Screenings will take place at the Darragh Center of the Main Library, 100 Rock St. A fee of $5 per program will be charged (day-long tickets are available for $15; a four-day pass is $50). Call 501-321-4747.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
“REEL WORLD” — Films of worldwide issues.
10:30 a.m.: Program 1
Silence — A survivor of the Teresienstadt concentration camp waits 50 years to break the silence about the ordeal. This animated film captures the surreal world of a child survivor whose pain has not been recognized or shared. (11 minutes.)
Senorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman) — The haunting story of the more than 200 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juarez, Mexico. In the midst of Juarez’s international mystique and high profile job market, there exists a murky history of grossly underreported human rights abuses and violence against women. (74 minutes.)
12:25 p.m.: Program 2
Student Competition Winner
Miss Lil’s Camp — Suzanne Niedland and Anberin Pasha, the winners of the HSDFI student competition, will present their film about Miss Lil, who taught campers in Clayton, Ga., that segregation was wrong when Jim Crow laws permeated every aspect of social life in the South. (26 minutes.)
Pale Male — Frederic Lilien’s work, filmed over six years high above New York’s Central Park, offers a rare glimpse of the survival techniques of one of nature’s great predatory creatures, the red-tailed hawk, and the relationship humanity can have with nature. (57 minutes.)
2:20 p.m.: Program 3
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision — This film focuses on the controversy that arose when it was announced that a young Chinese-American woman had submitted the winning design for the Vietnam War Memorial. (82 minutes.)
4:15 p.m.: Program 4
Control Room — Jehane Noujaim’s inside look at Al Jazeera, often thought of by Americans as an organization with close ties to terrorist organizations that only provides biased anti-American reporting, a misconception that Noujaim shatters. (93 minutes.)
6:10 p.m.: Program 5
When We Were Kings — Leon Gast’s contemporary chronicle of the heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, held in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on Oct. 30, 1974. This passionate and intelligent examination of history, politics, personality, religion and two great boxers won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary in 1997. (90 minutes.)
8:15 p.m.: Program 6
Standing in the Shadows of Motown — The story of the Funk Brothers, the little-known backing band on hit Motown singles by artists including Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. (116 minutes.)
Wednesday, Nov. 17
“THE REEL SOUTH AND REEL POLITICS” — Films relevant to the Southern experience and the world of the political process.
10:30 a.m.: Program 1
22 Straight — From the last game of 1963 until the 1966 Cotton Bowl, the Arkansas Razorbacks were undefeated, winning the Grantland Rice Trophy as the best team in college football in 1964. Includes archival footage and current interviews of the key players and coaches. (50 minutes.)
11:45 a.m.: Program 2
Hoxie: The First Stand — In 1955 the school board of a small Arkansas town voluntarily integrated its schools. When segregationist forces descended on the town, the board and the town’s black families stood together and drew a reluctant Justice Department into the fight. (56 minutes.)
1:05 p.m.: Program 3
Time of Fear — After Dec. 7, 1941, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their homes and relocate to military camps, including 16,000 who were sent to two camps in Southeast Arkansas for the duration of WWII. (60 minutes.)
2:30 p.m.: Program 4
Kinky Friedman: Proud To Be An Asshole From El Paso — This Jewish country musician, raconteur, writer and agitator against the politically correct is too smart for country and too country for the intelligentsia. Celebrities Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Bill Clinton shed light on his music and novels. Friedman, who's running for governor of Texas after a fashion, is to be present for the showing. (54 minutes.)
4 p.m.: Program 5
The Arkansas Rockefeller — A 41-year-old Winthrop Rockefeller, born of an aristocratic New York family, came to Arkansas determined to change his life. His wealth, famous name, lifestyle and philosophy all set him apart from his fellow Arkansans, many of whom thought his move would be temporary. (57 minutes.)
5:25 p.m.: Program 6
The King and Dick — Elvis Presley met President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office in December 1970. Through the original letters and memorandums written by Presley and the White House staff, this tells the behind-the-scenes story. (8 minutes.)
Getting Through to the President — For three days at one Greenwich Village payphone, hundreds of people tried to get through to the president. They fed quarters into a payphone and braved busy signals and excessive hold times to get their voices heard on topics such as the environment, health care, gay marriage, the war in Iraq and much more. (10 minutes.)
