It's the last full day of the 25th Anniversary Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival! We have great docs and special guests all day long. And we cap it off with the Closing Night Awards Ceremony and ED ASNER!
10:00 AM - HIT IT HARD
*Part of Riser Sports Series category
D: Gabe Spitzer and David Terry Fine | USA | 50 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE
When University of Arkansas golfer John Daly burst onto the scene in 1991 “gripping it and ripping it” all the way to the top, he wasn’t an easy fit into the world of golf. An immense natural talent, he’s had improbable highs on golf's biggest stages and brutal lows ranging from suspensions and divorces, to rehabs and relapses. Through it all, this "rockstar of golf” has remained legendary to his loyal fans. Hit It Hard is a look back at Daly’s tumultuous career two decades after his glory days, exploring why, despite his myriad of mistakes, he’s still so universally loved. (A 30 for 30 ESPN film.)
BEATLEMANIA DOUBLE FEATURE!!
11:30 AM - GOOD OL’ FREDA
D: Ryan White | UK/USA | 86 min
The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager hired to work for a young local band with ambitions to make it big. As the fame of the Beatles multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits her insider access. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, after 50 years, Freda finally tells her tales for the first time. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers a unique perspective on the beloved band that changed music forever.
Special Guest: Freda Kelly
Sponsored by the Gooch Family : Don, Dana, Scarlett, Georgia and Corinne
1:30 PM - THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (Special Ticket Screening Event, open to All-Access Passholders at no additional charge)
D: Ron Howard | USA | 129 min | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It delves into their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, highlighting The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Contains 30 minutes of remastered footage from the Beatles’ Shea Stadium Concert, not available on non-festival cuts.
Special Guest: Freda Kelly
Sponsored by Triumph Airborne Structures
4:20 PM - COMPANY TOWN
*Part of Stories Of The South category
D: Natalie Kottke, Co-Director Erica Sardarian | USA | 90 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE
A modern tale of David and Goliath in Crossett, Arkansas, as pastor and community leader David Bouie fights to save his neighbors from the pollution of big business in a company town, as one by one, they are dying. Filmed over a period of 4 years, this investigative film gives a rare look inside one American town where the company rules, but its citizens are insisting on answers.
Filmmaker and featured subjects in attendance
4:30 PM - THE BIG FLIP: STORIES FROM THE MODERN HOME FRONT
*Part of Women Behind The Lens: Diverse Perspectives
D: Isabella Vincent Chan | USA | 65 min | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Over an 18 month period, The Big Flip follows the lives of four “flipped” families where the wife is the breadwinner while her husband takes care of home and kids. In a society where the majority of Americans still believe kids are better off with mom at home instead of at work and divorce is 40 percent more likely when the wife is the breadwinner, The Big Flip follows the quest of these flipped families to discover what it takes in these circumstances for love to endure.
Filmmaker and featured subject in attendance
6:30 PM - CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS CEREMONY
7:00 PM - MY FRIEND ED
D: Sharon Baker | USA | 56 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE
Ed Asner is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, delighting audiences of all ages, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant to Elf and Up. But he's also an all-American activist who refuses to budge on his ideals, no matter what anyone thinks. Beneath the tough skin of this crotchety 85-year-old crusader lies the heart of a true warrior for justice. My Friend Ed is a funny and poignant exploration of the notion of “hero” versus “celebrity” and the role of this artist as activist.
Filmmaker and Special Guests Ed Asner, Robert Walden in attendance
Screening Sponsored by Heifer International
Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ed Asner, Robert Walden & Sharon Baker. 25th Annual Closing Night Party immediately following. A tented event with food and open bar at the historic Mountain Valley Spring Water Headquarters. LIVE DELTA BLUES performances by multiple Grammy and Country Music Award-Winning blues artist and “ King of New Orleans Blues” Chris Thomas King with his electric blues band, and Cedell Davis, legendary “Last of the Delta Bluesmen,” backed byfather/son duo Zakk & Big Papa Binns.
Closing Night Party sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money & Politics
Event planning by Signature Events
9:00 PM - 25TH ANNIVERSARY CLOSING NIGHT “BLUES IN THE NIGHT” BASH AT MOUNTAIN VALLEY SPRING VISITOR CENTER
AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics welcome filmmakers, special guests and festival-goers to a Closing Night Celebration befitting the festival’s 25th year, in dual adjacent venues. The historic Mountain Valley Spring headquarters will offer magical ambiance, a mouthwatering feast by La Hacienda Hot Springs, and open bar. The nextdoor AY/ AMP Music Pavilion Tent will host Live Delta Blues by multiple Grammy and Country Music Award-Winning blues artist and “King of New Orleans Blues” Chris Thomas King with his electric blues band, and Cedell Davis, legendary “Last of the Delta Bluesmen,” backed by father/son duo Zakk & Big Papa Binns. Dance the night away in salute of our landmark year!
After Event Party sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics
PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE SEATING FOR CLOSING NIGHT, ALL-ACCESS PASSHOLDERS MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS no later than Saturday, October 8 for Closing Night Event. Tickets will be for sale at the door, if available. To reserve, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadlines.
Open to All-Access Passholders, Filmmakers, Sponsors, and Closing Night Ticket holders
12:00 AM LOW KEY ART’S DISCO AFTER PARTY
Still want more of the 25th Annual HSDFF? Well, don’t stop now. Dance into the morning hours as the ladies of Foul Play Cabaret skate in full Derby Girl costume. Grab a headband and spandex if you’ve got ‘em and close out the festival's 25th year. Open Bar.
Sponsored by Low Key Arts and Foul Play Cabaret
Open to all festival pass holders
$5 dollar entry fee to all non-passholders