoming the temptations of addiction and street life.

USC Student Film


Monday October 12, 2015 11:50am - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:50am

Maratus

Maratus

D: Simon Cunich | Australia | 30 min

A garbage collector takes a photo of a tiny colourful spider and unknowingly discovers a new species. There follows an epic three-year quest that transforms his life.

Official Selection Canberra FF

 



Monday October 12, 2015 11:50am - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

GORED

Gored

D: Ido Mizrahy | USA/Mexico/Spain | 74 min | Regional Premiere

Antonio Barrera is the most gored bullfighter in modern history, and known to perform with total abandonment. He’s been gored twenty three times, an unusually high number that includes seventeen surgeries, countless broken bones and many scars. Now with a family to consider, a body that won’t hold up and a lack of interest from promoters, Barrera has decided to retire. Before his last bullfight, he is conflicted. After taking such a beating all his life, he dreams of staying alive for his family. Yet he still fantasizes of becoming a well known bullfighter, a dream that he and his father shared, and to do that he feels he must sacrifice himself to the bulls. Will he survive his final performance?

Official Selection Tribeca

Attending: director Ido Mizrahy

Artists
IM

Ido Mizrahy

Director of GORED



Monday October 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:45pm

The Creeping Garden

The Creeping Garden

D: Jasper Sharp, Tim Grabham | USA | 82 min | Regional Premiere

A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined.The Creeping Garden is a multi award winning feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould. The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat. Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham's previous feature 'KanZeOn' and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology. With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog's 'Grizzly Man') this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.

Winner Best Documentary Outlier Film Festival, Winner Bronze Skull Special Mention Morbido Fest, Winner Best Directors Documentary for Fantastic Fest


Monday October 12, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:15pm

Outlaw: Life, Death and Texas Football

Outlaw: Life, Death and Texas Football  (Arkansas)

D: Matt Skinner | USA | 76 min |  World Premiere

The story of Arkansas native and high school football coaching legend John Outlaw. From humble beginnings, Outlaw rose to become synonymous with high school football in America. But John Outlaw was much more than a coach; his passion for football was matched only by the consideration he showed his players, his support for his coaches, and by his message about the game of football: that the game is about far more than winning. Follow this compelling journey as filmmaker Matt Skinner explores the life and influence of Coach John Outlaw.  

 

          

Artists
MS

Matt Skinner

Owner, Skinner Digital
Hello, | My name is Matt Skinner and I am thankful to have had the life altering experience of filming Outlaw:Life, Death and Texas Football. Coach Outlaw's reach was so far and wide it was staggering at times just thinking of the influence he became from the life that he had lived. I was just lucky enough to get the chance to make a film about him and some of his closest friends. We can also talk current weather patters in the US, birds... Read More →



Monday October 12, 2015 3:15pm - 4:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:30pm

A Passion of Gold and Fire (Une Passion d'or et de Feu)

A Passion of Gold and Fire (Une Passion d'or et de Feu)

D: Sebastien Pins | Belgium | 6 min

A beekeeper worries about the future of his apiary school and the lack of people willing to harvest the honey by hand.

Official Selection SIF, New Orleans Film Festival, Maui Film Festival

 

 




Monday October 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:30pm

Allen & Alinea

Allen & Alinea

D: Daniel Addelson | USA | 13 min

Allen Hemberger is an obsessive amateur chef who single handedly recreated the impossibly ambitious Alinea Cookbook, a modern bible of molecular gastronomy, out of his home kitchen.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 




Monday October 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:30pm

Crafted

Crafted

D: Morgan Spurlock | USA | 24 min

The struggles and triumphs of five modern artisans who vary by trade but share a passion to create.

Amazon Online

 

 




Monday October 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:30pm

Katsuo-Bushi

Katsuo-Bushi

D: Yu Nakajima | Japan | 23 min

Katsuo-bushi is a key ingredient in Japanese cuisine (part of UNESCO's intangible Cultural Heritage list) and it is made by craftsmen according to the traditional methods.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 

 

 




Monday October 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:30pm

Sandorkraut

Sandorkraut

D: Emily Lobsenz, Ann Husaini

Food author and fermentation guru Sandor Katz revives ancient culinary rituals that have transformed his relationship with life and death.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 




Monday October 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:30pm

Zapatero

Zapatero

D: Madelon Vroom | Spain/UK | 14 min

Emilio a 90 year old cobbler and his ambitious son Daniel decide to work together but the craftsmanship in Europe is slowly disappearing.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 

 




Monday October 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:00pm

Whittington Place Mixer

Whittington Place Mixer  

Salute the young filmmakers of HSDFF/ AETN Emerging Filmmakers Program from high schools and middle schools across the State of Arkansas.

Student filmmakers, Emerging Filmmaker instructors, VIP passholders, visiting filmmakers & special guests welcome.

Monday October 12, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Whittington Place 301 Whittington Ave.

5:00pm

There Will Be No Stay

There Will Be No Stay (Nebraska)

D: Patty Ann Dillon | USA | 71 min

There Will Be No Stay is a film about the men who are tasked by society with carrying out the death penalty. A firsthand look at executioners, the pressures involved, and the unbearable toll of  taking of another’s life.There Will Be No Stay explores the intersecting lives of members of an execution team, speaking publicly for the first time about their personal paths to emotional freedom from a process shrouded in secrecy.         

Official Selection for Omaha Film Festival


Monday October 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

5:30pm

Driving With Selvi

Driving with Selvi

D: Elisa Paloschi | CANADA | 72 min | U.S. Premiere

Selvi, like so many girls living in India, was forced to marry at 14, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair she escapes, flees to a highway with the intent of throwing herself under a bus. But rather than jump, she boards the bus, choosing to live… going on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.

Through Selvi’s eyes, we share an intimate journey of healing, overcoming hardships, and fulfilling dreams. And throughout, Selvi’s unwavering spirit shines through. With unbounding charm, remarkable strength and tremendous courage, Selvi speaks to us by the end of the film as almost a sage or our wisest teacher, sharing important, hard-won secrets about happiness and life.

World Premiere Raindance FF

Attending: director Elisa Paloschi


Monday October 12, 2015 5:30pm - 7:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:45pm

Woke Up One Mornin' in the Arkansas Delta

Woke Up One Mornin’ in the Arkansas Delta (Missouri)

D: Ben Meade | USA | 82 min

Over the course of three years, filmmaker Benjamin Meade and  singer songwriter Paul Sammons toured the Arkansas Delta. Together they experienced the happiness, hardship, music and food within the Delta culture. Many prominent Arkansans appear in the film, speaking out about the existing challenges of life the Delta, and how positive change might be possible in the lives of people in this powerful region.


Monday October 12, 2015 6:45pm - 8:35pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

7:30pm

King Georges

King George

D: Erika Frankel | USA | 77 min | Arkansas Premiere

Philadelphia, circa 2010, is about to lose its culinary treasure: Le Bec-Fin, one of the finest French restaurants in the country. The 67-year-old owner, Georges Perrier, nearly as iconic as his landmark eatery, is preparing to sell the restaurant after more than four decades in business. Filmmaker Erika Frankel, a native of the Philly suburbs, asks if she could film Perrier as an era-ending tribute. Perrier, however, has other plans. He decides to withdraw the sale and reinvent Le Bec-Fin by hiring a new protégé, Chef Nicholas Elmi, who achieved national fame on the “Top Chef” TV show. Perrier wants to pass the business to Elmi, but finds he has trouble letting go of the spatula. Over a three-year period, Frankel captures this mercurial, passionate, quixotic force of nature as he struggles to preserve his sumptuous Gallic dishes in an era where casual attitudes and lighter fare are taking hold. Spiced with archival footage and interviews from world-renowned chefs, such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Eric Ripert, King Georges is a feast for the eyes, as well as a touching portrait of a master artist in the twilight of his career who realizes he is still hungry for seconds.  

Official Selection Full Frame, AFI Docs, Seattle International FF, IFFBoston


Monday October 12, 2015 7:30pm - 8:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

Eureka! The Art of Being

Eureka! The Art of Being  (Arkansas)                                                                                                          

D: L Kai Robert | USA | 57 min

Explore the artistry in all of us through the camaraderie and creativity of the community of  Eureka Springs, Arkansas,  town of 2,000 people that over 300 artists, musicians and writers call home. Passion, wonder and creativity abound in this small quirky town tucked away in the Ozark Mountains. Eureka -- where inspiration flows in the water and is carried in the wind.

Official Selection for Ozark Foothills Film Fest


Monday October 12, 2015 8:30pm - 9:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

Dana Falconberry
Monday October 12, 2015 8:30pm - Tuesday October 13, 2015 12:00am
TBA

8:30pm

Adia Victoria
Monday October 12, 2015 8:30pm - Tuesday October 13, 2015 11:30pm
Maxine's Live 700 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

8:30pm

Maxine’s Live

Maxine’s Live 

Head over to Maxine’s Live, former place of business for 1930’s Hot Springs Madam, Maxine Temple Jones, known as the “Brothel Queen” and once touted as the richest madam in Arkansas. Enjoy the striking talents of performing musicians Adia Victoria, Dana Falconberry and Amyjo Savannah. Cash Bar.

All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.

Monday October 12, 2015 8:30pm - Tuesday October 13, 2015 11:30pm
Maxine's Live 700 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

9:15pm

War Of Lies

War of Lies

D: Matthias Bittner | USA | 90 min | Regional Premiere

War of Lies is the story of an Iraqi refugee, whose information about portable weapons of mass destruction passed through the hands of the BND, MI6 and CIA. This information was ultimately used by the US government to legitimize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today we know the war was based on a lie. The press blamed Rafed Aljanabi, though he proudly presents himself as the man who helped remove Saddam Hussein. Was Aljanabi really able to walk all over the world´s intelligence services? And how did this lie become a convenient truth?

Official Selection IDFA, Hot Docs, Seattle International FF


Monday October 12, 2015 9:15pm - 10:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771
 
Tuesday, October 13
 

9:30am

Emerging Filmmakers Workshop

Tuesday October 13, 2015 9:30am - 4:00pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

10:00am

AETN Student Selects Showcase (Free and Open to the General Public)
Some of the top student films from Arkansas Educational Television Network's student program Student Selects
Program Director: Casey Sanders 

Speakers

Tuesday October 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

In Utero

In Utero

D: Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal | USA | 84 min | Regional Premiere

Life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world will emerge as one of the most provocative subjects of the 21st Century.  Epigenetics, Alice In Wonderland, The Matrix, scientists, psychologists and doctors converge to prove that we are not what we think we are. IN UTERO brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, but no longer baffled by what the future holds for yourself, your loved ones, and the human race.

The feature will be preceded by short film The Columbarium  

Official Selection Seattle International FF, Hawaii International FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:15am

Romeo Is Bleeding

Romeo is Bleeding

D: Jason Zeldes | USA | 93 min | Regional Premiere

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA.

Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his

experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like­-minded

youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,

with the hope of starting genuine dialogue about violence in the city. Spoken-word poetry and Shakespeare create powerful synergy.

