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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Schedule, part two 

A guide to the films, workshops and parties this year has to offer.


Thursday 10/21

10 a.m. "A Different Path" (95 min.) — A group of individuals grapple with living in an automobile-dominated society by opting for foot, bike and boat travel. Theater 2.

10:05 a.m. "Woodruff" (30 min.) — An elementary school takes a stand against gang rivalries while improving academic performance. "The Crisis Mr. Faubus Made" (30 min.) — A look at the Arkansas Gazette's role in the 1957 desegregation crisis at Central High. Theater 1.

11:30 a.m. "No Pity" (19 min.) — An expose of pity-based fund-raising often used in autism campaigns. "Crazy Diamond" (11 min.) — The biography of a man living a full life in spite of his cerebral palsy. "Chiefland" (8 min.) — A man returns to the bull-riding arena in spite of a life-changing accident. "Nico's Challenge" (14 min.) — A 13-year-old boy, born with one leg, climbs Mount Kilimanjaro. Theater 1.

11:50 a.m. "Queen of the Sun" (83 min.) — An unusual, dramatic look at the beekeepers and the potential consequences of a global bee crisis. Theater 2.

12:55 p.m. "Truth or Consequences" (10 min.) — A young couple leaves New York City for rural New Mexico, bracing themselves for a coming collapse. "Simple Questions" (35 min.) — What began as a fourth-grade project has since grown into a major watershed restoration movement. "The Leftovers" (28 min.) — Two "dumpster divers" journey along the Australian coast, eating nothing but thrown away food. Theater 1.

1:50 p.m. "Bu Sahide" (22 min.) — A look at vacation culture in Turkey, where families often relocate on the coast for entire summers. "Liemba" (52 min.) — Life aboard an African transport ship. Theater 2.

2:35 p.m. "There Once Was an Island" (80 min.) — A Pacific Islander community deals with the effects of climate change. Theater 1.

3 p.m. Workshop: fair use and copyright. At 823 Central Ave.

3:30 p.m. "The Sheriff" (14 min.) — An elderly African-American man with albinism focuses on his spirituality. "Torch" (23 min.) — In Birmingham, Ala., an odd, 56-foot-tall statue marks every traffic death by changing colors of its torch. "Snake Fever" (13 min.) — A look a snake hunters in rural Oklahoma. "Fire in the Mountains" (22 min.) — An independent wrestling organization in Appalachian Kentucky typifies the struggles of modern rural life. Theater 2.

4:20 p.m. "Zud. Cold Symphony" (30 min.) — Modern-day Mongolian herders keep the tradition alive, withstanding average -40 Celsius temperatures. "Return to Virunga" (47 min.) — Small forces of forest rangers protect the endangered mountain gorillas native to the Congo in the midst of the country's civil war. Theater 1.

5 p.m. Screening/discussion: documentary filmmaking in Africa. At 823 Central Ave.

5:10 p.m. "Eleanore & the Timekeeper" (76 min.) — A 91-year-old mother has to move her developmentally disabled 64-year-old son into a nursing home after living together for decades. Theater 2.

6 p.m. "Lil Poison" (58 min.) — The world's youngest professional video gamer deals with the stress of big money gaming and his parents' divorce. Theater 1.

6:50 p.m. "Echotone" (90 min.) — A look at the vibrant music community in Austin, Texas. Theater 2.

7 p.m. Filmmaker's reception at Taylor's Contemporanea Fine Arts.

7:25 p.m. "God Willing" (72 min.) — An examination of religious "intentional communities" or cults. Theater 1.

8:45 p.m. "Biker Fox" (89 min.) — The story of Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox, Tulsa motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and all around weirdo. Theater 2.

9:05 p.m. "Mezzanotte Obscura" (24 min.) — A look into artistic and critical questions that have arisen out of the nude images captured by Thomas Mezanotte. "Oliviero Toscani" (44 min.) — An Italian photographer uses shocking imagery to sell clothing in the '90s, making him a pioneer of anti-advertising. Theater 1.

10 p.m. Dana Falconberry & Sunset in concert, Maxine's Pub, 700 Central Ave.


Friday 10/22

10 a.m. "A Good Day to Die" (92 min.) — A look at a Native American's life from boarding schools to military service, prison to community organization. Theater 2.

10:05 a.m. "Remembrance" (23 min.) — A filmmaker tells the story of his grandmother's Holocaust experience. "Ingelore" (40 min.) — A biography of a Holocaust survivor that serves as a meditation on personal freedom. Theater 1.

11:35 a.m. "The Desert of Forbidden Art" (80 min.) — During Soviet rule, a collector compiles 40,000 pieces of "forbidden" art and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan. Theater 1.

11:59 a.m. "Keep Dancing" (21 min.) — After celebrated careers, two legendary dancers continue their craft as 90-year-olds in their private studio. "Let Your Feet Do the Talking" (30 min.) — A look at a 7-year-old buck dancing legend and the role of music in society. Theater 2.

1:15 p.m. "Strange Things: Children of Haiti" (72 min.) — The story of Haiti's "street boys." Theater 1.

1:20 p.m. "Garbage Dreams" (79 min.) — Three teen-age boys born into the trash trade outside Cairo reflect on life as a Zaballeen or "garbage person." Theater 2.

2:55 p.m. "Free China Junk" (101 min.) — The story of five men who risk their lives to journey beyond 1955 Taiwan. Theater 1.

3:05 p.m. "Overnight Stay" (9 min.) In this illustrated doc, an 83-year-old woman vividly recalls an event during WWII that likely saved her life. "Goodbye, How Are You?" (55 min.) — A Serbian travelogue that shows how citizens use language to critique the madness of politics. Theater 2.

4:35 p.m. "Amerika Idol" (35 min.) — Rocky Balboa becomes a symbol of hope for a war torn Serbian village. "Just About Famous" (15 min.) — The world of celebrity imposters. "Gospel According to Matthew" (19 min.) — A portrait of a telemarketer. Theater 2.

5 p.m. Workshop: Guerilla lighting. At 823 Central Ave.

5:10 p.m. "Song from Nickel" (83 min.) — A look in the soulful, hedonistic music culture of Los Angeles' forgotten hotels. Theater 1.

6:15 p.m. "Grown in Detroit" (60 min.) — Teen moms become urban gardeners in Detroit. Theater 2.

7 p.m. "George Kuchar's Weather Diaries," part five. At 823 Central Ave.

7 p.m. "Mister Rogers & Me" (80 min.) — An MTV producer strikes up an unlikely friendship with the iconic children's show host. Theater 1.

7:45 p.m. "Beard Club" (59 min.) — A worldwide survey of facial hair. Theater 2.

8:30 p.m. "It Came from Kuchar." At 823 Central Ave.

8:45 p.m. "Dirty Pictures" (90 min.) — Considers the impact of the creator of MDMA's psychedelic research. Theater 1.

9:10 p.m. "Haack: The King of Techno" (70 min.) — A peek into the world of underground music legend. Theater 2.

10 p.m. After party with DJ Bruce Haack and special guests. At Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor.


Saturday 10/23

10 a.m. "Dirty Work" (29 min.) — A study of Arkansas's prominent role in the history of knife-making. "Dogpatch" (30 min.) — Exploration of the infamous "Lil' Abner" theme park and the stereotypes on which it was founded. Theater 2.

10:05 a.m. "Freedom Riders" (113 min.) — Feature-length look at civil rights activists who challenged the segregation of the South's interstate system in 1961. Theater 1.

11 a.m. Panel: independent film distribution. At 823 Central Ave.

11:30 a.m. "Tuned In" (6 min.) — One man's obsession with natural sounds. "BirdMan" (10 min.) — The life of a specialty bird shop owner in Manhattan. "A Tiny Spark" (21 min.) — A man establishes a faux sovereign nation in the desert of Nevada. "The Chess Shop" (23 min.) — Life at The Chess Shop in the West Village. Theater 2.

12:25 p.m. "World Peace and other 4th Grade Achievements" (47 min.) — An elementary school teacher and his classroom participate in an exercise called the "World Peace Game." Theater 1.

12:55 p.m. "I Am Homeless" (10 min.) — A student-made doc on the homeless of Conway. "The Sharecroppers" (18 min.) — The harsh life of America's chicken farmer. "Bombs in Our Backyard" (26 min.) — A look back at the communities that housed Titan II missile silos 50 years ago. "Voices for Justice" (15 min.). — A brief look at what's going on with the West Memphis Three case. Theater 2.

1 p.m. Workshop/discussion: finding money for the Arts with Matthew Lesko. At 823 Central Ave.

1:50 p.m. "Ballhawks" (74 min.) — The story of the men who've chased baseballs outside of Wrigley Field for the last 90 years. Theater 1.

