Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival schedule 

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

FRIDAY 10/15

6 p.m.: Opening reception. Malco lobby.

7 p.m.: "Disfarmer: A Portrait of America" (52 min.) – A study of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer of Heber Springs. World premiere. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1.

7:30 p.m.: "Disfarmer: A Portrait of America" (52 min.) – Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 2.

9 p.m.: Reception at MOCA. Ozark Bathhouse.


10 a.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.

10:05 a.m.: "Old People Driving" (25 min.) – Can someone simply be "too old to drive"? "Bowling Blind" (35 min.) – A look at the determined Metropolitan Blind Bowlers as they try to make it to the National Blind Bowling Tournament. Theater 1.

11:30 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. Filmmaker in attendance. "Fwd: Update on My Life" (35 min.) – A pioneer of Internet education forgoes her mood stabilizers for the Atkins diet to unexpected results. Theater 1.

11:00 a.m.: Panel: The Making of "Disfarmer." 823 Central.

11:45 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. "Bu Sahide" (22 min.) – When Turkish families vacation for months at a time on the coasts, it's not uncommon for entire towns to follow. "Liemba" (52 min.) – A cargo ferry serves as a reminder of European colonialism in Africa. Theater 2.

11:10 p.m.: "World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements" (57 min.) – An elementary school teacher and his classroom participate in an exercise called the "World Peace Game." Theater 1.

1:00 p.m.: Workshop: Documentary comedy. 823 Central.

2:30 p.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 1.

2:45 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 2.

3:00 p.m.: Workshop for teachers: Teaching film/video. 823 Central.

4:10 p.m.: "Queen of the Sun" (83 min.) – An unusual, dramatic look at beekeepers and the potential consequences of the global bee crisis. Theater 2.

4:30 p.m.: "Invisible Girlfriend" (76 min.) – In rural Louisiana, a man bicycles 400 miles to find his make-believe girlfriend, Joan of Arc, in a New Orleans bar. Theater 1.

5:30 p.m.: "Faux Dox," part one. 823 Central.

6:00 p.m.: "Roll Out Cowboy" (75 min.) – A typical cowboy embodies the struggles of the American West while embracing rap culture. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 2.

6:10 p.m.: "God Willing" (72 min.) – An examination of religious "intentional communities," or cults. Theater 1.

7:00 p.m.: VIP reception. With Wes Studi and Anne Bass. Porterhouse Club.

7:30 p.m.: "Wasteland Utopias" (91 min.) – An abstract documentary about environmental and psychological sustainability. 823 Central.

7:40 p.m.: "Just Like Us" (72 min.) – A group of Arabic comedians find comedy in the turbulent Middle East. Theater 2.

7:55 p.m.: "Dancing Across Borders" (88 min.) – A young Cambodian boy is taken to America to study ballet, leading him to a successful, celebrated career in dance. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1.

9:25 p.m.: "Certifiably Jonathan" (79 min.) – Comedian Jonathan Winters gets his confidence back, thanks to a group of his proteges. Filmmaker in attendance Theater 2.



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