Winner Audience Award  San Francisco International FF, Winner Audience Award and Special Jury Prize Berkshire International FF,  Winner Grand Jury Prize Rooftop Films,

Winner Golden Space Needle Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Seattle International FF

Attending: director Jason Zeldes


Tuesday October 13, 2015 11:15am - 1:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:45am

Stranded In Canton

Stranded in Canton

D: Måns Månsson | USA | 77 min | Regional Premiere

Lebrun is a new player on the burgeoning Chinese-African trade route,brokering in Guangzhou an enormous order for Congolese presidential campaign t-shirts. But he gets stung when the order is held up in production until months after the election. Instead of returning to Kinshasa a rich man with a bright future, he remains in limbo in Guangzhou, facing nothing but mounting debts for warehousing the useless garments. Inspired by the success of fellow Africans on the field and determined not to return to his farm, Lebrun develops a plan to repurpose the t-shirts and sell them to the opposition for the 2016 election.

Official Selection CPH:DOX, Geneva International FF, IFF Rotterdam, Göteborg IFF, Festival de Rio, Tribeca FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 11:45am - 1:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:15pm

The End of the World (Koniec Swiata)

Koniec  Swiata (The End of the World)

D: Monika Pawluczuk | Poland | 40 min

On the night before the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar, people in a big city call into a Polish radio show and an emergency hotline.

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:15pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:15pm

Autofocus

Autofocus

D: Boris Poljak | Croatia | 28 min

Hidden microphones and a telephoto lens capture the banal, foolish, disrespectful, and  gluttonous behavior of tourists at a historic church monument in the Croatian countryside.

Karlovy Vary IFF award, Nashville FF award


Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:15pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:15pm

The Place (Miejsce)

The Place (Miejsce)

D: Julia Poplawska | Poland | 15 min

A mysterious workplace high in the mountains seemingly beyond time and space where the constant nocturnal observation of the surrounding world is an unbroken norm.

Official Selection Hot Docs

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:15pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:15pm

Worlds on Edge (Entremundo)

Worlds on Edge (Entremundo)

D: Thiago Brandimarte Mendonça, Renata Jardim | Brazil | 25 min

A day at the most unequal neighborhood of São Paulo where gated, gilded neighborhoods and poverty-stricken favellas exist side by side.

Official Selection 6th Oaxaca Film Festival - México, Official Selection DOC NYC

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:15pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:20pm

Body Team 12

Body Team 12

D: David Darg | USA/Liberia | 13 min

Tasked with collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak, these body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world, yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes.

Official Selection AFI DOcs, Tribeca


Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:20pm - 3:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:20pm

In Memory

In Memory

D: Karen Oliveros, Erika Ruiz Clemente | USA | 11 min

One community's digital journey through the life, death and remembering of PlainWhite Tom, a Chicago street performer who tragically took his life after saying his goodbyes on Facebook.

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:20pm - 3:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:20pm

Looking at the Stars (Orlando Pras Estrelas)

Looking at the Stars (Ohlando Pras Estrelas)

D: Alexandre Peralta | Brazil/USA | 30 min

A group of talented blind ballerinas inspire audiences to believe anything is possible, at the world's only ballet school for the blind, in Brazil.

Student Oscar Nomination

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:20pm - 3:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:20pm

Repoman

Repoman

D: Giacomo Gex | USA | 15 min

A day in the life of a repoman in Los Angeles.

Official Selection Sheffield Film Festival

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:20pm - 3:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:20pm

The Many Sad Faces of Mr. Toledo

The Many Sad Faces of Mr. Toledano

D: Joshua Seftel | USA | 26 min

Obsessed with his future, photographer Phil Toledano consults DNA tests, fortune tellers, and a prosthetic makeup artist, as he begins photographing the many dark possibilities that might await him.

Official Selection Tribeca, Boston Film Festival, Sheffield Film Festival

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:20pm - 3:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:20pm

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

D:Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA | 96 min | Regional Premiere

Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut "Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel" with this colorful portrait  of a woman who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it. Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century,she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.

World Premiere Tribeca FF, Official Selection Melbourne International FF,  New Zealand International FF, Chicago International FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 3:20pm - 5:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:45pm

Blockbusted

Blockbusted

D: Ryan Weibush | USA | 6 min

The final days of a Blockbuster store are captured, along with the end of a way of watching films.

Official Selection Maryland FF, Durango FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 3:45pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:45pm

Copycat

Copycat

D: Charlie Lyne | USA | 8 min

In the summer of 1990, a teenage filmmaker successfully raises $100,000 to shoot a pioneering horror film. 25 years later, he tells the story of a cult classic that never was.

Official Selection TrueFalse, Hot Docs

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 3:45pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:45pm

It's Better In Italian

It’s Better In Italian

D: Jordan Ledy | USA | 40 min

Discover the world of the 'doppiatori'--the elite group of Italian voice over actors that dub English language films into Italian.

USC student film

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 3:45pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:45pm

Last Reel

Last Reel

D: Steven Bognar | USA | 8 min

As cinemas across the country are transitioning to digital projection, the Little Art Theatre in Ohio savors their final days of projecting movies on 35mm.

Official Selection AFI Docs, Sarasota FF

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 3:45pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:45pm

Life After Pi

Life After Pi

D: Scott Leberecht | USA | 30 min

Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company, won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on 'Life of Pi' - just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy.

Santa Barbara FF award

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 3:45pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:45pm

Who Stole The Ruby Slippers?

Who Stole the Ruby Slippers?

D: Theodore James | USA | 12 min

A classic Hollywood mystery about the infamous museum theft of Judy Garland's iconic pair of ruby slippers from the legendary movie "The Wizard of Oz".

Official Selection AFI Docs

 



Tuesday October 13, 2015 3:45pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

5:00pm

Tillman's Penthouse Party

Tillman's Penthouse Party
Above Tillman’s Fine Antiques  

HSDFF honors our donors, sponsors and supporters.  Enjoy Davis Tillman’s private collection of premier antiques in his stunning downtown penthouse, along with wine and gourmet buffet.  
Open to VIP passholders, filmmakers, special guests and by special invitation.



Tuesday October 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Tillman's Antiques 118 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:10pm

Courageous Journey

Courageous Journey

D: J. Scott Ramsey | Arkansas | 27 min

The incredible life story of former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders from the cotton fields of rural Arkansas through the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

Official Selection Ozark Foothills Fest, Official Selection Kansas City FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 5:10pm - 6:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

5:10pm

NextStepRun!

NextStepRun!

D: Pam Maus | Arkansas | 28 min

During the 2014 midterm elections, four diverse female candidates confront the unique barriers to entry that keep women from running for elective office and ultimately has ensured the political system as a white male domain.

Official Selection Red Dirt Film Festival


Tuesday October 13, 2015 5:10pm - 6:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:00pm

Something Better To Come

Something Better to Come

D: Hanna Polak | USA | 98 min

10-year-old Yula is growing up in Putin's Russia in the Svalka, the largest junkyard in Europe, just 13 miles from the Kremlin. She has one dream-to escape the Svalka and have a normal life. For 14 years, we follow Yula as she grows up.

Winner Special Jury Award International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Winner Alpe Adria Cinema Best Documentary Award Trieste FF (Netherlands), Winner Viktor Award Munich International FF, Winner Grand Prix of ArtDoc DocFest Moscow, Official Selection BFI London FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 6:00pm - 7:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:40pm

Love At A Certain Age

Love at a Certain Age  (Kansas)

D: Logan Hendricks & Kyle Clark | USA | 92 min

Think dating is hard when you’re a 20 year old? Try 70, 80, or even 100. Set in sunny Sarasota County, Florida, Love at a Certain Age is the story of four senior citizens navigating the landscapes of love in their sunset years. A rare glimpse into these relationships affirms intimacy, sex, and true love are not exclusive to the young.

Winner Best Documentary Fort Myers Film Festival, Winner Audience Award for FirstGlance Film Festival Hollywood, Official Selection Big Sky Documentary FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 6:40pm - 8:15pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

7:50pm

Very Semi-Serious

Very Semi-Serious

D: Leah Wolchok | USA | 83 min | Regional Premiere

The New Yorker is the undisputed king of the single panel cartoon. Whether they leave us amused, inspired, or even a little baffled, the iconic cartoons have become instantly recognizable over the past 90 years. Very Semi-Serious  offers viewers a  glimpse into the process behind the cartoons with legends Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg submitting their work alongside newbies like graphic novelist Liana Finck. Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff sifts through hundreds of submissions every week to bring readers a carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work, striving to nurture new talent while continuing to uphold the magazine’s established style. Leah Wolchok's light-hearted and sometimes poignant debut offers a window into The New Yorker’s unique brand of subtle, contemplative humor, and perhaps also onto what it means to laugh at ourselves.

Official Selection Tribeca FF, Vancouver International FF, AFI Docs, Seattle International FF, San Francisco International FF


Tuesday October 13, 2015 7:50pm - 9:15pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

D: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon | USA | 91 min | Arkansas Premiere

A performance-packed film about the renowned poet and activists contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement, and her role in American culture over the last 50+ years.  Deemed 'a lion in literature's forest' by Maya Angelou, Sonia confronts all forms of injustice, exploring a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of people of color in America. Featured appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Ruby Dee, Mos Def and more. Sonia Sanchez “offers hope and heroes,” and a liberating vision of redemption, compassion and self-respect.

World Premiere Full Frame Documentary Festival, Winner Audience Best Documentary Award

BlackStar Film Festival


Tuesday October 13, 2015 8:30pm - 10:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:00pm

Jacob Flores
Tuesday October 13, 2015 9:00pm - Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00am
Rolando's Restaurante 210 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

9:00pm

Rolando's Mountainside Patio Party

Rolando's Mountainside Patio  

 A patio carved into the Ouachita Mountains is the perfect spot to celebrate our festival’s 24th year. Dance under the lighted trees to the latino swing of Jacob Flores. Complimentary Salsa and Chips.  $5 quesadillas, pork and chicken tacos. Cash Bar.


All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.

Tuesday October 13, 2015 9:00pm - Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00am
Rolando's Restaurante 210 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

9:20pm

T-Rex

T-Rex

D: Drea Cooper, Zach Canepari | USA | 91 min | Regional Premiere

"T­Rex" is an intimate coming ­of­ age story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time ever, women’s boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold from the U.S. is Claressa “T­Rex” Shields, just 17 years old, and by far the youngest competitor. From the hard knock streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. Claressa does have one stable force in her life. Coach Jason Crutchfield has trained her since she was a scrawny 11­year­old hanging out at his gym. Jason always wanted a champion,he just never thought it’d be a girl. Her relationships with her coach and her family grow tense as she gets closer to her dream. But Claressa is fierce and determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.World Premiere SXSW, Winner Audience Award and Special Jury Award San Francisco International FF,  Won Roger Ebert Prize Traverse City FF, Official Selection Hot Docs


Tuesday October 13, 2015 9:20pm - 10:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771
 
Wednesday, October 14
 

9:50am

Autofocus

Autofocus

D: Boris Poljak | Croatia | 28 min

Hidden microphones and a telephoto lens capture the banal, foolish, disrespectful, and  gluttonous behavior of tourists at a historic church monument in the Croatian countryside.