6:15 p.m.: Program 7
The Seasons Change — Richard Wormser documents the streets of Chicago during the turbulent Democratic National Convention in August 1968, after which many Americans began to doubt the ability of U.S. institutions to tolerate active dissension. (45 minutes.)
7:30 p.m.: Program 8
Primary — In 1960, former Life magazine correspondent Robert Drew changed the face of documentary filmmaking when he introduced the first of his powerful films about President John F. Kennedy. Drew and his team of cameramen — nascent documentarians Richard Leacock, Terrence McCartney Filgate, Albert Maysles, and D.A. Pennebaker — went on the road with the then-Senator from Massachusetts during the height of his 1960 Democratic primary run. A classic example of cinema verite. (53 minutes.)
8:40 p.m.: Program 9
The Fog of War — A provocative film about Robert McNamara, the Vietnam War-era secretary of defense, who subsequently became the president of the World Bank. (107 minutes.)
Thursday, Nov. 18
“REEL POLITICIAN” — Films celebrating the legacy of Bill Clinton.
3 p.m.: Program 1
396 Days — KATV news director Randy Dixon chronicles the “Clinton for President” campaign from its beginning on Oct. 3, 1991 at the Old State House in Little Rock to its end on Nov. 3, 1992, at the same location. (40 minutes.)
4 p.m.: Program 2
The Man From Hope — Remembered as one of the more effective candidate intro films. (13 minutes.)
A Place Called America — Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s 1996 Democratic Convention film. (16 minutes.)
A Legacy — Bloodworth-Thomason’s 2000 Democratic Convention film. (16 minutes.)
The Final Days — Phil Rosenthal pieces together a chronicle of the Clinton White House for the Washington press corps. (4 minutes.)
5:40 p.m.: Program 3
The Hunting of the President — Harry Thomason’s story of a sustained and well-funded effort to discredit and defeat Bill Clinton, dating from his gubernatorial days in Arkansas and eventually leading to his impeachment trial. (89 minutes.)
8 p.m.: Program 4
The War Room — A history-in-the-making look at Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. James Carville, manager of the 1992 campaign, and filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and Frazer Pennebaker will be on hand. (96 minutes.)
Friday, Nov. 19
“REEL INDIVIDUALS” — Films about the individuality of the creative and unique mind.
10:30 a.m.: Program 1
A Day at Dada — On March 23, 2003, a group of musicians, family and friends came together to pay tribute to legendary Texas musician Ronnie Dawson, who was battling throat cancer. (26 minutes.)
The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack — From his unlikely roots as the son of a Jewish doctor in Brooklyn, to his ongoing wanderings as the last of the singing cowboys, Ramblin’ Jack has packed so many adventures into his 68 years that he seems more myth than man. (112 minutes.)
1:20 p.m.: Program 2
Okie Noodling — Noodling is diving into creeks, rivers and lakes and catching bank-dwelling catfish barehanded, which Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years. Filmmaker Bradley Beesley will appear. (56 minutes.)
2:45 p.m.: Program 3
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey — This story seems too incredible to be true: A scientist who invented a new musical instrument was kidnapped by the Russians, had a seminal influence on the Beach Boys and Alfred Hitchcock and was decorated by Stalin for inventing the bug that helped the Russians spy on the Americans. Yet it all happened to Leon Theremin, the film’s fascinating subject. (86 minutes.)
4:50 p.m.: Program 4
Naked States — Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done in public and often without legal permits. (80 minutes.)
6:30 p.m.: Program 5
Startup.com — As an ailing economy reduces high-flying Internet companies around the country to bankruptcy, the acclaimed documentary team of Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker and Jehane Noujaim takes a behind-the-scenes look at the volatile start-up phenomenon. (107 minutes.)
9 p.m.: Program 6
Kurt and Courtney — After rocker Kurt Cobain’s April 1994 death was ruled a suicide, a film crew led by Nick Broomfield arrived in Seattle to make a documentary. Broomfield interviewed a variety of people associated with Cobain and his wife, Courtney Love. (95 minutes.)
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