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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Free Events


    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


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

  2. KEVIN

    Mark Thiedeman / Free Events / USA / 2017 / 74 mins
    Fresh Docs Works-in-Progress Screening: After struggling with numerous health conditions and homelessness, a young skateboarder chooses to live life on his own terms, becoming a source of inspiration for the friends and family around him.

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 23, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets

  3. Live Storytelling Event

    Free Events, Panels and Workshops / Panel
    HSDFF PRESENTS “LIVE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP” (FREE) "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou
    Storytelling Workshop Final Presentation

    October 26, 2018 4:00 pm Open the Public


    Juliane Dressner, Edwin Martinez / Free Events, US Films / USA / 2018 / 87 mins
    Three Brooklyn high school seniors pull double duty as they attempt to get themselves — and their peers — into college.

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 23, 2018 9:00 am Buy Tickets


    Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster / Free Events, US Films / Brazil, Germany, USA / 2018 / 90 mins
    Nine high school students from around the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair.

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 25, 2018 9:00 am Buy Tickets


    Virtual Reality, Free Events, Panels and Workshops / Panel / 7 mins mins
    VIRTUAL REALITY 11:00AM-5:00PM The HSDFF Virtual Reality Lounge creates a cutting edge viewing experience where our audience members can explore new frontiers of the digital space by viewing documentary films in 360 video. Participants will be able to fully immerse themselves in these short documentaries which offer a 3-dimensional world. The viewer can watch the films in any direction, allowing the participant to feel as if they are in the film. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience 360 films, documentaries and interactive experiences and watch the latest Visit Hot Springs 360 videos highlighting our area.

    The Arlington, Cinema 1
    October 27, 2018 11:00 am Free in LIVING ROOM

  7. Virtual Reality Workshop (Free)

    Virtual Reality, Free Events, Panels and Workshops
    In this workshop you will: •Learn the fundamentals of immersive content and what type of content is best for 360 viewing. •Understand the different tools and software available to you to begin producing VR content. •Work hands-on with a range of VR cameras and learn the technical elements behind successful VR (frame rates, camera movement, avoiding motion sickness). •Learn to shoot VR video and stitch it together using Adobe Premiere & After Effects, Mettle Skybox Plugin, Kolor Autopano Video Pro & Giga, and YouTube Metadata Injector to create the first VR project. ABOUT Freelance Society is a content studio and virtual reality company created to source, gather, package and deliver immersive content that reaches the world. FS exists to identify, gather, immerse and conjure emotion through the power of VR. Propelling the medium forward through empathy and excellence, we are committed to utilizing the very best in new technology to educate ourselves and each other about the world we live in. Dylan Roberts is from Austin Texas and first learned film making at Austin Film Society. He graduated from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) in 2012, having majored in broadcast journalism. At the age of 18, Dylan began traveling internationally as a journalist, filmmaker and VR producer. Through media, Dylan has been able to travel all over the world to countries including Iraq, Lebanon, Cuba, Uganda, Gaza, Somalia and more, creating content for VICE Media, The Economist, Vocativ, New York Times, Ryot, Seeker and more. Dylan is also part of Google’s VR Journalism Group and hosts the first VR Program for Tulsa Overground. Dylan was Co-Producer for the Sun Ladies VR film which was selected by Sundance Film Festival and SXSW in 2018. FS - Co Founder & CEO
    VR Workshop (Free)

    October 27, 2018 2:00 pm Free Workshop

    VR Workshop (Free)

    October 27, 2018 2:00 pm Free


    Don Hardy Jr. , Dana Nachman / Free Events, US Films / USA / 2018 / 81 mins
    This adorable documentary follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career.

    The Arlington, Cinema 2
    October 27, 2018 9:30 am Buy Tickets

  9. Wheels on Reels: Skate Party

    Free Events, 2018 HSDFF Parties / Party
    When was the last time you skated laps on a floor as vast or smooth as this one? Travel back in time to an era of simple, high-energy fun complete with roller skate rentals, a video arcade, and of course…concessions! Skater Phelicia Wright from UNITED SKATES will be on hand.
    Wheels on Reels: Skate Party

    October 26, 2018 9:30 pm Passholders and Ticket Holders Only