HSDFF DAY 10 SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
It's Day 10 of 10, the final day of the 24th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival! Today we screen most of this year's award winning documentaries!
**If you missed the Special Jury Winning film, 'Something Better To Come', it screens this morning at 10 am with Director Hanna Polak in attendance for a post screening Q&A!
Check out the schedule below and click here for a complete list of winners!
We look forward to seeing you next year as we celebrate the 25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, presented by Deltic Timber!
Schedule Quick Look - film Details Below
ARLINGTON CINEMA #1
10:00 am - Best Sports Doc (tie) - Gored (74 min)
11:30 am - Best International - Democrats (100 min)
1:30 pm - Best US Doc - Shoulder the Lion (75 min)
2:45 pm - Spirit Award - Queen Mimi (75 min)
ARLINGTON CINEMA #2
10:00 am - Special Jury Prize International - Something Better To Come (94 min) - Director Hanna Polak in attendance
12:10 pm - Best Sports Doc (tie) - The Great Alone (80 min)
1:45 pm - Audience Award - Harry & Snowman (84 MIN) and Best Short Doc - The End of the World (40 mins) for a total of 124 mins
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 • 10:00AM - 11:20AM • ARLINGTON CINEMA 1
SPA CITY CLYDE SCOTT BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY AWARD (TIE)
D: Ido Mizrahy | USA/Mexico/Spain | 74 min | Regional Premiere
Antonio Barrera is the most gored bullfighter in modern history, and known to perform with total abandonment. He’s been gored twenty three times, an unusually high number that includes seventeen surgeries, countless broken bones and many scars. Now with a family to consider, a body that won’t hold up and a lack of interest from promoters, Barrera has decided to retire. Before his last bullfight, he is conflicted. After taking such a beating all his life, he dreams of staying alive for his family. Yet he still fantasizes of becoming a well known bullfighter, a dream that he and his father shared, and to do that he feels he must sacrifice himself to the bulls. Will he survive his final performance?
Official Selection Tribeca
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 • 10:00AM - 12:00PM • ARLINGTON CINEMA 2
SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION - INTERNATIONAL
Something Better to Come - DIRECTOR HANNA POLAK IN ATTENDANCE
D: Hanna Polak | USA | 98 min
10-year-old Yula is growing up in Putin's Russia in the Svalka, the largest junkyard in Europe, just 13 miles from the Kremlin. She has one dream-to escape the Svalka and have a normal life. For 14 years, we follow Yula as she grows up.
Winner Special Jury Award International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Winner Alpe Adria Cinema Best Documentary Award Trieste FF (Netherlands), Winner Viktor Award Munich International FF, Winner Grand Prix of ArtDoc DocFest Moscow, Official Selection BFI London FF
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 • 11:30AM - 1:20PM • ARLINGTON CINEMA 1
SPA CITY BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD
D: Camilla Nielsson | USA | 100 min | Regional Premiere
Two political opponents are appointed to write Zimbabwe's new constitution.It is the ultimate test that can bring an end to President Mugabe's 30 years of autocratic rule.It can go either way: towards the birth of a constitutional democracy - or renewed repression.
Winner Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca FF, Winner Best Nordic Documentary Nordisk Panorama FF, Official Selection Hot Docs, Tribeca FF,CPH:DOX, New Zealand International FF
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 • 12:10PM - 1:30PM • ARLINGTON CINEMA 2
SPA CITY CLYDE SCOTT BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY AWARD (TIE)
The Great Alone
D: Greg Kohs | USA | 80 min | Regional Premiere
The striking comeback story of Iditarod racer, Lance Mackey, against the backdrop of the great Alaskan wilderness. From his childhood with his famous father to cancer’s attempt to take him, The Great Alone pulls viewers along every mile of Lance’s emotional journey to become one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time.
Winner Grand Jury Award Seattle International FF, Official Selection Hamptons International FF
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 • 1:30PM - 2:45PM • ARLINGTON CINEMA 1
SPA CITY BEST U.S. DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Shoulder the Lion
D:Erinnisse Heuer & Patryk Rebisz | USA | 74 min | Regional Premiere
Using stories of three artists who have lost one of the fives sense, and in each case the particular sense that has defined their art, this visual essay explores the meaning of images, fragility of memories and desire for relevance in today's world. A photographer, who is blind, questions the power of images in our visually saturated culture. Forced to give up his dream of playing music due to his advancing hearing loss, a musician must reinvent his future. A painter who lost half her brain in a boxing match searches for her place in life, unsure of what her relationship should now be to the world. Each of the three artists leads us closer to the answer of this vital question: how do we keep going after we face dramatic life changes and we can no longer trust our most prominent instinct?
Winner International Critics Prize Krakow FF, Winner Top Ten Audience Award Jameson Dublin International, Best Documentary Trenton FF, Official Selection Hot Docs
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 • 1:45PM - 3:50PM • ARLINGTON CINEMA 2
SPA CITY AUDIENCE AWARD + SPA CITY BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARD
Harry and Snowman - Audience Award
D: Ron Davis | USA | 84 min | Arkansas Premiere
The remarkable life story of international show jumping legend Harry deLeyer, a Dutch immigrant whose career was launched by his famous show jumping horse Snowman. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory for only $80. Less than two years after he rescued Snowman, they rose to become the national show jumping champions and were the Cinderella story and media darlings of late 1950's and 1960's. The true heart of the film is not the remarkable rags-to-riches story of both Harry & Snowman, but the lasting and impactful relationship that is built between Harry, Snowman and the entire deLeyer family. Very few horse stories have been able to truly touch the hearts of a nation. Red Pollard & Seabiscuit did in the 1930's, Harry DeLeyer & Snowman did it in the 1950's and then Ron Turcotte & Secretariat were the last to do it in the 1970's. Harry and Snowman allows 85 year old Harry to to tell his remarkable story in his own words.
World Premiere Full Frame, Official Selection Napa Valley FF, Winner Best Documentary Nantucket FF, Winner Best of the Fest Woods Hole FF
Koniec Swiata (The End of the World) - SPA CITY BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARD
D: Monika Pawluczuk | Poland | 40 min
On the night before the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar, people in a big city call into a Polish radio show and an emergency hotline.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 • 2:45PM - 4:30PM • ARLINGTON CINEMA 1
SPA CITY BEST SPIRIT AWARD
D: Yaniv Rokah | USA | 75 min | Regional Premiere
Marie “Mimi” Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her “home” one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 89, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.
Winner Best Documentary Manhattan FF, Winner Best Director St Tropez FF, Official Selection, Official Selection Bahamas International FF
Attending: director Yaniv Rokah
HSDFF runs October 9-18, 2015 at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. For more information on the festival visit www.hsdfi.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information.
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