Karlovy Vary IFF award, Nashville FF award


Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:50am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:50am

Knoiec Swiata (The End of the World)

Koniec  Swiata (The End of the World)

D: Monika Pawluczuk | Poland | 40 min

On the night before the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar, people in a big city call into a Polish radio show and an emergency hotline.

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:50am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:50am

The Place (Miejsce)

The Place (Miejsce)

D: Julia Poplawska | Poland | 15 min

A mysterious workplace high in the mountains seemingly beyond time and space where the constant nocturnal observation of the surrounding world is an unbroken norm.

Official Selection Hot Docs

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:50am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:50am

Worlds on Edge (Entremundo)

Worlds on Edge (Entremundo)

D: Thiago Brandimarte Mendonça, Renata Jardim | Brazil | 25 min

A day at the most unequal neighborhood of São Paulo where gated, gilded neighborhoods and poverty-stricken favellas exist side by side.

Official Selection 6th Oaxaca Film Festival - México, Official Selection DOC NYC

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:50am - 11:40am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Imba Means Sing Student Screening

Imba Means Sing

D: Danielle Bernstein | USA | 75 min | Arkansas Premiere

IMBA MEANS SING is the story of one little boy who is a big star. As the celebrity drummer from the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir, Moses relies on his youthful resilience. Growing up in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, Moses and his family lack enough resources for him to even attend the first grade. Moses is only eight-years-old when the film begins – yet he knows all too well that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure his future and change the course of his family's life. We follow Moses as he works for an education and spreads the magic of his African childhood.

 

Attending: producer Erin Bernhardt.

Special Guests: The Arkansas Baptist College Choir


Wednesday October 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

Chameleon

Chameleon

D: Ryan Mullins | USA | 76 min | Regional Premiere

A janitor mopping floors in a brothel. A drugged out Rastafarian in a psychiatric ward. A wealthy investor in high heels and lipstick. These are just a few of the disguises that Anas Aremeyaw Anas has used to infiltrate Africa’s criminal underworld. But Ghana’s most notorious journalist is more than just a reporter. He’s a crime fighter who uses his journalistic skills to bust corruption; a modern day folk hero who keeps his identity hidden from the public. Anas reveals a side of Africa rarely seen: tabloid journalism, high-tech surveillance and high-speed car chases. Filmmaker Ryan Mullins goes beyond the pulp thriller to create a complex and revealing portrait. Is Anas a journalist, or a vigilante? Just how far is he willing to go to uncover the truth? CHAMELEON takes us deep into the most difficult case Anas has faced to date, and the legal and moral conflicts challenging him.

World Premiere IDFA, Tempo Documentary Festival (Sweden), Irep Nigeria, Hot Docs. Cleveland International FF, Calgary international FF


Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

Adults Who Live in Treehouses

Adults Who Live in Treehouses

D: Sam Price-Waldman | USA | 7 min

Not just for kids anymore, treehouses now employ artificial limbs for support, boast plumbing and running water, and wouldn't look out of place in luxury lifestyle magazines.

The Atlantic Website


Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

As The River Goes

As The River Goes

D: Katherine Espejo | USA | 18 min

The filmmaker returns back to her home of Porterville where more than 900 families live without water in their homes, as they struggle to continue their lives without this necessary resource.

USC student film

Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

Elgin Park

Elgin Park

D: Danny Yourd | USA | 10 min

Michael Paul Smith is a reclusive artist turned viral sensation who is recognized for creating 1950s utopias out of pain, love, and miniature cars.

Official Selection Nantucket, Santa Barbara


Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

Hotel 22

Hotel 22

D: Elizabeth Lo | USA | 8 min

Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 transforms from a public city bus into an unofficial shelter for the homeless in one of the richest parts of the world.

Sundance award, Official Selection NYTOpDocs

Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

The Columbarium

The Columbarium

D: Tyler Trumbo | USA | 4 min

Logline: As the long-time caretaker of close to 80,000 deceased at the San Francisco Columbarium, Emmitt Watson cannot help but see life in the midst of death.


Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

The Gnomist

The Gnomist

D: Sharon Liese | USA | 20 min

When fairy homes mysteriously appear in a suburban forest, three women find that believing in magic is the medicine they need to overcome their personal struggles and tragedies.

Official Selection Tribeca, Hot Docs


Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

The House is Innocent

The House is Innocent

D: Nicholas Coles | USA | 13 min

Tom and Barbara's new home has a notorious past and it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash its macabre history.

Official Selection Tribeca


Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:00pm

The Wanderlust of #Vanlife

The Wanderlust of #Vanlife

D: Sam Price-Waldman | USA | 13 min

After creating a hashtag on Instagram, Foster Huntington attracts a whole following of like-minded individuals who prefer to live in their vans.

The Atlantic Website


Wednesday October 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

In Transit

In Transit

D: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu | 76 min | Regional Premiere

A journey into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Captured in the tradition of Direct Cinema, the film unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, in which passengers share their fears, hopes, and dreams. In the space between stations, where ‘real life’ is suspended, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers, and where a peculiar atmosphere of contemplation and community develops. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation to others it is reckoning and loss. But for all, it is a place for personal reflection and connecting with others they may otherwise never know.

Winner Special Jury Mention and World Documentary Competition Selection Tribeca FF, Official Selection AFI Docs, Vancouver International

We dedicate this screening to the memory of Albert Maysles

Attending: co-director Lynn True


Wednesday October 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

2:00pm

Mission Control Texas

Mission Control Texas

D:Ralf Bücheler | USA | 85 min | Arkansas Premiere

"The Atheist Experience" is the only atheist TV show in the U.S.. Every Sunday afternoon two atheists debate people on the phone for one hour - on camera. It is produced by public access TV and additionally streamed over the internet.MISSION CONTROL TEXAS portrays the show, its protagonists and the discussions between hosts and callers. The debates between believers and sceptics are hilariously funny, touching and shocking at the same time. The film is an intimate, concentrated and entertaining insight into the culture wars. And it gives us an idea what it means to be an atheist in the southern U.S. today. MISSION CONTROL TEXAS also shows religious life in Texas - and how it permeates almost every aspect of the public sphere. Finally both sides meet directly and we understand why it can be scary to be an atheist in Texas. A tragic comedy of discourse.


Wednesday October 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:00pm

Auction

Auction

D: Joel Fendelman | USA | 8 min

A portrait of a livestock auction in the small town of Gonzales, TX and it's dying culture.

UT Texas


Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:00pm

Cloth Paper Dreams

Cloth Paper Dreams

D: Greg Davis | USA/India | 11 min

Journey to India’s Kumbh Mela, where every twelve years at the confluence of the three holiest rivers, untold millions converge to pray, commune and ultimately connect to something greater than themselves.

Official Selection Sedona FF


Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:00pm

Course of Food

Course of Food

D: Christopher Hunt | USA | 17 min

In Waynoka, Oklahoma, Andy Bowen raises free range hogs , chickens and cows and faces the trials of independent ranching and the sustainability of small-town America.

Official Selection DeadCenter FF


Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:00pm

Mother Kuskokwim

Mother Kuskokwim

D: Tim Guthrie | USA | 23 min

In southwestern Alaska, the native Yup'ik people continue to practice a subsistence lifestyle in a region suffering from severe economic hardship and climate change.

Official Selection Omaha FF


Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:00pm

The Gnomist

The Gnomist

D: Sharon Liese | USA | 20 min

When fairy homes mysteriously appear in a suburban forest, three women find that believing in magic is the medicine they need to overcome their personal struggles and tragedies.

Official Selection Tribeca, Hot Docs



Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:40pm

The Man Who Saved Ben Hur

The Man Who Saved Ben Hur

D: Joe Forte | USA | 55 min| Regional Premiere

Featuring never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia from Hollywood's golden era of filmmaking,The Man Who Saved Ben-Huris an intimate look into one man's behind the scenes life with  the famous and infamous.Where relationships were formed, treasured and ultimately forgotten by the time the production ended. Through the words and images of the last living crew member of the legendary epic masterpiece Ben-Hur,the film explores the nature of our very human need to simply be remembered.

Official Selection Docutah FF

Attending: director Joe Forte


Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:40pm - 4:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:50pm

The Russian Woodpecker

The Russian Woodpecker

D: Chad Gracia | Ukraine/USA | 82 min | Regional Premiere

Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe - why did it actually happen? Was there more to the story than the Soviet government let on? And, most importantly, what did this all have to do with the giant, mysterious steel pyramid now rotting away 2 miles from the disaster site:  a hulking Cold War weapon known as the Duga and nicknamed "the Russian Woodpecker" for the strange, constant clicking radio frequencies that it emits? In Chad Gracia's documentary/conspiracy thriller, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers - and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine's emerging revolution and war.

World Documentary Grand Jury Prize Sundance FF, Winner Grand Jury Award Sheffield International FF,  Winner Biograph Festival,  Official Selection San Francisco International FF, Doc Aviv


Wednesday October 14, 2015 4:50pm - 6:15pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:50pm

The Russian Woodpecker

The Russian Woodpecker

D: Chad Gracia| Ukraine/USA | 82 min | Regional Premiere

Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe - why did it actually happen? Was there more to the story than the Soviet government let on? And, most importantly, what did this all have to do with the giant, mysterious steel pyramid now rotting away 2 miles from the disaster site:  a hulking Cold War weapon known as the Duga and nicknamed "the Russian Woodpecker" for the strange, constant clicking radio frequencies that it emits? In Chad Gracia's documentary/conspiracy thriller, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers - and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine's emerging revolution and war.

World Documentary Grand Jury Prize Sundance FF, Winner Grand Jury Award Sheffield International FF,  Winner Biograph Festival,  Official Selection San Francisco International FF, Doc Aviv


Wednesday October 14, 2015 4:50pm - 6:15pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:50pm

Lost Conquest

Lost Conquest

D: Mike Scholtz | USA | 70 min | Regional Premiere

More than a thousand years ago, legendary Viking explorer Leif Ericson secretly claimed the state of Minnesota. And the nice folks who live there today have the ancient Viking artifacts to prove it. So how come nobody believes them? Lost Conquest is a delightful documentary about science and faith. With swords.

Official Selection Boston Independent FF

Attending: director Mike Scholtz, producer Valerie Coit

Artists
avatar for Mike Scholtz

Mike Scholtz

Director, Lost Conquest
I'm the director of Lost Conquest, which is playing on Wednesday, October 14th at 4:50pm. This is my third trip to Hot Springs. I directed Wild Bill's Run in 2012 and I produced Wicker Kittens in 2014. Why do I keep coming back? Because this is my favorite film festival in the world.
VC

Valerie Coit

Producer of Lost Conquest



Wednesday October 14, 2015 4:50pm - 6:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:00pm

Beaver Trilogy Part IV

Beaver Trilogy Part IV

D: Brad Besser | USA | 80 min |

A chance meeting in a parking lot in 1979 between filmmaker Trent Harris and a young man from Beaver, Utah, inspired the creation of an underground film that is now known as Beaver Trilogy. But the original film itself is only part of the story.

