HSDFF Day 2 Schedule Highlights
After a great opening night, who is ready for our first full day of docs?! Check out some of the HSDFF DAY 2 highlights below and click here to see today's full schedule!
Saturday, October 10 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The First Boys of Spring (Arkansas)
D: Larry Foley | USA | 60 min | World Premiere
Beginning in 1886, baseball spring training was held for the first time, not in Florida or Arizona, but in the Arkansas resort town of Hot Springs, and that’s where the annual rite caught on. For parts of eight decades, many of the best who ever played the game, came to Hot Springs to shake off the rust from winters of sedentary indulgence to prepare for long seasons ahead, with such teams as the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Pirates—and the Negro League’s Monarchs, Crawfords and Grays. Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, the film regales stories of baseball Hall of Famers who worked out, gambled and partied in Hot Springs, including a young Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Satchel Paige, Honus Wagner and baseball’s first superstar, Mike “King” Kelly.
Screening is presented by Visit Hot Springs and held at Horner Hall, Hot Springs Convention Center
Attending: director Larry Foley, special guest Lou Brock, multiple cast members
Saturday, October 10 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
FAMILY FRIENDLY SHORT FILM BLOCK
- Go Sebastien Go! (Sebastien De La Cruz in attendance)
D: Eva Longoria | USA | 16 min
Sebastien De La Cruz, a young finalist on America's Got Talent finalist, faced racist criticism after performing the national anthem in a mariachi outfit at the 2013 NBA Finals.
- Driving on Air
D: Katherine Wells | USA | 4 min
A young Romanian inventor builds an eco-friendly car made out of half a million LEGO pieces that runs on compressed air.
- How to Catch a Tiger
D: Michael Booth | USA | 10 min
With time running out, two filmmakers scramble to learn how to use an ultra high-speed camera and get to Far East Russia in time to catch a rare Siberian tiger the moment it's released back to the wild.
- Mo’s Bows
D: Jennifer Treuting, Kristen McGregor | USA | 6 min
Most sixth-graders count their accomplishments in terms of trophies and medals, but Moziah Bridges tracks his achievements by the number of bow ties he has sold to local Memphis vendors.
Saturday, October 10 • 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Ghost Town To Havana
D: Eugene Corr | USA | 86 min | Regional Premiere
A life rampant, street level story of mentorship and everyday heroism in tough circumstances. An inner city coach's son, estranged in his youth from his father, spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches, Roscoe in Oakland and Nicolas in Havana. The coaches meet on videotape and two years of red tape later, Coach Roscoe and nine Oakland players travel to Havana to play Coach Nicolas' team. For one week, the players and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue and play baseball. Real friendships form. But when the parent of an Oakland player is murdered back home, it brings back the inescapable reality of life in an American inner city.
Official Selection Hollywood Film Festival
Production manager/ production coordinator Olga de Los Angeles Lopez Rodriguez was on the project from the beginning, and also conducted and coordinated Spanish language interviews in Havana.
Attending: associate producer Liza Corr, subject Coach Roscoe Bryant
Saturday, October 10 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Tess Harper: Life, Hollywood and Home Truths
Mammoth Spring, Arkansas native Tess Harper most definitely has a story to tell. The Oscar-nominated actress will be interviewed in front of a live audience on opening weekend to discuss her 30-year career in film and television, then answer questions from the audience.
Saturday, October 10 • 4:20pm - 6:15pm
Romeo is Bleeding
D: Jason Zeldes | USA | 93 min | Regional Premiere
A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA.
Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting genuine dialogue about violence in the city. Spoken-word poetry and Shakespeare create powerful synergy.
Winner Audience Award San Francisco International FF, Winner Audience Award and Special Jury Prize Berkshire International FF, Winner Grand Jury Prize Rooftop Films,
Winner Golden Space Needle Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Seattle International FF
Attending: director Jason Zeldes
Saturday, October 10 • 6:30pm - 8:20pm
Harry and Snowman
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
Attending: Director Ron Davis, subjects Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer
Saturday, October 10 • 8:30pm - 10:30pm
The Hunting of the President: Redux
D: Harry Thomason, Nichlas Perry | USA | 101 min | World Premiere
We currently live in one of the most tumultuous political climates of the nation’s history, a climate where politicians can be toppled on a whim. Using new interviews, and shocking revelations from both sides of the political spectrum, Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry’s 2015 update of their original 2004 documentary based on the best-selling book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason offers a glimpse at the genesis of extreme partisan vendettas. It explores the myths and truths behind the twenty year campaign to destroy the Clinton legacy, with the footage from the original version seeming more relevant today than a decade ago. The Hunting of the President Redux offers a gallery of defeated politicians, disappointed office seekers, extremist pamphleteers, wealthy eccentrics, zany private detectives, religious fanatics and die-hard segregationists, all chiming in discord. An alarming treatise on the political power of the media and personal interests.
Attending: director Harry Thomason, subject Susan McDougal
Saturday, October 10 • 9:00pm - 12:30am
Spa City Mobster Party @ Gangster Museum of America
Transport yourself back in time to circa 1930 when mineral water, gambling, bootlegging, and more extreme pleasures brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Try your luck at blackjack, craps, and roulette alongside filmmakers and special guests
All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.
Thank you to Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Presenting Sponsor Deltic Timber Corporation!