Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Starts this Weekend

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The 19th
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 
(Oct. 15-24) starts this weekend with the world premier of Disfarmer,
which tells the story of the eccentric Arkansas portrait photographer Mike
Disfarmer. There are many films with Arkansas connections at the festival this year
and many of the filmmakers will be in person at the showings to
discuss them after.  I’ve
listed a few of the films with Arkansas ties below.

 

The
selection process begins in December and screening committee
members go through hundreds of entries before making the decision on which
programs make it into the mix. Over 100 films with local, national, and international themes will be shown at the Malco Theatre during the festival in Hot Springs. It is the oldest documentary film festival in the U.S. and the Malco, built in 1935, is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more details on the film, visit here.   I’m planning to be at the festival so hopefully
I’ll see you there!

 
The Crisis Mr. Faubus Made
The film
tells the story of the Arkansas Gazette’s leadership during the

desegregation
of the Little Rock Central High School in 1957, an impor

tant
chapter in the state’s history.



Filmmaker in person. Showing on


10/17 at 10 and 10/21 at 10:05
 











 

Dirty
Work: Arkansas’ Knife Heritage from Bowie to Rambo



Arkansas
has played a prominent role in the history of knife-making.



This
video illuminates this role from the origins of the bowie knife and



Arkansas
toothpick in the 1830s, to the modern custom knife making



revival. 
(viewer
discretion is advised) Filmmaker in person. Showing on

10/17 at
4:15 and 10/23 at 10.
 
 

DisFarmer:
A Portrait of America




In the
small mountain town of Heber Springs, the eccentric Arkansas

portrait
photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and

emotions
of the people of rural America during the two World Wars and

the
Great Depression.  This documentary
discovers an American mas

ter, his
influence on the modern Manhattan art world, and the legacy he



left
behind in his hometown of Heber Springs Arkansas. World premier, filmmaker in person. Showing on





10/15 at 7 pm, and 10/15 at 7:30 p.m.




Dogpatch
USA



From
1968 until its closing in 1993, the theme park inspired by Al

Capp’s
comic strip, “Lil Abner,” located in the heart of the Ozarks, capi

talized on the media popularity of ‘hillbillies’ (Beverly Hillbillies, Green

Acres,
Dukes of Hazzard)
while simultaneously generating endless de

bate
about the negative impact of the stereotype on the state’s image.

Dogpatch’s
success was short-lived, but the stereotypes upon which

it was
built live on. Filmmaker in Person. Showing on



10/17 at 4:15pm and 10/23 at 10 am.



 





Silent
Storytellers



Silent
Storytellers is an AETN original documentary focusing on the art,

history
and secrets of Arkansas cemeteries. The story of these sacred

grounds
is told by individuals passionate about the sense of place they

inspire,
the history of their residents, beauty of the memorials and pride

of
preservationists attempting to stave off the affects of time. T

hese
individuals remind us why preserving cemeteries are impor

tant to
the history and continuity of our communities.

Showing on 10/18
at 10:05pm.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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