Official Selection Sundance FF, HotDocs


Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:00pm - 7:25pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

6:30pm

The Timekeeper

The Timekeeper

D: Katherine Wells|USA | 6 min | Arkansas Premiere

The time that ends up on your smartphone—and that synchronizes GPS, military operations, financial transactions, and internet communications—originates in a set of atomic clocks at the U.S. Naval Observatory maintained by Dr. Demetrios Matsakis.

Will screen with feature documentary All the Time in the World 

Official Selection AFI Docs, Los Angeles FF



Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:30pm - 6:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Arvind

Arvind

D: Evan Roberts | USA | 31 min

After his mother is released from prison, 16-year-old Arvind revisits old family wounds by writing a play from her perspective.

Student Oscar finalist


Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Calling The Cops On Jesus

Calling the Cops on Jesus

D: Peter Carolla | USA | 31 min

In February of 2014 an Episcopal Church in a sleepy Southern town  installed a life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ dressed as a homeless man which brought national attention to the town and generated some controversy.


Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Calls To Okies: The Park Grubbs Story

Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story

D: Ben Steinbaur, Bradley Beesley | USA | 18 min

In the early 1980’s, a group of disenfranchised Oklahoma teenagers mastered the art of prank phone calls and became known as Park Grubbs.

Official Selection SXSW, Rooftop Films




Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Some Vacation

Some Vacation

D: Anne S. Lewis | USA | 6 min

A traveling salesman turns his business road trips into unconventional family vacations.

SXSW award 2014, Official Selection Sarasota FF


Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Tom Girl

Tomgirl

D: Jeremy Asher Lynch | USA | 14 min

Jake, a lovable gender non-conforming seven-year-old, invites us into his world to explore the transforming power that love and support can have when young children are accepted for who they really are.

Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

All The Time In The World

All the Time in the World

D: Suzanne Crocker | USA | 89 min | Regional Premiere

In Search of a new perspective, a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon Wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the natural world provides. The family, with  three children, ages 10, 8, and 4,  spends nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet,  tv or phones, and most importantly, no clocks or watches. Filmed over 9 months, off the grid, and without external crew, All the Time in the World explores what it’s like to disconnect from our hectic and technology-laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves, and our natural environment.

Winner Most Popular Canadian Doc Vancouver International FF, Winner Top 20 Audience Picks Hot Docs, CIAL Prize for the Environment Giffoni International Film Festival, Winner Audience Choice Award and Special Jury Mention Best Documentary Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias

Preceding the feature will be short film The Timekeeper


Wednesday October 14, 2015 6:30pm - 8:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:00pm

Haunters

Haunters

D: Anthony Morrison | USA | 88 min | Regional Premiere

A Michigan family-run business sets out to create the scariest haunted house in the state.

Phobia House consistently has been ranked as one of the best haunted houses in Michigan, but that didn’t stop the fire marshal from shutting down the family-run business last year. Determined to make up for their losses, the Intgroen family set out to create their scariest attraction ever. Anthony Morrison shadows them as they scout a new venue, recruit a motley crew of zombies, host screaming sorority visitors and even contend with intimidation tactics by the local competition in the lead-up to Halloween.


Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

8:15pm

Born To Be Mild

Born to be Mild

D: Andy Oxley | USA | 15 min

The modern world is constantly speeding up, but not for the Dull Men's Club - a group of men quite content with life's more sedate pleasures.

Official Selection AFI Docs, Hot Docs, SXSW

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:15pm - 9:35pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:15pm

Every Day

Every Day

D: Gabe Spitzer | USA | 12 min

At 86, Joy Johnson was the oldest woman to run the 2013 New York City Marathon. An inspiring story about an uncommon passion for her sport, and for life.

Official Selection Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW

 

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:15pm - 9:35pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:15pm

Mallwalkers

Mallwalkers

D: Sean Clark | USA | 15 min

In the wee hours after dawn, one of the world's largest shopping malls is opened almost exclusively to a small group of walkers who get to roam the 4.2 million square mile atrium's and halls for their daily exercise.

Official Selection TrueFalse

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:15pm - 9:35pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:15pm

Skateboarding's First Wave

Skateboarding’s First Wave

D: Don Burgess | USA | 22 min

The Palisades skateboard team reunite after 50 years and reminisce about the early days of skateboarding culture in Southern California.

Official Selection Sarasota

 

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:15pm - 9:35pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:15pm

Waterlilies

Waterlilies

D: Tanya Doyle | Ireland | 16 min

The wisdom of 60-year old women who have decided to learn how to swim, reveals what it is that drives them to keep striving for more, for survival, understanding, belonging and purpose.

Official Selection AFI Docs, Galway

 



Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:15pm - 9:35pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:15pm

Mavis!

Mavis!

D:Jessica Edwards | USA | 80 min | Arkansas Premiere

The  first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis
Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and
hits like “I’ll Take You There" in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her
recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family
close, and inspired millions along the way.Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she's making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

World Premiere SXSW, Official Selection AFI Docs, New Zealand International FF, Full Frame Documentary FF


Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:15pm - 9:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

Thermal Waters Party @ Quapaw Bathhouse

Thermal Waters Party

Wander down Central Avenue to the acclaimed, historical thermal water Quapaw Bathhouse. A “water bar” will be set up in the south wing of the Quapaw Bathhouse to sample mineral water from local natural springs, along with complimentary beer, wine and finger food.  On the veranda, Duo Kenny Tillery and Courtney Overacker will serenade.

All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.


Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Quapaw Baths & Spa 413 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
 
Thursday, October 15
 

10:00am

Born To Be Mild

Born to be Mild

D: Andy Oxley | USA | 15 min

The modern world is constantly speeding up, but not for the Dull Men's Club - a group of men quite content with life's more sedate pleasures.

Official Selection AFI Docs, Hot Docs, SXSW

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:20am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Every Day

Every Day

D: Gabe Spitzer | USA | 12 min

At 86, Joy Johnson was the oldest woman to run the 2013 New York City Marathon. An inspiring story about an uncommon passion for her sport, and for life.

Official Selection Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:20am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Mallwalkers

Mallwalkers

D: Sean Clark | USA | 15 min

In the wee hours after dawn, one of the world's largest shopping malls is opened almost exclusively to a small group of walkers who get to roam the 4.2 million square mile atrium's and halls for their daily exercise.

Official Selection TrueFalse

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:20am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Skateboarding's First Wave

Skateboarding’s First Wave

D: Don Burgess | USA | 22 min

The Palisades skateboard team reunite after 50 years and reminisce about the early days of skateboarding culture in Southern California.

Official Selection Sarasota

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:20am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Waterlilies

Waterlilies

D: Tanya Doyle | Ireland | 16 min

The wisdom of 60-year old women who have decided to learn how to swim, reveals what it is that drives them to keep striving for more, for survival, understanding, belonging and purpose.

Official Selection AFI Docs, Galway


Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:20am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Bernice

Bernice

D: Kristina Sorge | USA | 30 min

As a gallery owner in Manhattan and Miami, Bernice Steinbaum became a mentor and advocate for underrepresented artists and helped them achieve what they had previously thought impossible - exhibitions at major museums, prestigious awards and worldwide recognition.

Official Selection Hot Docs

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Chau, Beyond the Lines

D: Courtney Marsh | Vietnam/USA | 34 min

Chau, a 16-year-old boy living in a Vietnamese peace camp for kids disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional clothing designer.

Official Selection Florida Film Festival, USA award

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Duke Riley Goes To China

Duke Riley Goes to China

D: Kim A. Snyder | China/USA | 37 min

In a most unusual act of cultural diplomacy, Brooklyn based artist Duke Riley embarks on an epic journey to China to reenact a legendary boat race between twelve animals that determined the order of the Chinese zodiac.

Official Selection Palm Springs Film Festival

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:40am

War Of Lies

War of Lies

D: Matthias Bittner | USA | 90 min | Regional Premiere

War of Lies is the story of an Iraqi refugee, whose information about portable weapons of mass destruction passed through the hands of the BND, MI6 and CIA. This information was ultimately used by the US government to legitimize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today we know the war was based on a lie. The press blamed Rafed Aljanabi, though he proudly presents himself as the man who helped remove Saddam Hussein. Was Aljanabi really able to walk all over the world´s intelligence services? And how did this lie become a convenient truth?

Official Selection IDFA, Hot Docs, Seattle International FF


Thursday October 15, 2015 11:40am - 1:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Luchadora

Luchadora

D: River Finlay | USA | 12 min

Luna Magica, a professional Lucha Libre wrestling star in Mexico, dreams of becoming world wrestling champion while fighting to make ends meet as a single mom in Mexico City.

Official selection Cinequest, Guanajuato, Sheffield FF

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

All-American Family

All-American Family

D: Andrew Jenks | USA | 12 min

The Pedersen Family have had four generations of star players on one of the best high school football teams in California…an all-deaf team called The Eagles.

Official Selection Tribeca

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Boxeadora

Boxeadora

D: Meg Smacker | USA | 16 min

One woman defies Fidel Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dreams of Olympic glory and become Cuba’s first female boxer.

SXSW award, Official Selection Nantucket FF

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Eternal Princess

Eternal Princess

D: Katie Holmes | USA | 16 min

Before defecting from her home country of Romania, 14-year-old gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, became an overnight sensation in 1976  after she accomplished what no one had ever done before in Olympic gymnastic competition: she scored a perfect 10 and then went on to score six more.

Official Selection Tribeca

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Rebel On Ice

Rebel on Ice

D: Retta | USA | 13 min

Figure skater Surya Bonaly is most remembered for her amazing one-bladed back flip at the 1998 Winter Olympics but the judges ruled the move illegal. Bonaly did not medal, but she did go out on her own terms as a rebel.

ESPN online

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

The Bad Boy of Bowling

Bad Boy of Bowling, The

D: Bryan Storkel | USA | 18 min

Pete Weber is a colorful and controversial character in bowling, a sport that is constantly searching for respect.

ESPN in November

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Tiger Hood

Tiger Hood

D: Christopher Andre Marks | USA | 7 min

Patrick Barr has a passion for golf but doesn't have the fairways or golf balls. Undaunted, he hits the links on the corner of Spring St. and Lafayette, amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City.

Official Selection SXSW

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

Body Team 12

Body Team 12

D: David Darg | USA/Liberia | 13 min

Tasked with collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak, these body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world, yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes.

Official Selection AFI DOcs, Tribeca


Thursday October 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

Body Team 12

Body Team 12

D: David Darg | USA/Liberia | 13 min

Tasked with collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak, these body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world, yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes.

Official Selection AFI DOcs, Tribeca

Thursday October 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

In Memory

In Memory

D: Karen Oliveros, Erika Ruiz Clemente | USA | 11 min

One community's digital journey through the life, death and remembering of PlainWhite Tom, a Chicago street performer who tragically took his life after saying his goodbyes on Facebook.

