Strong Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival line-up | Rock Candy

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Strong Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival line-up

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Detropia image
  • A still from 'Detropia'

After a run of calamity — foreclosure, in-fighting, natural disaster — the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute and Film Festival seem to be on firmer footing these days. The Hot Springs Chamber is helping out with bookkeeping and office space. Big-time film producer and Arkansas native Courtney Pledger stepped in as director and veteran PR person and film advocate Susan Altrui took over as chairman of the board.

With not quite two weeks until this year's Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival kicks off (Oct. 12-21), it's a bit disconcerting that you can't yet find the schedule online. But! I've got a press release with a bunch of the highlights, and the line-up looks to be one of the strongest in years.

A few that caught my eye on the jump with trailers:

"Detropia," the latest from the directors of "Jesus Camp," about the economic devastation of Detroit, looks incredible and has gotten rave reviews.

Charles Bradley might be my favorite retro soul singer, so I'm very excited to see "Charles Bradley: Soul of America" about his late career rise.

Pin-up legend Bettie Page's enduring appeal is the focus of "Bettie Page Reveals All." Page, after years in seclusion, narrates the film.

For some reason I can't embed the trailer for "Plimpton!," but, obviously, if you're a fan of the Paris Review founding editor and participatory journalism pioneer, it should be on your list.

"The Revisionaries" takes on Texas's wacky state board of education as it rewrites textbook standards to reflect creationism and other retrograde ideas. Trailer here.

Three of direct cinema hero Robert Drew's films will be show, all shot during the Kennedy campaign and presidency: "Primary" about the 1960 Wisconsin primary, "Adventures on the New Frontier" about the administration's first year and "Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment" about Kennedy's showdown with George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama.

Two Arkansas-connected films making their debut: Larry Foley's documentary short "The Art of Crystal Bridges" and "Glen Campbell: The Long Way Home," which director James Keach will preview.

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store



Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • The Hate Week Edition

    White supremacy and Donald Trump, Confederate statutes, the state’s new execution plan, a blow to Planned Parenthood in Arkansas, the LRPD and the homeless — all covered on this week's edition.
    • Aug 18, 2017
  • Werner Herzog coming to Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

    The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has scored a coup, landing Werner Herzog, one of the most influential and surely the most interesting documentary filmmakers ever for its upcoming festival, Oct. 6-15.
    • Aug 18, 2017
  • The Arkansas Cinema Society's must-see 'Premiere'

    The new outfit kicks off with Adam Driver "A Ghost Story" and more.
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.
  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: New music from The Uh Huhs, Country Florist, The Wandering Lake, Osyrus Bolly and more


    • on August 17, 2017
  • Re: New music from The Uh Huhs, Country Florist, The Wandering Lake, Osyrus Bolly and more


    • on August 17, 2017
  • Re: New music from The Uh Huhs, Country Florist, The Wandering Lake, Osyrus Bolly and more


    • on August 17, 2017



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation