What's Made in Arkansas at the 2018 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival?
WHAT’S MADE IN ARKANSAS AT THE 2018 HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
It’s time once again for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the longest running documentary film festival in North America and is an Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This year’s festival runs October 19-27 at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs.
This years festival once again features over 100 feature and short films. Festival passes range from $50 for a student pass and up-to $400 for all-access passes. General admission individual tickets are $12. Visit www.hsdfi.org for more information.
As always, HSDFF features a great collection of docs Made in Arkansas (OR BY DIRECTORS FROM ARKANSAS, so be sure to check them out!
Click on film titles for tickets and more info.
Tuesday, October 23
SHORTS: Made in Arkansas - 10:00 am
8 Short Films - Various Directors
Local filmmakers showcase their natural talent by documenting reel life in the Natural State.
In This Program
KEVIN THOMAS CLARK / SHORTS PROGRAMS / USA / 2018 / 5 MIN MINS
Anthony Smith lost his arm and his ability to walk in service to his country. With intense physical therapy and deep family support, he finds renewed strength and purpose through teaching martial arts and training for the 2020 US Paralympic team.
GABE MAYHAN / SHORTS PROGRAMS / USA / 6 MINS MINS
Returning from active duty in Iraq, Cibelés Ramirez Rodriguez finds peace in rebuilding a life with her 12 year old son and in connecting with others.
KEVIN THOMAS CLARK / SHORTS PROGRAMS / USA / 2018 / 5 MIN MINS
After multiple tours in Iraq, Terrell "Spence" Spencer seeks peace through working the land in Northwest Arkansas -and through helping other veterans to heal through farming.
NATHAN WILLIS / SHORTS PROGRAMS / USA / 2018 / 7 MIN MINS
When Amanda Hugo returned home after 21 years of service on a U.S. Air Force bomb squad in Iraq, she faced daunting physical and emotional hardships. Her partnership with a service dog - an 18-month old English Mastiff - offers new challenges and solutions.
MATTHEW MICHAUD / SHORT FILMS / USA / 2018 / 6 MINS
A deeply religious mayor looks to the medical marijuana industry as the last hope for his dying Southern town.
LARRY FOLEY / SHORT FILMS / USA / 2018 / 14 MINS
A celebration of Frank Broyles, head coach of the Arkansas Razorback football team during their 1964 National Championship, who built one of the most successful sports programs in the country.
MICHAEL MULLER / SHORT FILMS / USA / 2018 / 34 MINS
The inspiring stories of the men and women who created and reside in this special halfway housing project for alcohol and drug addicts and former prison inmates in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
KEVIN THOMAS CLARK / SHORT FILMS / USA / 2018 / 13 MINS
A new series produced by AETN that probes the hearts and minds of local Arkansans in less than three minutes each.
AETN STUDENT SELECTS - 1:00 pm
Short Films - Various Directors
This screening will include a selection of Arkansas’s best student-created documentaries.
MAKE ROOM FOR PIE - 3:30 pm
Directed by Larry Foley
Take a tasty tour across Arkansas to visit unique places where homemade pies are baked to culinary perfection. Food writer Kat Robinson hosts this delicious field trip to rural kitchens, city cafes, and family-owned bakeries. From the Delta to the Ozark Hills, a diverse and eclectic batch of bakers create sweet masterpieces, with just the right amount of love and creative soul. Join us for a slice of pie after the screening of this AETN-produced documentary.
Directed by Scarlett Gooch
With his trademark irreverent, self-deprecating humor, Anthony Valinoti shares his secret recipe to success and happiness as he brings New York attitude and flavor to Hot Springs with his Deluca’s Pizzeria.
INGRID - 5:00 pm
Directed by Morrisa Maltz
Ingrid Gipson was a successful fashion designer who gave up her big city career for a reclusive life of solitude and unhindered creativity in the Ouachita Mountains. Rather than analyzing what led to her extreme change of lifestyle, this poetic film purposefully explores her current world as she lives off the land, creating clay sculptures out of rocks from a nearby creek. Every detail from the cinematic visual composition to the evocative soundscape is executed to perfection, creating a fitting tribute to an artist who lives life on her own terms.
