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Movie fans are in for an entire box of treats October 10 – 19 when the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival presents its 23rd annual program of the world’s best documentary films.

Dozens of great movies, beginning with the opening night screening of music legend Glen Campbell’s biography, “I’ll Be Me,” and personal appearances by stars George Takei, Greg Louganis, Joey Lauren Adams, James Keach, Tess Harper and Luke Wilson, will be featured.

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa will be the headquarters for the festival, with other showings at Low Key Arts.

Admission for single films will be $5, but numerous other ticket options available at the festival website, http://www.hsdfi.org/tickets-passes/.

Here is a brief list of just a few of the festival highlights:

Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me will open the festival on October 10, 2014. Directed and produced by James Keach (Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Because of Winn Dixie, Groundhog Day), this powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon opens to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind.

• Join actor and activist George Takei on his playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love as To Be Takei closes the festival on October 18, 2014. Special guest Takei will take part in an exclusive Q&A at the conclusion of the film. Over seven decades, George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII Arkansas internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of hordes of social media fans.

• In a unique expansion of the festival's shorts programming, HSDFF will showcase a sidebar of mockumentary shorts in addition to its many top short documentary offerings. Actor and filmmaker Luke Wilson will pay a visit to Hot Springs along with his mockumentary short Satellite Beach, following the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center.

The Apothecary, winner of the top Student Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject, a film that takes audiences to an impoverished former mining town in the American Southwest where a beloved druggist runs the community's main hub: the sole pharmacy within 4,000 square miles.

• The Last Days of Peter Bergmann, Sundance and Sheffield Best Doc Short nominee, takes us back to the summer of 2009 when a man calling himself Peter Bergmann arrived in Sligo Town. Over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.

• When writer and director Debra Granik ventured to Missouri to make her feature Winter’s Bone, she discovered the subject of her next film: Ron ’Stray Dog’ Hall, a biker and Vietnam vet with a big heart. Granick's new documentary feature Stray Dog follows the burly biker and his family along the open road as this warrior in the heartland brushes up against perilous aspects of contemporary American culture while balancing his commitments to his fellow combat veterans, family, and neighbors.

Meet the Patels is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters an awkward love triangle between the woman of his dreams and his parents, Champa and Vasant, as they navigate the traditions and tribulations of arranged marriage. Parents Champa and Vasant Patel will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A session.

• James (The Amazing) Randi has been wowing audiences with his mind-blowing illusions, escapes, and tricks for over 50 years, charming Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show audiences, then later taking on self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller and publicly declaring him a fraud. In An Honest Liar, Randi reveals the fact that we all maintain complicated relationships with the art of deception, even ‘The Amazing’ Randi himself. James Randi will attend a Q&A after the screening.

Dozens of other amazing films await festival-goers.

Check it all out at www.hsdfi.org.