2:40 p.m. "Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies" (89 min.) — John Malkovich narrates this documentary about the world of boredom. Theater 2

3:30 p.m. "Space Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm" (78 min.) — A look into the work of Ant Farm, the renegade '70s architecture collective. Theater 1.

4:35 p.m. "Just Like Us" (72 min.) — Stand up comedy in the Middle East. Theater 2.

5:15 p.m. "Toyland" (68 min.) — A trip into the high stakes toy industry and the struggling inventors trying to break into the lucrative business. Theater 1.

5:30 p.m. "Ant Farm," retrospective." At 823 Central Ave.

6 p.m. Filmmakers' Celebration at Regency Hall.

6:15 p.m. "Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World" (74 min.) — A portrait of the tattoo artist turned fashion maven. Theater 2.

6:50 p.m. "Collapse" (82 min.) — For years a reclusive man has dedicated his life to studying and preparing himself for a potential collapse of industrial civilization. Theater 1.

7:55 p.m. "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" (94 min.) — Using original video footage, director Tamara Davis details the rise and fall of the legendary artist. Theater 2.

8:40 p.m. "World's Largest" (79 min.) — A survey of the small towns that claim that they have the "world's largest" something. Theater 1.

9:55 p.m. "William S. Burroughs: Words of Advice" (74 min.) — Salvaged footage from a trip Burroughs made to Scandinavia serves as the foundation for this portrait of the acclaimed author. Theater 2.

10:25 p.m. "Forever's Gunna Start Tonight" (54 min.) — The story of female impersonator Vicki Marlane. Theater 1.


Sunday 10/24

10 a.m. "Dancing Across Borders" (88 min.) — The story of a gifted Cambodian dancer. Theater 2.

10:05 a.m. "Disfarmer: A Portrait of America" (52 min.) — A study of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer of Heber Springs. Theater 1.

11:25 a.m. "Ester and Me" (33 min.) — A former model and stand-up comedian, currently in a nursing home, befriends a 40-something comedy producer. "Fwd: Update on My Life" (35 min.) — A pioneer on Internet education forgoes her mood stabilizers for the Atkins diet to unexpected results. Theater 1.

11:55 a.m. "World's Largest" (79 min.) — A survey of the small towns that claim that they have the "world's largest" something. Theater 2.

1 p.m. "Arpaio's America" (39 min.) — A look at the aggressive immigration enforcement implemented by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz. "Stories from Baghdad USA" (29 min.) — The story of the thousands of Iraqi Christian immigrants living in California. Theater 1.

1 p.m. Graphic novel form. At 823 Central.

1:45 p.m. "Perry County" (27 min.) — A look at the decision to dump millions of tons of coal waste ash in a landfill in a poor, predominantly black community in Alabama. "Shelter in Place" (48 min.) — Texas industries are legally allowed to release millions of tons of toxic pollutants into the air each year; this doc examines the effects. Theater 2.

2:35 p.m. "Amerika Idol" (35 min.) — Rocky Balboa becomes a symbol of hope for a war-torn Serbian village. "Just About Famous" (15 min.) — The world of celebrity imposters. "Gospel According to Matthew" (19 min.) — A portrait of a telemarketer. Theater 1.

3:30 p.m. "The Lottery" (81 min.) — Inside one of the notorious school lotteries in New York City. Theater 2.

3:30 p.m. "Bouncing Cats" (76 min.) — In AIDS-ravaged Uganda, an HIV-positive orphan organizes a break-dancing crew who find inspiration and promise in hip-hop. At 823 Central.

4:20 p.m. "Beard Club" (60 min.) — A worldwide survey of facial hair. Theater 1.

5:10 p.m. "Coals to Newcastle" (79 min.) — The story of British funk musicians in New Orleans. Theater 2.

5:30 p.m. "Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World." — A portrait of the tattoo artist turned fashion maven. At 823 Central Ave.

5:45 p.m. "Common Ground" (27 min.) — A study of Southern California's life cycle. "Milltown, Montana" (34 min.) — A look at post-industrial mine country. Theater 1.

6:55 p.m. "Dirty Pictures" (90 min.) — Considers the impact of the creator of MDMA's psychedelic research.Theater 2.

7:10 p.m. "The Valley of Dawn" (24 min.) — Brazilians believe they're originally from "Planet Capela." "Dancing Boys of Afghanistan" (52 min.) — An ancient, exploitative tradition re-emerges in Taliban-fraught Afghanistan.

9 p.m. Closing festivities: Filmmakers' sendoff. At Star Gallery.

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