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

In Memory

In Memory

D: Karen Oliveros, Erika Ruiz Clemente | USA | 11 min

One community's digital journey through the life, death and remembering of PlainWhite Tom, a Chicago street performer who tragically took his life after saying his goodbyes on Facebook.

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

Looking at the Stars (Orlando Pras Estrelas)

Looking at the Stars (Ohlando Pras Estrelas)

D: Alexandre Peralta | Brazil/USA | 30 min

A group of talented blind ballerinas inspire audiences to believe anything is possible, at the world's only ballet school for the blind, in Brazil.

Student Oscar Nomination

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

Repoman

Repoman

D: Giacomo Gex | USA | 15 min

A day in the life of a repoman in Los Angeles.

Official Selection Sheffield Film Festival

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

The Many Sad Faces of Mr. Toledo

The Many Sad Faces of Mr. Toledano

D: Joshua Seftel | USA | 26 min

Obsessed with his future, photographer Phil Toledano consults DNA tests, fortune tellers, and a prosthetic makeup artist, as he begins photographing the many dark possibilities that might await him.

Official Selection Tribeca, Boston Film Festival, Sheffield Film Festival

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

2:20pm

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year

D: Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy | USA | 83 min | Arkansas Premiere

The War on Terror started with the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. in 2014, NATO pulled out, leaving the fight to Afghans, including the soldiers of Heavy Weapons Company 3/3/215 Corps of the Afghan National Army. Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy’s remarkable portrait provides a gritty, complex, and haunting look at a year in the lives of those soldiers. In some ways, they’re like soldiers everywhere.

Winner Amnesty International Film Prize and Panorama Audience Award Berlin International FF, Winner Best Documentary Madrid International FF, Official Selection DOXA Documentary FF, Sheffield International FF, Full Frame Documentary FF


Thursday October 15, 2015 2:20pm - 3:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:45pm

Can You Dig This

Can You Dig This

D: Delila Vallot | USA | 80 min | Regional Premiere

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. Watch the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

Winner LA Muse Jury Award Los Angeles FF

Attending: director Delila Vellot

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Director, Can You Dig This | Delila Vallot is an actress, dancer, and director, born and raised in Hollywood, California. In her career, she has worked with some of the most well-known choreographers to date, including Vince Patterson, Jaime Rogers, and Debbie Allen, and has performed in such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Academy Awards, and Comic Relief and films including Rent, Coyote Ugly, and The Singing Detective. She made her feature... Read More →



Thursday October 15, 2015 3:45pm - 5:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

As The River Goes

As The River Goes

D: Katherine Espejo | USA | 18 min

The filmmaker returns back to her home of Porterville where more than 900 families live without water in their homes, as they struggle to continue their lives without this necessary resource.

USC student film

Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

Elgin Park

Elgin Park

D: Danny Yourd | USA | 10 min

Michael Paul Smith is a reclusive artist turned viral sensation who is recognized for creating 1950s utopias out of pain, love, and miniature cars.

Official Selection Nantucket, Santa Barbara


Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

Hotel 22

Hotel 22

D: Elizabeth Lo | USA | 8 min

Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 transforms from a public city bus into an unofficial shelter for the homeless in one of the richest parts of the world.

Sundance award, Official Selection NYTOpDocs

Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

The Columbarium

The Columbarium

D: Tyler Trumbo | USA | 4 min

Logline: As the long-time caretaker of close to 80,000 deceased at the San Francisco Columbarium, Emmitt Watson cannot help but see life in the midst of death.


Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

The Gnomist

The Gnomist

D: Sharon Liese | USA | 20 min

When fairy homes mysteriously appear in a suburban forest, three women find that believing in magic is the medicine they need to overcome their personal struggles and tragedies.

Official Selection Tribeca, Hot Docs


Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

The House is Innocent

The House is Innocent

D: Nicholas Coles | USA | 13 min

Tom and Barbara's new home has a notorious past and it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash its macabre history.

Official Selection Tribeca


Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

The Wanderlust of #Vanlife

The Wanderlust of #Vanlife

D: Sam Price-Waldman | USA | 13 min

After creating a hashtag on Instagram, Foster Huntington attracts a whole following of like-minded individuals who prefer to live in their vans.

The Atlantic Website


Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:50pm

Adults Who Live in Treehouses

Adults Who Live in Treehouses

D: Sam Price-Waldman | USA | 7 min

Not just for kids anymore, treehouses now employ artificial limbs for support, boast plumbing and running water, and wouldn't look out of place in luxury lifestyle magazines.

The Atlantic Website


Thursday October 15, 2015 3:50pm - 5:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

5:00pm

Blockbusted

Blockbusted

D: Ryan Weibush | USA | 6 min

The final days of a Blockbuster store are captured, along with the end of a way of watching films.

Official Selection Maryland FF, Durango FF


Thursday October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:00pm

Copycat

Copycat

D: Charlie Lyne | USA | 8 min

In the summer of 1990, a teenage filmmaker successfully raises $100,000 to shoot a pioneering horror film. 25 years later, he tells the story of a cult classic that never was.

Official Selection TrueFalse, Hot Docs

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:00pm

It's Better In Italian

It’s Better In Italian

D: Jordan Ledy | USA | 40 min

Discover the world of the 'doppiatori'--the elite group of Italian voice over actors that dub English language films into Italian.

USC student film

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:00pm

Last Reel

Last Reel

D: Steven Bognar | USA | 8 min

As cinemas across the country are transitioning to digital projection, the Little Art Theatre in Ohio savors their final days of projecting movies on 35mm.

Official Selection AFI Docs, Sarasota FF

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:00pm

Life After Pi

Life After Pi

D: Scott Leberecht | USA | 30 min

Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company, won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on 'Life of Pi' - just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy.

Santa Barbara FF award

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:00pm

Who Stole The Ruby Slippers?

Who Stole the Ruby Slippers?

D: Theodore James | USA | 12 min

A classic Hollywood mystery about the infamous museum theft of Judy Garland's iconic pair of ruby slippers from the legendary movie "The Wizard of Oz".

Official Selection AFI Docs


Thursday October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

5:40pm

In Utero

In Utero

D: Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal | USA | 84 min | Regional Premiere

Life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world will emerge as one of the most provocative subjects of the 21st Century.  Epigenetics, Alice In Wonderland, The Matrix, scientists, psychologists and doctors converge to prove that we are not what we think we are. IN UTERO brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, but no longer baffled by what the future holds for yourself, your loved ones, and the human race.

Official Selection Seattle International FF, Hawaii International FF


Thursday October 15, 2015 5:40pm - 7:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

5:50pm

"Be Here Now" (The Andy Whitfield Story)

Be Here Now

D: Lilibet Foster | USA | 100 min | Regional Premiere

As though life is imitating art, actor, Andy Whitfield had just achieved his dream of becoming a star as the tragic-hero of the hit series, 'Spartacus,' when he is faced with his biggest personal challenge – life-threatening cancer. Andy and his wife Vashti commit to taking his healing into their own hands and to embracing life, rather than allowing fear to rule them. Not knowing the outcome, they allowed a camera to follow their family on their journey to find a cure. Shot in verite style in India, Australia, New Zealand and New York, and offering an intimate, insider’s view of both a love story and the couple’s fight to face their fears, go for their dreams, and make every moment count..

Winner Audience Award Los Angeles Film Festival

Attending: director Lilibet Foster

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Director, Writer and Producer, Be Here Now Productions & Asphalt Films Entertainment
Lilibet Foster is a multiple award-winning director, producer and writer of feature documentaries, television programs and integrated brand campaigns. She earned an Oscar® Nomination for producing feature documentary “Speaking in Strings”, while her previously produced film, “Soul in the Hole,” won the Independent Spirit®: Truer Than Fiction Award. Her doc, “Brotherhood: Life in the FDNY,” Gala Premiered at the Tribeca Film... Read More →



Thursday October 15, 2015 5:50pm - 7:35pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Carolyn Taylor's 24th Annual Traditional HSDFF Filmmaker Party @ Vintage Emporium (Open to filmmakers, special festival guests, sponsors and by invitation only.

24th Annual Vintage Emporium Traditional HSDFF Filmmaker Party 

For more than two decades, Hot Springs festival supporter Carolyn Taylor has been welcoming visiting filmmakers and special festival guests to her VIP Filmmaker event. Drinks and food provided by some of the best venues Hot Springs has to offer.

Open to VIP passholders, filmmakers, special festival guests and by invitation only.



Thursday October 15, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Vintage Emporium 204 Exchange Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:00pm

American Renaissance

American Renaissance

D: Jarred ALterman, Ryan Scafuro | USA | 9 min

Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England in a small town in upstate New York which hosts one of the largest renaissance faires in the US each year.

Official Selection Tribeca

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:00pm

Good Muslim Girls

Good Muslim Girls

D: Marilyn Agrelo | USA | 8 min

In an increasingly-radicalized Iraq, two female college students refuse to wear the hijab and dress in Western-style outfits as matter of rebellion and human rights.

Official Selection UN Film Fest

 

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:00pm

Pink Boy

Pink Boy

D: Eric Rockey | USA | 15 min

Butch lesbian BJ successfully avoided dresses her entire life until she adopted Jeffrey, who to her shock, starts to dance in gowns and perform for his parents.

Official Selection Nantucket, Palm Springs Award

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:00pm

Stand

Stand

D: Melanie D’Andrea | USA | 21 min

As an alternative to the rough streets of Los Angeles, a Krump group called Demolition Crew offers the youth a safe haven to express themselves.

DGA Award

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:00pm

Steam Dream

Steam Dream

D: Mischa Cantu | USA | 19 min

A Plague Doctor's journey through the aesthetic and people of Steampunk- the future re-imagined through the lens of the past.

USC Student Film

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:00pm

Sugar Coated

Sugar Coated

D: Christopher Parson | USA | 11 min

Lolita, a fashion movement imported from the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, has a thriving group of followers in Los Angeles whose motivations range from self expression to the questioning of identity and body image.

LA Underground Award


 



Thursday October 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:00pm

We Live This

We Live This

D: James Burns | USA | 10 min

A story of four boys from the projects who have come together to pursue their dreams in a bustling metropolis that spreads over five boroughs. Most new Yorkers who ride the subways have opinions about them, but what lies beneath these young performers is more than what meets the eye.

