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Top 5 Must See Films at the 28th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

North America's oldest all-documentary film festival is set to celebrate its 28th Anniversary, October 18-26th! The festival held at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa showcases a mix of documentary features and shorts, both domestic and international. Film legends such as James Earl Jones and famous documentarian Werner Herzog are just a couple extraordinary names who've been in attendance for past festivals. See diverse films, experience amazing panels, meet legendary actors and overall celebrate your love for film at the 28th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival!

For a full schedule of films click here.

One Child Nation

Directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

This monumental journey starts in co-director Nanfu Wang's rural hometown, with her own family, before extending across the entire nation in consideration of China’s “one child policy” and its enforcement through propaganda and unsettling government policies. With her infant son accompanying her, Wang’s bravery and concern for the soul of a nation takes her across the ocean back to America, her adopted home, in a reckoning of personal responsibility and the unexpected consequences of global adoption. Sundance Film Festival 2019 Premiere and Winner of the Grand Jury Prize. Sat, Oct 19th 11:45AM *Followed by a director fireside chat at 4:00PM.

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Directed by Dir. Midge Costin

Behind every iconic screen image is an equally important sound. Meet the sound designers responsible for creating some of the most famous movie moments in Hollywood history. Without their creativity ingenuity, Chewbacca's cry would not be so instantly recognizable, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park wouldn't be so breathtakingly authentic, and the atmosphere of Saving Private Ryan's opening Omaha Beach battle sequence wouldn't be so visceral. Learn how sound designers collaborate with directors and leverage technology to create emotional and transformative experiences. Featuring interviews with David Lynch, George Lucas, Barbra Streisand, and more, follow these sonic masters through each meticulous step of bringing your favorite movie moments to life. Sun, Oct 20th 7:00 PM *Followed by a discussion with Cecelia Hall, Academy Award-winning sound designer and sound editor; Richard Anderson, renowned sound effects editor and Academy Award winner and Glenn Kiser, the esteemed director of the Dolby Institute.

Men & Women of Distinction: Governor Mike Beebe


 Directed by Kathryn Tucker

Featuring politics from a bygone era, this compelling profile documents the incredible career of former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. From humble beginnings in a shack in Jackson County, to state Senator, Attorney General, and eventually Governor, Mike Beebe always defied expectations of what it means to be an Arkansan. The film captures Beebe's charisma and charm, as well as his notable ability to work across party lines during polarizing times. A must-see for locals and visitors alike, the film is a reminder of how politicians for the people can represent the very best of our great nation. Mon, Oct 21st 7:00 PM *Followed by a conversation with Governor Mike Beebe.

Changing the Game

Directed by Michael Barnett

Three courageous transgender high school athletes, playing at the top of their game, maneuver bureaucratic minefields set in place by discriminatory rules in order to participate in the sports they love. Caught in the center of a national civil rights debate, these resilient heroes persevere in their quest to compete as their authentic gender, learning how to direct and steer conversations aimed at changing the hearts and minds of adults, despite being teens themselves. Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Premiere Outfest Los Angeles 2019 Audience Award Winner. Sun, Oct 20th 11:15AM.

Well Groomed

Directed by Rebecca Stern

Move over Best in Show, there's a new dog in town. The creative and colorful world of competitive dog grooming comes to life in this charming documentary that follows four champion groomers in their quest to coif the canine best. Following the subjects over the course of a year, this absorbing backstage look introduces you to the ins and outs of an industry you never knew existed while also showcasing the bark, bite, and immense artistry that it takes to create grooming designs that are creative enough to be crowned gold. Sun, Oct 20th 1:45PM.

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