#HSDFF Day 3 Schedule Highlights

HSDFF Day 3 Schedule Highlights

Day 3 of Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival brings your a Raiders! double feature, penguins, bullfighting, ESPNW short films series, lots of filmmakers in attendance, and so much more! Check out some of the HSDFF DAY 2 highlights below and click here to see today's full schedule!

Sunday, October 11 • 11:10am - 1:05pm

Raiders! : The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made  (Texas)

D: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen | USA | 104 min| Regional Premiere

In 1982, two 11-year-old Mississippi boys set out to remake their favorite film,Raiders of the Lost Ark, shot-for-shot, a goal that consumed seven turbulent summers, testing the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down a  house in the process. By the time the boys had reached 18,  they had completed every scene except one: the explosion of the airplane in the final scene of the original film . Thirty years later, Chris and Eric decided to realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75-foot "Flying Wing" plane in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi.  This is the surprisingly moving story behind those seven summers of their youth, going behind the scenes for the making of "the greatest fan film ever made."


Sunday, October 11 • 11:50am - 1:20pm

The Penguin Counters

D: Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon | USA | 67 min | Regional Premiere

The Penguin Counters follows a rag-tag team of field biologists on a treacherous journey to the Antarctic where they track the impact of climate change – one penguin at a time.

Winner Special Jury Award Mexico International FF, Winner Audience Choice Award Esperanza FFl (Moscow), Winner Wild Animal Award British Documentary FF, Winner Honourable Mention Blue Ocean FF (Monaco), Official Selection Santa Barbara International FF 


Sunday, October 11 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Meet Kai the Penguin

Kai is an African Penguin born at the Little Rock Zoo as part of the Zoo's African Penguin Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The African Penguin is an endangered animal found off the coasts of South Africa and Namibia that is threatened by over-fishing, oil spills, and habitat loss. Kai's birth is also a part of the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program, a cooperative program established between AZA member zoos to save the African Penguin in its wild habitat. Five penguin chicks have been born at the zoo since 2011 when the zoo opened the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Point Exhibit. Arlington Lobby  FREE EVENT

Sunday, October 11 • 1:30pm - 2:50pm

The Man Who Saved Ben Hur

D: Joe Forte | USA | 55 min| Regional Premiere

Featuring never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia from Hollywood's golden era of filmmaking,The Man Who Saved Ben-Huris an intimate look into one man's behind the scenes life with  the famous and infamous.Where relationships were formed, treasured and ultimately forgotten by the time the production ended. Through the words and images of the last living crew member of the legendary epic masterpiece Ben-Hur,the film explores the nature of our very human need to simply be remembered.

Official Selection Docutah FF

Attending: director Joe Forte


Sunday, October 11 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm

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

Attending: Director Patrick Rebisz, subject Katie Dallam


Sunday, October 11 • 3:20pm - 4:30pm

What Makes Us

ESPNW Series

Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo, a sibling director team known as the Mundo Sisters, created and directed WHAT MAKES US, a new series of short films on elite female athletes for ESPNW.

Nadine Mundo will be on hand to talk about the making of the films, working with star athletes and to answer questions from the audience.


For most of her life, Carissa Moore has been on a path to becoming the world's top female surfer. But after her first world title -- at age 18 -- she faced unexpected criticism, not of her surfing, but of her body. In Riss, Moore describes her journey to victory, and how she overcame the self-doubt and body issues that threatened her dreams.


When Olympic medalist Hilary Knight was five, she told her grandmother she was going to be in the Olympics for hockey. Her grandmother’s response was, “Girls don’t play hockey.” Knight went on to become the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey team and is considered one of the greatest female ice hockey players in the world.  In Knighter, she describes the obstacles she overcame, how the Gold Medal Game in Sochi changed the public’s view of women’s ice hockey, and her quest to help young girls feel confident to play the sport they love.


In this espnW Originals film, Spain's Verónica "Vero" Boquete talks about her struggle growing up in a country that didn't accept women's soccer and her rise to become an international sensation.


Sunday, October 11 • 5:15pm - 7:15pm

Be Here Now

D: Lilibet Foster | USA | 100 min | Regional Premiere

As though life is imitating art, actor, Andy Whitfield had just achieved his dream of becoming a star as the tragic-hero of the hit series, 'Spartacus,' when he is faced with his biggest personal challenge – life-threatening cancer. Andy and his wife Vashti commit to taking his healing into their own hands and to embracing life, rather than allowing fear to rule them. Not knowing the outcome, they allowed a camera to follow their family on their journey to find a cure. Shot in verite style in India, Australia, New Zealand and New York, and offering an intimate, insider’s view of both a love story and the couple’s fight to face their fears, go for their dreams, and make every moment count..

Winner Audience Award Los Angeles Film Festival

Attending: director Lilibet Foster


Sunday, October 11 • 6:45pm - 8:20pm


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

Attending: director Ido Mizrahy


Sunday, October 11 • 7:30pm - 9:20pm

Love Between the Covers

D: Laurie Kahn | USA | 95 min | Regional Premiere

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year -- outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike any other.Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

Official Selection Hot Docs, Los Angeles FF, Boston Independent FF

Attending: director Laurie Kahn, and New York Times Bestselling Author Eloisa James via Skype


Sunday, October 11 • 8:30pm - 10:20pm

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

D: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen  | USA | 94 min | Regional Premiere

A shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), started by three 12-year-olds and completed over a period of six years.

Special Event Screening SXSW


Sunday, October 11 • 9:00pm - 11:45pm

Deluca's Pizzeria Napoletana

Enjoy a signature pie made from locally supplied pepperoni, cappicola, soppressata, shiitake mushrooms, farm fresh onions, basil, and tomatoes. Pizza like you’ve never tasted it before! Enjoy performances by musical guests Ryan Cassata & Dana Falconberry. Cash bar.

All sponsors, donors, VIP passholders, filmmakers and special festival guests welcome.

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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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