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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

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  1. 41X

    Brian Carlson / Short Films / 6 mins
    Mike Graves doesn’t let his cerebral palsy slow him down as he races lawn mowers in the Avon Park Mower-Plex in Florida, the first racetrack of its kind in the nation.

    Precedes: THE LAST RACE

    Precedes:
    THE LAST RACE

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 23, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets


  2. 49 MILE SCENIC DRIVE

    Bradley Smith, Tyler McPherron / Short Films / USA / 2018 / 11 mins
    The amusing story behind one of San Francisco's most visually arresting signposts, the design change that tarnishes its legacy, and a campaign to keep a classic alive.
    Plays In:
    ANIMATED SHORTS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 27, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets


  3. 93QUEEN

    Paula Eiselt / US Films / USA / 2018 / 90 mins
    Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, a group of tenacious Hasidic women smash the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

    Preceded by: RESCATE

    93QUEEN

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 26, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets


  4. ADVENTURE BEFORE DEMENTIA

    Thomas Grainger / Short Films / Australia / 2017 / 7 mins
    One woman’s journey to turn people’s lives from beige to brilliant, one bird show at a time.

    Precedes: AMÉRICA

    Precedes:
    AMÉRICA

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 26, 2018 9:30 am Buy Tickets


  5. AETN STUDENT SELECTS

    Shorts Programs / USA / 2017 / 60 mins
    A selection of Arkansas’s best student-created documentaries.
    AETN STUDENT SELECTS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 23, 2018 1:00 pm Buy Tickets


  6. Ain’t Dead Yet

    Kevin Thomas Clark / Shorts Programs / USA / 2018 / 5 min mins
    Anthony Smith lost his arm and his ability to walk in service to his country. With intense physical therapy and deep family support, he finds renewed strength and purpose through teaching martial arts and training for the 2020 US Paralympic team.
    Plays In:
    MADE IN ARKANSAS SHORTS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 23, 2018 10:00 am Buy Tickets


  7. AMÉRICA

    Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside / International Films / USA / 2018 / 76 mins
    Mexican brothers Rodriguez, Bruno, and Diego are unexpectedly tasked with caring for their 93-year-old grandmother despite growing familial tensions and disagreements.

    Preceded by: ADVENTURE BEFORE DEMENTIA

    AMÉRICA

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 26, 2018 9:30 am Buy Tickets


  8. SHORTS: Animated Documentaries

    Shorts Programs / 99 mins mins
    Illustrating life and true stories through creative approaches and innovative animation techniques.

    In This Program: HOAN ALONE: PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE BRIDGE, KAFKA SHRUGGED, LITTLE FIEL, LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL, NUEVA VIDA, TRACING ADDAI, AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS, 49 MILE SCENIC DRIVE

    ANIMATED SHORTS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 27, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets


  9. THE ARTIFACT ARTIST

    Russ Kendall / Short Films / USA / 2017 / 23 mins
    Urban archeologist Scott Jordan unearths 300 years of New York City’s garbage to create 21st century art work.
    Plays In:
    MEMORIES & MEMENTOS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 27, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets


  10. ASK THE SEXPERT

    Vaishali Sinha / International Films / India, USA / 2017 / 83 mins
    Ninety-three-year old Dr. Watsa is a popular sex advice columnist in India, despite sex being a taboo topic there and political activists trying to censor him.

    Preceded by: TUNGRUS

    ASK THE SEXPERT

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 24, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets


  11. BABY BROTHER

    Kamau Bilal / Short Films / USA / 2018 / 14 mins
    The director's younger brother moves back in with his parents and experiences a summer impasse.
    Plays In:
    BLOODLINES & LIFELINES

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 22, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets

    Plays In:
    BLOODLINES & LIFELINES

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 24, 2018 2:30 pm Buy Tickets


  12. BEHIND THE CURVE

    Daniel J. Clark / US Films / USA / 2018 / 96 mins
    Meet real Flat Earthers, a small but growing contingent of people who firmly believe that there is a centuries’ long conspiracy to suppress the truth that the Earth is flat.
    BEHIND THE CURVE

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 20, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets


  13. BENEATH THE INK

    Cy Dodson / Short Films / USA / 2018 / 12 mins
    Ohio tattoo artist Billy Joe White corrects people’s mistakes when their belief systems change.
    Plays In:
    PEOPLE VS PERSONAS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 25, 2018 4:00 pm Buy Tickets

    Plays In:
    PEOPLE VS PERSONAS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 26, 2018 2:00 pm Buy Tickets


  14. BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

    Aaron Lieber / Free Events, Sports Films / USA / 2018 / 99 mins
    Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer despite losing an arm to a shark attack, undertaking her most daunting challenge: chasing a toddler and the biggest wave of her career.

    Preceded by: ZION

    BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 21, 2018 2:30 pm Buy Tickets


  15. BIG ELVIS

    Paul Stone / Short Films / USA / 12 mins
    A 960-pound Elvis impersonator is convinced he is Elvis Presley's secret love child.
    Plays In:
    PEOPLE VS PERSONAS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 25, 2018 4:00 pm Buy Tickets

    Plays In:
    PEOPLE VS PERSONAS

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 26, 2018 2:00 pm Buy Tickets


  16. BIG TIME

    Kaspar Astrup Shröder / US Films / Denmark / 2017 / 92 mins
    This philosophical portrait follows “starchitect” Bjarke Ingles as he redesigns the iconic Manhattan skyline through his biggest projects yet: the W57 skyscraper and Two World Trade Center.

    Preceded by: THE THOMAS FIRE ARCHITECT

    BIG TIME

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 20, 2018 9:30 am Buy Tickets


  17. SHORTS: Bloodlines & Lifelines

    Shorts Programs / 97 mins mins
    Blood is thicker than water when family play a key element in these encouraging stories of solace and survival.

    In This Program: BABY BROTHER, THE GIRL AND THE PICTURE, HOMELESS: THE SOUNDTRACK, LONESOME WILLCOX, MAMA

    BLOODLINES & LIFELINES

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 22, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets

    BLOODLINES & LIFELINES

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 24, 2018 2:30 pm Buy Tickets


  18. BLOWIN’ UP

    Stephanie Wang-Breal / US Films / USA / 2017 / 97 mins
    Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the the way women arrested and prosecuted for prostitution.
    BLOWIN’ UP

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 22, 2018 10:00 am Buy Tickets


  19. SHORTS: Borders & Boundaries

    Shorts Programs / 98 mins mins
    Breaking barriers and tearing down walls before international or interpersonal conflicts create the perfect storm.

    In This Program: EARTHRISE, ERASING THE BORDER, FERRYMAN AT THE WALL, MINING PHOSPHORUS, THE LAST STORM

    BORDERS & BOUNDARIES

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 24, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets

    BORDERS & BOUNDARIES

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 26, 2018 9:30 am Buy Tickets


  20. A BUTCHER’S HEART

    Marijn Frank / Short Films / Netherlands / 2017 / 15 mins
    Thirteen-year-old Wessel is learning the tricks of the butcher trade from his patient grandfather, who assumes that his grandson will take over the family business.

    Precedes: CHEF FLYNN

    Precedes:
    CHEF FLYNN

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 21, 2018 9:30 am Buy Tickets