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 festival feature lineup now available to view online

(Hot Springs, AR) – 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. 

Command and Control offers a minute-by-minute account of the effort to stop an explosion in Central Arkansas that would have been 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima. Eyewitness accounts and new footage bring this nonfiction thriller to life.

The celebration of the HSDFF’s 25th Anniversary will include more than 100 of the year’s best documentaries, including U.S., North American and World Premieres.  

In addition to the premieres, HSDFF will spotlight critically acclaimed films from the festival circuit, including Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, Adam Nimoy’s For the Love of Spock, Maya Angelou: and Still I Rise, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey, the true tale behind the film Midnight Express.

The full feature lineup, along with links to buy passes and tickets, can be found online at

An HSDFF early tradition, a late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, will be revived, with a very special guest:  actor Barry Bostwick (“Brad”) will attend. The event is sponsored by Little Rock’s Club Sway. 

Acclaimed Actor Ed Asner will host the closing night, October 15th screening of Sharon Baker’s My Friend Ed, a film about his life, career and activism, sponsored by Heifer International.  Closing night will also feature live Delta blues from three-time Grammy and Country Music Award winner Chris Thomas King, and the last of the original Delta Bluesmen Cedell Davis, with Zak and Big Papa Binns.

Additional celebrity guests and special appearances will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

This year's festival, sponsored for the 2nd year by Deltic Timber Corporation, will again feature the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-sponsored Women Behind the Lens series, featuring the work of diverse female documentarians. Deltic Timber will showcase a series of environmental films. Also new to HSDFF will be the film series Stories of the South and Entergy-sponsored Being Human.  The Spa City Sports Series and AARP Films for Grownups will return, as will HSDFF Family Day, and numerous opportunities for students throughout the festival.