Tribeca FF Award

 



Thursday October 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Low Key Arts 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901

7:30pm

T-Rex

T-Rex

D: Drea Cooper, Zach Canepari | USA | 91 min | Regional Premiere

"T­Rex" is an intimate coming ­of­ age story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time ever, women’s boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold from the U.S. is Claressa “T­Rex” Shields, just 17 years old, and by far the youngest competitor. From the hard knock streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. Claressa does have one stable force in her life. Coach Jason Crutchfield has trained her since she was a scrawny 11­year­old hanging out at his gym. Jason always wanted a champion,he just never thought it’d be a girl. Her relationships with her coach and her family grow tense as she gets closer to her dream. But Claressa is fierce and determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.World Premiere SXSW, Winner Audience Award and Special Jury Award San Francisco International FF,  Won Roger Ebert Prize Traverse City FF, Official Selection Hot Docs


Thursday October 15, 2015 7:30pm - 9:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

7:45pm

Democrats

Democrats

D: Camilla Nielsson | USA | 100 min | Regional Premiere

Two political opponents are appointed to write Zimbabwe's new constitution.It is the ultimate test that can bring an end to President Mugabe's 30 years of autocratic rule.It can go either way: towards the birth of a constitutional democracy - or renewed repression.

Winner Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca FF, Winner Best Nordic Documentary Nordisk Panorama FF, Official Selection Hot Docs, Tribeca FF,CPH:DOX, New Zealand International FF


Thursday October 15, 2015 7:45pm - 9:25pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

HSDFF Courtyard Celebration

HSDFF Courtyard Celebration 

Join us across the street from Vintage Emporium at the ground level New Orleans-style courtyard of Historic District Antiques, with DJ’s Mike Poe and Liam Wilson spinning LIVE. Open Bar.


Open to VIP passholders, filmmakers, special festival guests & by invitation only.

Thursday October 15, 2015 8:30pm - Friday October 16, 2015 12:00am
Suzanne Tucker's Courtyard 211 Exchange Street.

9:15pm

Stranded In Canton

Stranded in Canton

D: Måns Månsson | USA | 77 min | Regional Premiere

Lebrun is a new player on the burgeoning Chinese-African trade route,
brokering in Guangzhou an enormous order for Congolese presidential campaign
t-shirts. But he gets stung when the order is held up in production until months
after the election. Instead of returning to Kinshasa a rich man with a bright
future, he remains in limbo in Guangzhou, facing nothing but mounting debts for
warehousing the useless garments. Inspired by the success of fellow Africans on
the field and determined not to return to his farm, Lebrun develops a plan to
repurpose the t-shirts and sell them to the opposition for the 2016 election.

Official Selection CPH:DOX, Geneva International FF, IFF Rotterdam, Göteborg IFF, Festival de Rio, Tribeca FF


Thursday October 15, 2015 9:15pm - 10:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:30pm

(Be)longing

(Be)longing

D:  João Pedro Plácido| Portugal/Switzerland/France | 78 min | North American Premiere

A modern young man, part of the smartphone generation. makes peace with the long standing traditions of his small rural Portuguese Village. In the village of Uz in northern Portugal, a family of farmers has been working the land for generations. Daniel is a younger member of the family and unlike many his age, who have been drawn away by the appeal of urban life, he has decided to stay. Following the cycle of the seasons and the village’s calendar landmarks, first-time director João Pedro Plácido draws warmth and humour from his look at a young man on the on the cusp of adulthood.

Official Selection BFI London FF


Thursday October 15, 2015 9:30pm - 10:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771
 
Friday, October 16
 

9:45am

Something Better To Come

Something Better to Come

D: Hanna Polak | USA | 98 min

10-year-old Yula is growing up in Putin's Russia in the Svalka, the largest junkyard in Europe, just 13 miles from the Kremlin. She has one dream-to escape the Svalka and have a normal life. For 14 years, we follow Yula as she grows up.

Winner Special Jury Award International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Winner Alpe Adria Cinema Best Documentary Award Trieste FF (Netherlands), Winner Viktor Award Munich International FF, Winner Grand Prix of ArtDoc DocFest Moscow, Official Selection BFI London FF


Friday October 16, 2015 9:45am - 11:20am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Right Footed

Right Footed

D: Nick Spark | USA | 82 min

Born without arms as the result of a birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams.  She learned to type with her toes and drive a car with her feet, and in 2008 became the first armless person to receive a pilot’s license.  Right Footed chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate.

Official Selection  Cincinatti FF, Napa Valley FF, Heartland FF,  Mirabile Dictu FF (Rome)

Attending: Director Nick Spark and subject Jessica Cox, both via Skype

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Friday October 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Book Reading / Signing with Peter Coyote
Actor and author Peter Coyote will read from his memoir “The Rainman’s Third Cure” "As he showed in Sleeping Where I Fell, Peter has lived a life most of us could only dream of. In this insightful and beautifully expressed follow-up, we get a deeper view not only of his own path, but of the currents underlying so much of our own shared histories. Viewed through this prism of three transformational relationships, his story is as moving as it is fascinating. A remarkable book." —Bonnie Raitt
Attending: Peter Coyote
Presented by That Bookstore in Blytheville

Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Arlington Hotel Panel Room 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs 71901

11:30am

All-American Family

All-American Family

D: Andrew Jenks | USA | 12 min

The Pedersen Family have had four generations of star players on one of the best high school football teams in California…an all-deaf team called The Eagles.

Official Selection Tribeca

 



Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Boxeadora

Boxeadora

D: Meg Smacker | USA | 16 min

One woman defies Fidel Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dreams of Olympic glory and become Cuba’s first female boxer.

SXSW award, Official Selection Nantucket FF

 



Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Eternal Princess

Eternal Princess

D: Katie Holmes | USA | 16 min

Before defecting from her home country of Romania, 14-year-old gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, became an overnight sensation in 1976  after she accomplished what no one had ever done before in Olympic gymnastic competition: she scored a perfect 10 and then went on to score six more.

Official Selection Tribeca

 



Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Luchadora

Luchadora

D: River Finlay | USA | 12 min

Luna Magica, a professional Lucha Libre wrestling star in Mexico, dreams of becoming world wrestling champion while fighting to make ends meet as a single mom in Mexico City.

Official selection Cinequest, Guanajuato, Sheffield FF

 



Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Rebel On Ice

Rebel on Ice

D: Retta | USA | 13 min

Figure skater Surya Bonaly is most remembered for her amazing one-bladed back flip at the 1998 Winter Olympics but the judges ruled the move illegal. Bonaly did not medal, but she did go out on her own terms as a rebel.

ESPN online

 



Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

The Bad Boy of Bowling

Bad Boy of Bowling, The

D: Bryan Storkel | USA | 18 min

Pete Weber is a colorful and controversial character in bowling, a sport that is constantly searching for respect.

ESPN in November

 

 



Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Tiger Hood

Tiger Hood

D: Christopher Andre Marks | USA | 7 min

Patrick Barr has a passion for golf but doesn't have the fairways or golf balls. Undaunted, he hits the links on the corner of Spring St. and Lafayette, amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City.

Official Selection SXSW

 



Friday October 16, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

A Strong Beat

A Strong Beat

D: Daniel Addelson | USA | 13 min

Erin Roberts thought her world had ended when her brother Kellen died suddenly at 22, until she met Connor Rabinowitz who received Kellen's heart in a transplant.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 




Friday October 16, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

HomeGirls

HomeGirls

D: Elizabeth Cirillo | USA | 21 min

Former gang members Maria and Joselyn attempt to start new lives while overcoming the temptations of addiction and street life.

USC Student Film




Friday October 16, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Maratus

Maratus

D: Simon Cunich | Australia | 30 min

A garbage collector takes a photo of a tiny colourful spider and unknowingly discovers a new species. There follows an epic three-year quest that transforms his life.

Official Selection Canberra FF

 




Friday October 16, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Mr. Gold

Mr. Gold

D: Brian Carlson | USA | 4 min

Jose Melendez, a 21-time felon and two time Maury show guest, crafts a new life through becoming a street corner promoter.

VIMEO Staff Pick, Official Selection Florida FF, Brooklyn FF

 



Friday October 16, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Starting Point (Punkt wyjscia)

Starting Point (Punkt wyjscia)

D: Michal Szczesniak | Poland | 25 min

Aneta 'rebelled to the max' at the age of nineteen and wound up in prison for murder. Nine years later, her daily routine takes her from behind the walls of the prison to a care home for the elderly.

Official Selection Sundance, IDFA, Sheffield Award

 




Friday October 16, 2015 12:15pm - 2:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:45pm

In A Perfect World

In a Perfect World

D: Daphne McWilliams | USA | 75 min | Regional Premiere

What it is like to be a male child raised by a single mother?  The inspiration for the film came from the director’s own relationship with her son who has had a largely absentee father. Over the course of several years, Daphne McWilliams began interviewing men about the relationships they had with their mothers and, to varying degrees, their absentee fathers. At the same time, she was raising her own son, Chase, as a single parent. She noticed that as Chase entered his teens, their relationship took a dramatic turn as he began coping with his most formative years and becoming an adult without the consistent presence of his own father. McWilliams realized it was time to turn the camera on her own family to document her son’s painful abandonment issues while seeking to help him express and understand his feelings. Both a deeply personal and introspective portrait of a modern family as well as a probing cinematic essay examining one of society’s major ailments.

Official Selection for Los Angeles Film Festival

Attending: director Daphne McWilliams

Artists
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In a Perfect World ...

Producer, Seventh Child Prouductions
Director, In A Perfect World



Friday October 16, 2015 1:45pm - 3:20pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

2:30pm

Queen Mimi

Queen Mimi

D: Yaniv Rokah | USA | 75 min | Regional Premiere?  

Marie “Mimi” Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her “home” one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 89, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.

Winner Best Documentary Manhattan FF, Winner Best Director St Tropez FF, Official Selection, Official Selection Bahamas International FF

Attending: director Yaniv Rokah

Artists
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Yaniv Rokah

Director,  Queen Mimi



Friday October 16, 2015 2:30pm - 4:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

3:30pm

(Be)longing

(Be)longing

D:  João Pedro Plácido| Portugal/Switzerland/France | 78 min | North American Premiere

A modern young man, part of the smartphone generation. makes peace with the long standing traditions of his small rural Portuguese Village. In the village of Uz in northern Portugal, a family of farmers has been working the land for generations. Daniel is a younger member of the family and unlike many his age, who have been drawn away by the appeal of urban life, he has decided to stay. Following the cycle of the seasons and the village’s calendar landmarks, first-time director João Pedro Plácido draws warmth and humour from his look at a young man on the on the cusp of adulthood.

Official Selection BFI London FF


Friday October 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:00pm

Meet AARP Wine Mixer
Friday October 16, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Arlington Hotel Panel Room 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs 71901

4:30pm

The Prince of Pennsylvania

The Prince of Pennsylvania

D: Jesse Vile | USA | 50 min | World Premiere

Back in the 1980s, the road to the Olympics was long and hard for an amateur wrestler. But then along came John du Pont, an eccentric heir to the family fortune with a passion for wrestling. His 800-acre Foxcatcher Farm became the hub of the sport, with state-of-the-art training facilities, free accommodations, generous stipends and the support of America's best freestyle wrestlers, brothers Mark and Dave Schultz. It all seemed too good to be true—and it was. With exclusive access to new witnesses and never-before-seen footage, The Prince of Pennsylvania is the story of a paradise lost to the madness of its creator, a man who had the means to buy anything except for the one thing he truly wanted.

