Hot Springs Doc Fest To Close With Japanese Country Western Legend

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Hot Springs Doc Fest To Close With Japanese Country Western Legend Second weekend also anchored by ESPN World Premiere film, 4-time Iditarod champion

(Hot Springs, AR)  – Closing Night of the 2015 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, presented by Deltic Timber, will showcase SXSW audience award-winner Made in Japan. The film stars Japan’s First Lady of Country Music, Tomi Fujiyama, who has had a prolific country-music career on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Fujiyama will attend the festival and perform at the festival’s celebration party on October 17.

The 24th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival runs October 9-18, 2015.

Made in Japan tells the story of Tomi Fujiyama, who first gained American notice in the mid-1960’s when she performed after Johnny Cash at the Grand Ol’ Opry, gaining the night’s only standing ovation. The film follows Fujiyama’s dynamic career and her recent return to the Grand Ole Opry. The screening event is sponsored in part by the Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation and the Japan Foundation New York. Fujiyama will perform at the closing night after-party hosted by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics, and catered by Hot Springs’ Central Park Fusion.

The Great Alone, filmed in the expansive arctic region of Alaska, presents the story of champion dogsled racer Lance Mackey. From Mackey’s boyhood with his famous father to a battle with cancer, the film pulls viewers along for every mile of Lance's emotional comeback attempt to become one of the greatest sled racers of all time. Mackey will attend the HSDFF screening, accompanied by his lead husky, Amp. 

ESPN Films, known for its top sports films and the documentary series 30 for 30, has selected HSDFF to host the world premiere of feature documentary The Prince of Pennsylvania, telling the story of chemical-company heir John du Pont and the events that led to the murder of Olympic Athlete Dave Shultz. Prince of Pennsylvania reveals the real-life story of the man portrayed by Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the oldest nonfiction festival in North America, and is also an Academy®-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Recipients of the festival’s Spa City Best Documentary Short Award will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy® rules. MovieMaker Magazine has named HSDFF to its global list of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

More films in the unique line up, as well as other special guests, will be announced over the coming weeks.

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