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.
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
tells the story of the Arkansas Gazette’s leadership during the
of the Little Rock Central High School in 1957, an impor
chapter in the state’s history.
Filmmaker in person. Showing on
10/17 at 10 and 10/21 at 10:05
Work: Arkansas’ Knife Heritage from Bowie to Rambo
has played a prominent role in the history of knife-making.
video illuminates this role from the origins of the bowie knife and
toothpick in the 1830s, to the modern custom knife making
discretion is advised) Filmmaker in person. Showing on
4:15 and 10/23 at 10.
A Portrait of America
small mountain town of Heber Springs, the eccentric Arkansas
photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and
of the people of rural America during the two World Wars and
Great Depression. This documentary
discovers an American mas
influence on the modern Manhattan art world, and the legacy he
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.
1968 until its closing in 1993, the theme park inspired by Al
comic strip, “Lil Abner,” located in the heart of the Ozarks, capi
talized on the media popularity of ‘hillbillies’ (Beverly Hillbillies, Green
Dukes of Hazzard) while simultaneously generating endless de
about the negative impact of the stereotype on the state’s image.
success was short-lived, but the stereotypes upon which
built live on. Filmmaker in Person. Showing on
10/17 at 4:15pm and 10/23 at 10 am.
Storytellers is an AETN original documentary focusing on the art,
and secrets of Arkansas cemeteries. The story of these sacred
is told by individuals passionate about the sense of place they
the history of their residents, beauty of the memorials and pride
preservationists attempting to stave off the affects of time. T
individuals remind us why preserving cemeteries are impor
the history and continuity of our communities.
Showing on 10/18