Artists
JA

Jenna Anthony

ESPN Films Lead of development on feature 30 for 30 films including story creation and crafting, identifying director and production talent, and execution of contracts Project Manager/Producer on select 30 for 30 films
SA

Shaun Alperin

Shaun Alperin is the Manager of Digital Films and Distribution at ESPN Films. In his current role, he works in development and production for series and specials, including short film initiatives. Alperin helps craft and execute distribution and monetization strategies for both feature-length and short-form content. Before working at ESPN Films, he spent several years in Management Consulting at the Monitor Group before moving into the Media... Read More →




Friday October 16, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

5:10pm

Hot Sugar's Cold World

Hot Sugar’s Cold World

D: Adam Bhala Lough | USA | 87 min | Regional Premiere

Hot Sugar’s Cold World is fly-on-the-wall look into the life of a modern-day Mozart, Nick Koenig (Hot Sugar) as he creates one-of-a-kind music made entirely out of sounds from the world around him. Nick lives every young musician’s dream, but when his internet- famous girlfriend, (rapper Kitty) goes on tour and they split, he flies to Paris where he grew up, to move on with his life, while hunting for increasingly unique and exotic sounds to sample and turn into beats. Through his journey, Hot Sugar goes on some crazy adventures, meets some fascinating people and learns what it takes to survive as an artist. From  Executive Producers David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill.

World Premiere SXSW, Official Selection Hot Docs,  BFI London FF

Attending: director Adam Bhala Lough

Artists
AB

Adam Bhala Lough

3-time Sundance alum, Spirit Award nominated writer/director and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Independent Filmmakers to Watch, Adam Bhala Lough has dedicated his career to telling compelling stories, collaborating with interesting people and creating authentic work. Moving comfortably between Narrative and Documentary, Adam's films sit at the nexus of mainstream culture and the arthouse. He specializes in crafting real performances... Read More →



Friday October 16, 2015 5:10pm - 7:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:00pm

The Great Alone

The Great Alone

D: Greg Kohs | USA | 80 min | Regional Premiere

The striking comeback story of Iditarod racer, Lance Mackey, against the backdrop of the great Alaskan wilderness.  From his childhood with his famous father  to cancer’s attempt to take him, The Great Alone pulls viewers along every mile of Lance’s emotional journey to become one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time.

Winner Grand Jury Award Seattle International FF, Official Selection Hamptons International FF

Attending: 4-Time Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, subjects Kathie Smith and lead dog Amp

Artists
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Amp

Amp is a six year old lead racing dog. He has been in several of 4-time Iditarod Champ Lance Mackey’s winning Alaskan Iditarod teams. Amp is semi-retired and runs to keep in shape in the training runs. Mackey now refers to Amp as Mr. Hollywood because he loves people and personal appearances.
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Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey is an champion American sled-dog racer, the first sled-dog racer to win four consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races stretching 1,100 miles between the Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Nome. Mackey, the son of champion musher Dick Mackey, began his own experience as a musher, as he puts it, “at birth.” In 2001, he entered his first Iditarod and placed 36th out of 57 finishers. That same year he was diagnosed with... Read More →



Friday October 16, 2015 6:00pm - 7:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:00pm

As I Am: The Life & Times of DJ AM

As I Am: The Life & Times of DJ AM

D: Kevin Kerslake | USA | 102 min | Regional Premiere

As I AM: the Life and Times of DJ AM covers the late, great mash-up pioneer's
life from seed to sorrow — his meteoric rise to become the first million dollar DJ
in the States, a long-running struggle with addiction, titanic efforts to help others
in recovery, tabloid romances with assorted models and actresses, top shelf
endorsement deals and appearances in IRON MAN 2, ENTOURAGE and DJ
HERO, and surviving, along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, a fiery plane
crash a little less than a year before his controversial and untimely death in 2009.

Official Selection Tribeca FF, Hot Docs


Friday October 16, 2015 6:00pm - 7:45pm
LOW KEY ARTS VENUE 112 EDGEWOOD STREET

7:15pm

Radical Grace

Radical Grace

D: Rebecca Parish | CANADA | 86 min | Regional Premiere

When the Vatican reprimands American sisters - citing their "radical feminism" - they become the spiritual and symbolic center of a battle for the heart of the Catholic Church. Radical Grace follows three fearless nuns, the Nuns on the Bus,  who risk their place in the Church to follow another higher calling: social justice.

Winner Best of the Fest AFI Docs, Winner Top 5 Audience Favorite Hot Docs


Friday October 16, 2015 7:15pm - 8:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:00pm

Mad Tiger

Mad Tiger

D: Jonathan Yi & Michael Haertlein | USA | 82 min | Sneak Preview

MAD TIGER follows the relationship of two Japanese men, Yellow and Red, who have
been best friends, band mates and business partners touring the United States in a
performance-art punk band called Peelander-Z for the last fifteen years. When Red
decides to quit, their relationship is tested by life beyond the band.

Attending: co-director Jon Yi, co-director Michael Haertlein subject Peelander Yellow

Artists
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Jonathan Yi

Director of Mad Tiger. Jonathan is the director of HBO’s award-winning documentary series East of Main Street, which premiered its fifth season in 2015. He is also an accomplished commercial director with clients including American Express, Intel, Skype and many others. Before his career as a director, Jonathan worked as a commercial cinematographer and has taught several years of Advanced Cinematography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He... Read More →
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Michael Haertlein

Michael has worked as a cinematographer for networks including NBC, CBS, Discovery, The Food Network, A&E, TLC, MTV, VH1, The History Channel, Animal Planet, and several more. Something Michael has shot has aired on television almost every day for the last eight years. He has shot and directed television and commercial projects in Afghanistan, Somalia, Rwanda, India, Japan, and numerous other countries. His work for a Director and Producer... Read More →
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Yellow

Peelander-Yellow was born in Hyogo Japan and attended the Osaka University of Art. He joined the Art Students League of New York shortly after graduating. He’s had many art exhibitions of his work in Osaka, Japan; New York, New York; Oaxaxa, Mexico; and Austin, Texas.His murals can be seen at various locations of East Side King in Austin, Texas, inside Austin’s Facebook Corporate Office, at JuiceLand (Austin and New York locations... Read More →



Friday October 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
LOW KEY ARTS VENUE 112 EDGEWOOD STREET

8:00pm

Dream/Killer

D: Andrew Jenks | USA | 106 min | Regional Premiere

dream/killer tells the story of a father’s journey to free his best friend and son, Ryan Ferguson, from a 40-year prison sentence for a brutal murder based on somebody else’s dream. The cast of characters reveals the very best and worst of the American judicial system. From the questionable District Attorney-turned-Judge Kevin Crane, to the high-powered Chicago attorney

Kathleen Zellner; to Ryan’s father, Bill Ferguson, who relentlessly dedicates his free time and life to giving his son a shot at the freedom and justice that he deserves.The film uses: archival footage discovered from when Ryan was first arrested and put in a police car, court hearings, interviews with Ryan in prison, and all of the subjects involved in the case. The film benefits from extraordinary access.This story is bittersweet as one man is given his freedom, another wrongfully behind bars, a killer still on the loose, and a family with no answers to the murder of their loved one.

Official Selection Tribeca FF, La Costa FF

Attending: director Andrew Jenks, subject Ryan Ferguson

Artists
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Andrew Jenks

HBO released his first film, Room 335; ESPN Films financed his second film, The Zen of Bobby V. He since went on to create the MTV show World Of Jenks and was the face for MTV News’ coverage for the 2012 election. In the spring of 2014 he directed, and his company produced, ESPN’s 30/30 short filmPosterized. It’s Not Over, a film he shot in India, South Africa and Amercia about the global HIV/AIDS crisis, premiered on... Read More →



Friday October 16, 2015 8:00pm - 10:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

9:00pm

Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar Bash

Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar Bash 

Celebrate HSDFF ‘2nd Friday Night’ at the Legendary Fat Jack’s!  Beer specials with complimentary chips,  salsa and queso to the music of Arkansas band Crossroads.


All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.

Artists
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Crossroads

Driven by a love for all kinds of music, Arkansas's Brian Bush, Mary Ann Robinson, Robert Chandler, Carl Harrell and Tom Robinson formed Crossroads in 2014.  The band has a repertoire  that offers something for everyone. "It is hard to put our band into any one musical category", says guitarist and vocalist Brian Bush, "because we cover almost every genre, musical style and era."  Find out more about Crossroads by visiting... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00am
Fat Jack's Oyster and Sports Bar 101 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
 
Saturday, October 17
 

9:00am

Red Carpet Circle Breakfast with Peter Coyote @ Kollective Coffee + Tea

Red Carpet Breakfast with Peter Coyote 

Join Peter for breakfast and conversation in the intimate surroundings of  Kollective Coffee + Tea.  

Red Carpet Circle Members Only

Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
TBA

10:00am

John

John

D: Lara Firestone | USA | 29 min

At 30, John Bramblitt suffered a horrific seizure that cost him his sight. John suffered from epilepsy, surviving 4 to 6 seizures a day. Now, living in darkness and unsure where to go from here, the young man, who'd always loved to sketch, picked up his first paint brush. John taught himself to paint by applying his drawing skills and using orientation mobility training to navigate his way on the canvas. He perfected his technique, testing materials and now paints lifelike portraits with impeccable detail. In March 2015, a story was posted on Reddit, Buzzfeed and Huffington Post, and John is now being bombarded with orders. John's inspiring story is a living lesson to pursue your passion no matter what hurdles life may bring.

JOHN IN ATTENDANCE, SHORT Q&A AFTER 

Speakers
Artists


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:15am

The Seventh Fire

The Seventh Fire

D:Jack Pettibone Riccobono | Germany | 78 min | Regional Premiere

Terrence Malick presents this haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the Native American gang crisis. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared gangster on the reservation.

Nominated Best Documentary East End Film Festival, UK

Attending: director Jack Pettibone Riccobono, subject Rob Brown both via Skype

Artists
JP

Jack Pettibone Riccobono

Director of The Seventh Fire



Saturday October 17, 2015 10:15am - 12:05pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:00am

Hot Sugar's Cold World

Hot Sugar’s Cold World

D: Adam Bhala Lough | USA | 87 min | Regional Premiere

Hot Sugar’s Cold World is fly-on-the-wall look into the life of a modern-day Mozart, Nick Koenig (Hot Sugar) as he creates one-of-a-kind music made entirely out of sounds from the world around him. Nick lives every young musician’s dream, but when his internet- famous girlfriend, (rapper Kitty) goes on tour and they split, he flies to Paris where he grew up, to move on with his life, while hunting for increasingly unique and exotic sounds to sample and turn into beats. Through his journey, Hot Sugar goes on some crazy adventures, meets some fascinating people and learns what it takes to survive as an artist. From  Executive Producers David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill.