Kevin - 7:00 pm -free screening, ticket reservations required
Directed by Mark Thiedeman
After struggling with numerous health conditions, homelessness, and a community overrun with poverty and drug abuse, a young skateboarder chooses to live life on his own terms, becoming a source of inspiration for the friends and family around him.
ABOUT FRESH DOCS
Fresh Docs is the Southern Documentary Fund’s free, work-in-progress screening series. These screenings give SDF filmmakers an opportunity to show their work fresh from the edit suite, and receive constructive feedback on story, structure, and characters from a diverse audience. As a result, not only do our artists make better films, but SDF grows documentary audiences by engaging them meaningfully in the creative process.
FREE SCREENING. Please reserve your tickets to attend.
Hot Springs pizza culture is in the throes of a renaissance and Grateful Head is leading the charge! Occupying a historic building once known as The Exchange, Grateful Head boasts the most spacious and inviting mountainside patio in Hot Springs, only a few steps from Bathhouse Row. Cradled on the steep slope of National Park’s West Mountain, pulsing with the forest’s nighttime buzz, a belly full of warm pizza and cold beer…it doesn’t get much more Arkansas than this. DJ Courier Coleman spins. Co-Hosted by Southern Documentary Fund / Fresh Docs Series.
Thursday, October 25
GOSPEL OF EUREKA - 7:00 pm
Directed by Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
Two hundred miles away from Hot Springs is the other tourist mecca in Arkansas. The spa town of Eureka Springs is home of healing waters, a Christian Passion Play, gospel-themed drag shows, and an epic battle to pass a municipal law that would protect LGBTQ citizens and visitors from discrimination. Eureka Springs has one of the highest per-capita gay populations alongside a large evangelical Christian population.
As the vote for City Ordinance 2223 races towards its decision, the film poetically explores the surreal atmosphere of a town with such stark contrasts and conflicting opinions. The colorful cast of characters include a devoutly Christian gay couple who own a local bar which they refer to as “The Hillbilly Studio 54”; The Passion Play’s singing pastor and master of ceremonies who sounds like Elvis during his rendition of “Peace in the Valley”; and a passionate drag performer singing “You can’t pray the gay away.”
Archival footage conjures up ghosts from the past including infamous anti-gay activists Gerald L.K. Smith, who commissioned the largest Christ statue in North America that overlooks the town, and singer Anita Bryant, who tried to stage a comeback concert in Eureka Springs. With their hopeful film, Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri present a miraculous vision of a Southern Utopia where two divergent populations co-exist peacefully and where religious-themed attractions and diversity festivals compete for tourist dollars.
CONWAY PRIDE (PRECEDeS GOSPEL OF EUREKA) - 7:00 pm
Directed by Stephen Stanley
The small Arkansas town of Conway has had an annual LGBT Pride Parade since 2004. When the 2017 edition is threatened after the founders pass away, their adopted children band together to save a local institution and honor their gay dads.
Drag Me To Church: Drag Revue After Party - 9:00 pm
Hot Springs just got hotter! The Gospel of Eureka comes to life, live and in person, as historic Whittington Place welcomes some of the film’s most dynamic divas to their stage, direct from Eureka Springs! What better place for Felicia Blackhart, Ginger Styles, Missy Cline, and Charnay Cassidine to make their regional debut than this wonderfully cathedral-esque room, flanked by breathtaking stained glass windows and a church organ of truly Biblical proportions! DJ Courier Coleman mans the turntables.
Friday, October 26
JACKS & JILLS - 2:00 PM
Directed by Adam Harbottle
The Lumberjack World Championship is beautifully captured on film by local Arkansas filmmaker Adam Harbottle, in all of its log-rolling, pole-climbing, wood-chopping glory. This action-packed documentary follows David Jewett and Abby Hoeschler as they compete among hundreds of athletes for bragging rights and hopes of being crowned the world’s best lumberjack and lumberjill. It’s like the rural, nature version of American Ninja Warrior.