Hot Springs' Silver Screen Festival Celebrates Silver Anniversary - Arkansas Times

Hot Springs' Silver Screen Festival Celebrates Silver Anniversary  - Arkansas Times

America is still a fairly young country in the grand scheme of things — young enough, anyway, that we tend to put a velvet rope and a "Do Not Touch" sign in front of anything more than 100 years old. Given that, an annual event making it to a quarter-century of existence is nothing to sneeze at.

That's especially true of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary at this year's event, Oct. 7-16 at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa. Although the festival seemed to be circling the drain a few years back — rescued by the 2013 sale of the historic Malco Theatre, which freed the festival from an anchor of debt — it seems to be stronger than ever these days, bringing in filmmakers from all over the world to screen 60 feature-length docs.

Beau Bridges, Louis Gossett, Jr. To Co-Chair Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Beau Bridges, Louis Gossett, Jr. To Co-Chair Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning actor Beau Bridges will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, running October 7-16 at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa. Both men will attend the opening-night festivities on October 7, as they join an impressive list of celebrities, filmmakers and industry guests converging on Arkansas to celebrate HSDFF’s historic anniversary.

Arkansas Titan II Missile Explosion Doc To Open 2016 HSDFF; Full Feature Lineup Online

Arkansas Titan II Missile Explosion Doc To Open 2016 HSDFF; Full Feature Lineup Online

The critically acclaimed documentary Command and Control, chronicling nine white-knuckle hours following the 1980 missile explosion at a Titan II Launch Complex near Damascus, Arkansas, will be the opening night feature at the 2016 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The film’s Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) will attend, as well as best-selling author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Command and Control), along with producer Melissa Robledo and PBS American Experience Producer Mark Samels.  Featured subjects Greg Devlin, a survivor of the explosion, and Skip Rutherford, current Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School (UACS) of Public Service, will join the Q & A following the screening, along with others who were present that day in Damascus.