World Premiere SXSW, Official Selection Hot Docs,  BFI London FF

Attending: director Adam Bhala Lough

Artists
AB

Adam Bhala Lough

3-time Sundance alum, Spirit Award nominated writer/director and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Independent Filmmakers to Watch, Adam Bhala Lough has dedicated his career to telling compelling stories, collaborating with interesting people and creating authentic work. Moving comfortably between Narrative and Documentary, Adam's films sit at the nexus of mainstream culture and the arthouse. He specializes in crafting real performances... Read More →



Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:15pm

Sailing A Sinking Sea

Sailing a Sinking Sea    (Arkansas)

D: Olivia Wyatt | USA | 65 min

A feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, traditionally spending eight months out of the year in thatch-roofed wooden boats. Wholly reliant upon the sea, their entire belief system revolves around water. Sailing A Sinking Sea weaves a visual and aural tapestry of Moken mythologies and present-day practices. As a viewer you will swim under the sea past fishes and mermaids, sail boats across turquoise waters, land on 13 different islands, step inside sea shanties on stilts, delve into the minds of shamans, become possessed through the worship of sea gods, dance between lovers and emerge drenched in Moken mythology.

Official Selection SXSW, Hot Docs, BFI London FF


Saturday October 17, 2015 12:15pm - 1:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:00pm

The Conversation - New York Times Op Docs Series

The Conversation  is a series of 5 minute films about race in America. The series provides a safe space for communication and honest, sometimes painful, revelations on the subject, and aims to become a source of resolution, opening up dialogue to make room for fresh voices, new ideas and ultimately, change.


A Conversation With My Black Son   For generations, parents of black boys across the United States have rehearsed, dreaded and postponed “The Conversation.” To keep him safe, they may have to tell the child they love that he risks being targeted by the police, simply because of the color of his skin. How does one teach a child to face dangerous racism and ask him to emerge unscathed?


A Conversation With White People on Race features interviews with white people on the challenges of talking about race. The people in this documentary found to start the conversation were uniformly in favor of equality, and certainly don’t consider themselves to be racists. Racism is something perpetrated by other people — the ones complaining about affirmative action and making racist jokes. But why are racial tensions so pervasive right now? Why is race such an uncomfortable conversation to have.


A Conversation About Growing Up Black   A discussion with young black men on the particular challenges to growing up in America. Imagine strangers crossing the street to avoid you, imagine knowing people may fear you because of the color of your skin. Many of this country’s young black men and boys don’t have to call on their imaginations. to experience the feeling. In  “A Conversation about Growing Up Black,”African-American boys and young men to talk openly about what it means to be a young black man in a racially charged world.

Op-Docs is a forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with creative latitude by independent filmmakers and artists.



Artists
JB

Joe Brewster

Producer and Director, Joe Brewster is a Harvard trained psychiatrist who uses his psychological training as the foundation in approaching the social issues he tackles as an artist and filmmaker.  Brewster, in conjunction with his Rada Film Group co-founder, Michèle Stephenson, have created stories using installation, narrative, documentary and print mediums that have garnered support from critics and audiences internationally... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

2:10pm

Imba Means Sing

Imba Means Sing

D: Danielle Bernstein | USA | 75 min | Arkansas Premiere

IMBA MEANS SING is the story of one little boy who is a big star. As the celebrity drummer from the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir, Moses relies on his youthful resilience. Growing up in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, Moses and his family lack enough resources for him to even attend the first grade. Moses is only eight-years-old when the film begins – yet he knows all too well that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure his future and change the course of his family's life. We follow Moses as he works for an education and spreads the magic of his African childhood.

 

Attending: producer Erin Bernhardt.

Special Guests: The Arkansas Baptist College Choir

Artists
EB

Erin Bernhardt

Producer of Imba Means Sing
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The Arkansas Baptist College Choir

The choir's performances have been diverse in scope and literature. Widely recognized for its integrity and discipline, the Arkansas Baptist College Choir has wowed audiences with its talent and understanding of the music performed.The Reverend Henry L. Parker, Jr. is the chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and serves as choral director.



Saturday October 17, 2015 2:10pm - 4:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

2:15pm

Queen Mimi

Queen Mimi

D: Yaniv Rokah | USA | 75 min | Regional Premiere

Marie “Mimi” Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her “home” one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 89, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.

Winner Best Documentary Manhattan FF, Winner Best Director St Tropez FF, Official Selection, Official Selection Bahamas International FF

Attending: director Yaniv Rokah

Artists
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Yaniv Rokah

Director,  Queen Mimi



Saturday October 17, 2015 2:15pm - 4:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:00pm

Monsieur Le President

Monsieur Le President

D: Victoria Campbell | USA | 72 min | Regional Premiere

Filmed over three years in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Monsieur le Président follows the ascension and confusing downfall of Gaston Jean Edy. The American filmmaker enters Haiti just days after the earthquake with a camera and a small valise of medical supplies. There she meets Gaston, a well-beloved voodoo priest in the Christ-Roi section of Port-au-Prince, who, with nothing but hustle and hope, revives a defunct neighborhood clinic

and staffs it with a doctor and nurses. Gaston is a neighborhood hero, and the filmmaker works closely with him, but as their friendship grows, the story takes a sinister turn. No one is a hero. Nothing is what it seems.  

Official Selection Tribeca FF, Official Selection Doc NYC

Attending: director Victoria Campbell

Artists
VC

Victoria Campbell

Director, Monsieur Le President



Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:40pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

4:10pm

In A Perfect World

In a Perfect World

D: Daphne McWilliams | USA | 75 min | Regional Premiere

What it is like to be a male child raised by a single mother?  The inspiration for the film came from the director’s own relationship with her son who has had a largely absentee father. Over the course of several years, Daphne McWilliams began interviewing men about the relationships they had with their mothers and, to varying degrees, their absentee fathers. At the same time, she was raising her own son, Chase, as a single parent. She noticed that as Chase entered his teens, their relationship took a dramatic turn as he began coping with his most formative years and becoming an adult without the consistent presence of his own father. McWilliams realized it was time to turn the camera on her own family to document her son’s painful abandonment issues while seeking to help him express and understand his feelings. Both a deeply personal and introspective portrait of a modern family as well as a probing cinematic essay examining one of society’s major ailments.

Official Selection for Los Angeles Film Festival

Attending: director Daphne McWilliams

Artists
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In a Perfect World ...

Producer, Seventh Child Prouductions
Director, In A Perfect World



Saturday October 17, 2015 4:10pm - 5:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

6:30pm

Awards Ceremony

Saturday October 17, 2015 6:30pm - 7:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

7:00pm

Closing Night: Made In Japan

$35 Closing Night Ticket
Made in Japan

Sponsored in part by Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation and Japan Foundation New York

D: Josh Bishop | USA | 90 mins I Arkansas Premiere

Made in Japan is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the first female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career kicked into gear with a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. Forty years later, Tomi and her husband Shoishi Bamba  set out on a journey through Japan and across the United States to fulfill a dream of performing at The Opry one more time. Made in Japan is a funny, poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman.  Narrated by actor Elijah Wood.

Screening will be followed by a Q & A with Tomi Fujiyama who will perform at the after party sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics, catered by Central Park Fusion.

Josh Bishop, Tomi Fujiyama in attendance

Artists
JB

Josh Bishop

Director of Made In Japan
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Tomi Fujiyama

Tomi Fujiyama is Japan’s first lady of Country music.In 1951 ”Tomoko Yamaji” switched from performing traditional Japanese Enka songs for local Japanese audiences, to playing Country Music for American soldiers on military bases across Japan. It was at one of these military bases that she became “Tomi” after the mispronunciation of her name by a soldier in the audience. Tomi played the military circuit for American... Read More →



Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

8:30pm

AY Magazine & Arkansas Money and Politics Closing Night Gala @ Central Park Fusion

Tented Closing Night Event
Sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics

Live: Japan’s First Lady of Country Music Tomi Fujiyama will raise the roof with her special brand of country music from both sides of the Pacific. Gourmet fare and an assortment of wines from different regions, courtesy of AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics, and catered by premiere restaurant Central Park Fusion.

All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Central Park Fusion 200 Park Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

11:00pm

Low Key Arts Closing Night Late-Night

Closing Night Late-Night After Party  

Join us for an after party like no other at Low Key Arts! Dance late into the night as we celebrate the completion of the 24th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. DJ Kramer will be spinning LIVE!

Open to VIP pass holders, filmmakers and sponsors.


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00am
Low Key Arts 112 Edgewood
 
Sunday, October 18
 

TBA

A Passion of Gold and Fire (Une Passion d'or et de Feu)

A Passion of Gold and Fire (Une Passion d'or et de Feu)

D: Sebastien Pins | Belgium | 6 min

A beekeeper worries about the future of his apiary school and the lack of people willing to harvest the honey by hand.

Official Selection SIF, New Orleans Film Festival, Maui Film Festival

 



Sunday October 18, 2015 TBA
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

TBA

Crafted

Crafted

D: Morgan Spurlock | USA | 24 min

The struggles and triumphs of five modern artisans who vary by trade but share a passion to create.

Amazon Online

 



Sunday October 18, 2015 TBA
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

TBA

Katsuo-Bushi

Katsuo-Bushi

D: Yu Nakajima | Japan | 23 min

Katsuo-bushi is a key ingredient in Japanese cuisine (part of UNESCO's intangible Cultural Heritage list) and it is made by craftsmen according to the traditional methods.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 



Sunday October 18, 2015 TBA
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

TBA

Sandorkraut

Sandorkraut

D: Emily Lobsenz, Ann Husaini

Food author and fermentation guru Sandor Katz revives ancient culinary rituals that have transformed his relationship with life and death.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 



Sunday October 18, 2015 TBA
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

TBA

Zapatero

Zapatero

D: Madelon Vroom | Spain/UK | 14 min

Emilio a 90 year old cobbler and his ambitious son Daniel decide to work together but the craftsmanship in Europe is slowly disappearing.

Official Selection AFI Docs

 



Sunday October 18, 2015 TBA
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

TBA

Arlington Brunch

Allen & Alinea

D: Daniel Addelson | USA | 13 min

Allen Hemberger is an obsessive amateur chef who single handedly recreated the impossibly ambitious Alinea Cookbook, a modern bible of molecular gastronomy, out of his home kitchen.

Official Selection AFI Docs


Sunday October 18, 2015 TBA
Arlington Lobby

10:00am

Gored - Best Sports Documentary (Tie)
Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

10:00am

Something Better to Come - Special Jury Recognition, International Documentary
Artists

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

11:30am

Democrats - Best International
Award Winner TBA

Sunday October 18, 2015 11:30am - 1:10pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

12:10pm

The Great Alone -Best Sports Documentary (Tie)
Award Winners TBA

Sunday October 18, 2015 12:10pm - 1:30pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:30pm

Shoulder the Lion - Best US Documentary
Award Winners TBA

Sunday October 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

1:45pm

Harry & Snowman/ The End of the World Audience Award and Best Short Film
Award Winners TBA

Sunday October 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:50pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

2:45pm

Queen Mimi - Spirit Award
Artists
avatar for Yaniv Rokah

Yaniv Rokah

Director,  Queen Mimi


Sunday October 18, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 1 The Arlington Hotel 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771