The 21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will close this Saturday, October 20 with an exclusive look at a work in progress featuring legendary Arkansan Glen Campbell. Films will continue through Sunday afternoon, including the encore closing night film Affair of the Heart: The Rick Springfield Documentary.
Director/producer James Keach and producer Trevor Albert will bring audiences selected scenes from their unfinished documentary on Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour, adding an insider’s look at what goes on when the cameras aren’t turning.
This combination of work-in-progress footage and Q & A will examine the singer’s courageous approach to dealing with his recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis, with tremendous support from his family and fans, while continuing his life-long love of performing.
Filmed in part in Arkansas during his recent visit, segments of the film, still in production, will screen at 7:00 p.m. in Arlington Cinema 1, with Keach and Albert giving a bird’s eye view of the documentary process as well as an intimate window into the mind and heart of this legendary Arkansan. Members of the Campbell family will also join for the panel discussion.
A closing night reception after the film will be held in the Arlington Mezzanine Lobby.
The winner of the Jerry McKinnis Outdoor Film Series will also be announced at 7:00 p.m. in Arlington Cinema 2.
The award marks the first time the festival has given an award for Best Outdoor Film, with subject matter relating to outdoor sports, recreation, adventure, animals in nature, or nature conservation. The award was selected by a jury including Arkansas Democrat-Gazette film critic Philip Martin, producer Gary Jones, filmmaker Kelly Duda and instructor James Katowich from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, as well as Jerry McKinnis himself.
The nominees for Best Outdoor Feature are Buzkashi, The Harvest, Low and Clear, The Manzanar Fishing Club, Rock The Boat and Wild Bill’s Run. The nominees for Best Outdoor Short are The Debutante Hunters, El Ultimo Heilego (The Last Ice Merchant), Fallen Gardens, The Lookout, Still and Wolf Mountian.
The world’s greatest pinup model and cult icon, Bettie Page, recounts the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America’s sexual revolution in a special encore screening of Bettie Paige Reveals All at 9:30 p.m.
The encore screening will take place at the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic, followed by a Bettie Page Burlesque Tribute Performance by Foul Play Cabaret. Seating is limited; early arrival for this event is recommended.
A Whiskey & Women Prohibition After Party will be held at The Exchange Building on Exchange Street from 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. featuring a special guest appearance by Playboy playmate, model, and reality TV star, Amber Campisi.
Amber will be joined by Jo Garcia, voted “Hottest Woman on the Web” and Playboy’s “Cyber Girl of the Year.” Amber and Jo will both be available to take photos and sign autographs. This event is open to the public. $10 per person cover charge. VIP pass holders, sponsors, and filmmakers admitted.
Ticket & Pass Information:
General admission is $5 each for film, panel, and workshop including opening and closing night films. A limited number of guaranteed admission tickets are available for both closing and opening night for $25 online at www.hsdfi.org. VIP passes are $150 per person and include access with priority admission to all films, panels, workshops, and parties and include opening and closing night films and parties. Film Buff Passes are $70 and include priority admission to all films during the festival. Day passes are $20 and include admission to all films for one day of the festival. General admission tickets are $5 each for films, panels, and workshops. Other special events are either open to the public, by invitation only, or are available at a separate charge. See www.hsdfi.org for a full list with prices. For more information and a full list of films, panels, workshops, and parties, visit www.hsdfi.org.