The documentary film fan — a growing legion to be sure after such films as "The Hunting of the President" and "Fahrenheit 9-11" hit the mainstream movie market this year — will have a busy next two months in Central Arkansas.
Besides the now traditional Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival on Oct. 22-31, two festivals are set for this weekend — one in Hot Springs and the other a free event at Little Rock’s Market Street Cinema — and a festival has been organized by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Instituted and will be based here around the mid-November opening of the Clinton Presidential Center.
The second annual InFACT Theatrical Documentary Tour, a program of short and feature-length films seeking an Academy Award nomination, returns to Arkansas for the on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-26. Held in at Market Street Cinema last year, the Los Angeles-based International Documentary Association’s tour is being staged in three other cities this fall, and this weekend its in Hot Springs at the Behind the Mall Cinema, 4501 Central Ave. Beginning with last year’s Oscars, all documentaries that are considered candidates for a nomination now must play commercially, and the IDA’s InFACT Tour gives a select group of films that opportunity.
Those films, covering subjects ranging from a 75-minute piece on the only white woman murdered in the 1960s civil rights battle to children born in a Calcutta brothel to a two-hour film on L.A.’s first cable television station are:
o "Home of the Brave" (5:30 p.m. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun.);
o "In the Realms of the Unreal" (3:30 p.m. Sat., 9:15 p.m. Sun.);
o "Let the Church Say Amen" (10 a.m. Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun.);
o "Born Into Brothels" (7:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. Sun.);
o "Repatriation" (12:15 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. Sun.);
o "Z Channel — A Magnificent Obsession" (9:45 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.);
o "This Ain’t No Heartland" (8 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m. Sun.);
o "The Conscientious Objector" (10:15 p.m. Sat., 6:15 p.m. Sun.);
o "The Ritchie Boys" (10 a.m. Sat., 8:15 p.m. Sun.);
o "Hotel City" and "Collateral Damages" (12:15 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. Sun.);
o "Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story, "Hardwood" and "With No Direction Home" (2 p.m. Sat., 10:30 p.m. Sun.);
o "Philosopher’s Paradise" and "White Cane and Wheels" (4 p.m. Sat., noon Sun.);
o "The Future of Food" (6 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.);
o and "The Last Victory" (10 a.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun.).
Admission to each film (or grouping of shorter films) is $5 per program.
Two of Matt Smith’s screens at Market Street Cinema will be devoted for two days to the Little Rock Political Documentary Film Festival. A group named Lucidity Ink is producing the festival and admission is free.
The films are: (Saturday) "Bush Family Fortunes" (12:15 p.m.), "Before You Don’t Vote" (12:30 p.m.), "See How They Run" (1 p.m.), "The Party’s Over" (2 p.m.), "Last Man Standing" (2:30 p.m.), "Brothers in Arms (4:15 p.m.), "The Hunting of the President" (5:40 p.m.), "Bill’s Run" (5 p.m.), "Planned Parenthood" (7:15 p.m.), "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" (8:15 p.m.) and "War Feels Like War" (8:30 p.m.); and (Sunday) "Horns and Halos" (12:15 p.m.), "Invisible Ballots" (12:30 p.m.), "Unconstitutional (2:15 p.m.), "What America Needs" (2:30 p.m.), "Let’s Get Frank" (4 p.m.), "Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election" (5:40 p.m.), "XXI Century: Civilization" (5 p.m.), "XXI Century: Blood and Oil" (6:30 p.m.) and "XXI Century: Pax Americana" (8 p.m.).
The political documentaries will be accompanied by guest speakers who will introduce the movies. Local activist groups will set up in the lobby.
"There’s a lot said in those films," Smith said.
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