Today's films running at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival at the Malco Theater in historic downtons Hot Springs are listed below. The festival draws to a close on Sunday.
The films new today have a description. The other films have already aired once and their descriptions are in previous posts.
Friday, October 22
A GOOD DAY TO DIE
THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART
LET YOUR FEET DO THE TALKIN’
STRANGE THINGS: CHILDREN OF HAITI
THE FREE CHINA JUNK
USA, 113 minutes, Robin Greenberg
The Free China Junk, a feature-length film that documents the experiences of five young men who risk their lives to journey beyond 1955 Taiwan, and the diplomat who befriends and records them. Rich 16mm color footage of the trans-Pacific journey is interwoven with first-person accounts from the surviving junk-mates, two of whom have passed away since filming. The Free China Junk celebrates their adventurous spirit as it challenges new generations to define their own destiny. Film maker is present.
GOODBYE, HOW ARE YOU?
Serbia, 35 minutes, Barry Avrich
In a tiny town, 33 miles north of Belgrade in war torn Serbia, a group of villagers decide that they alone must change their destiny. After 4,000 years of floods, famine and war, the people of Zitiste unite in the selection of new symbol they hope will reverse their fortune. Unanimously, they select Rocky Balboa as the one icon that will lead them to prosperity. This film was made with the full co-operation of Sylvester Stallone.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
USA, 19 minutes, Sofian Khan / Avery Thompson
Matthew Lesko is primarily known as the question mark guy, an infomercial legend. Throughout the late eighties, nineties and still keeping strong into the 21st century at the age of 67, he’s been hawking his books across three decades. With titles like Free Money for Everybody and How to Get a Grant his enthusiastic advocacy of government programs has aroused admiration and admonition alike, not to mention sales in the millions. Film maker is present.
JUST ABOUT FAMOUS
USA, 15 minutes, Jason Kovacsev / Matt Mamula
From Kenny Rogers being accosted at K-Mart for an autograph to Elvis being announced every time he enters the Home Depot leaving him to ask the ultimate question, ‘Can’t I just buy some lumber?’ Each impersonator has a story to tell. As the old adage goes, ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ Take a trip into the intriguing, enlightening, and often times surreal life of the celebrity impersonator.
SONGS FROM THE NICKEL
GROWN IN DETROIT
MISTER ROGERS & ME
USA, 59 minutes, Laura Lukitsch
Visiting barbershops, religious sanctuaries, and even men’s bathrooms, one woman journeys the globe examining the beard and its ties to tradition, status, gender, and power. Along the way she learns that facial hair has many meanings, it is more than a decoration, it is a window into an individual’s identity. World premiere, film maker is present.
IT CAME FROM KUCHAR
USA, 90 minutes, Etienne Sauret
Dr. Shulgin is the scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy. Considered to be one of the greatest chemists of the twentieth century, Sasha’s vast array of discoveries have had a profound impact in the field of psychedelic research. Dirty Pictures examines the impact of Dr. Shulgin’s lifelong quest to unlock the complexities of the human mind. Film maker is present.
HAACK: THE KING OF TECHNO
USA, 70 minutes, Phillip Anagos
A look into the underground world of Bruce Haack, a genius whose past work continues to garner recognition with time. In addition, various musicians of many genres have joined in today showing worldwide support, thus contributing to Bruce’s objective, "Sure it’s nice to be famous, but I’m more interested in obtaining a telepathic following." Haack’s homemade experimental electronics influenced artists such as Beck, The Eels, Mouse on Mars, and others. Film maker is present.