#HSDFF25 Day 7 Highlights

We are gearing up for a big Closing Weekend but first we have lots of shorts to start of Day 7.  You have 5 incredible short film blocks to choose from today. Today we also offer a opportunity to see a few docs if you missed them the first time around along with an Arkansas Premiere and a North American Premiere. 

Here are a few highlights for Day 7. Click here for the full HSDFF schedule.

SHORTS

Short films that screen at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival often show up as a Best Short Film nominee on Oscar night.  And remember, the winner of the Spa Center Best Short Documentary Award becomes an Oscar qualifying  film.   So don't miss your chance to say on Oscar night, "I saw that at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival!".

 

10 AM - INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE: STORIES OF HARMONY AND DISCORD

4 Short Films - 103 minutes

12 PM - YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN PART 1: STORIES OF IMMIGRATION AND REFUFE

6 Short Films - 98 Minutes

12:15 PM - ALL CREATURES BIG AND SMALL: STORIES OF COMPASSION AND COMPANIONSHIP

6 Short Film - 97 Minutes

2 PM - YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN PART 1: STORIES OF GENTRIFICATION AND DISPLACEMENT

4 Short Films - 95 minutes

2 PM - HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS: STORIES OF HOME-GROWN ARTISTRY

4 Short Films - 103 minutes

 

FEATURES

10:00 AM - NALEDI: A BABY ELEPHANT'S TALE

*Part of the Being Human category

D: Ben Bowie and Geoffrey Luck | USA/Botswana | 90 min | In English | SOUTHEAST REGIONAL PREMIERE

Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale is the incredible, true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana. When Naledi is suddenly orphaned at six weeks of age, it's up to the men who look after her herd to save her and set the direction of her life.  Much more than a nature documentary, the tale of Naledi (which means “star” in Setswana), born on an brilliant starry summer night in 2013, is the fascinating coming of age of an African elephant and the deep bonds that unite humans and animals.

Preceded by short documentary Forgiveness. 

4:00 PM - THE CAGED BIRD: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF FLORENCE B. PRICE

*Part of the AARP Movies For Grownups category

D: James Greeson | USA | 58 min | Arkansas Festival Premiere

In 1933,  Arkansas native Florence Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony played her Symphony in E minor at the Chicago World's Fair. Throughout her life, Price interacted with many important African-American leaders, including W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Kathryn Dunham, and particularly singer Marian Anderson. This film tells the inspirational story of this gifted woman who triumphed over prejudice and preconceptions.

Filmmaker in attendance

6:00 PM - LE MOULIN

*Part of Doc/Fiction category

D: Huang Ya-li | Taiwan | 160 min | In Taiwanese with English subtitles | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Huang Ya-li’s Le Moulin is a trippy time warp of avant-garde filmmaking, in which the style of this Taiwanese director thrillingly mirrors his surrealist subject. The doc’s title refers to “Le Moulin,” a group of Western-leaning poets in 1930s Taiwan that banded together in artistic protest against Japan’s cultural hegemony. From faceless bodies cast in shadow, to grainy historical footage, to the artists’ calligraphy-rendered letters, to images of Picasso's, Huang bombards us with eye-catching visuals that also serve as a tribute to the classic (Western) experimental filmmakers, from Buñuel to Deren. Indeed, every cut of this tour de force leads to a delightful cinephile surprise. COURTESY OF ABLAZE IMAGE LTD. -- LW

7:30 PM - SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY

*Part of Deltic Timber Corporation Environmental Stories category

D: Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel | USA | 94 min | English and Hindi, Spanish with English Subtitles | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. Over the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

9:10 PM - THE FOUNDERS

*Part of Riser Sports Series category

D: Charlene Fisk and Carrie Schrader | USA | 85 min

They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed to call the shots. But in 1950, 13 amateur women golfers battled society, finances and sometimes even each other to stake their claim on becoming professional sportswomen by creating the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Long overdue, The Founders finally recognizes the unseen efforts, identifying these golfers as true icons of sport and equality. Not just a film for those who frequent the golf course, but for anyone who believes in the transformative power of defying the odds.

PARTIES

4:00 PM - HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE DOWNTOWN HAPPY HOUR

Hot Springs Village celebrates HSDFF’s 25th year by inviting filmmakers and festival supporters to mingle in their newly opened downtown Village Discovery Center next door to the Arlington. Emerging artist Sarah Hastings will perform. Wine, beer, and light appetizers. 

Sponsored by Hot Springs Village

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors

6:00 PM TRADITIONAL CAROLYN TAYLOR FILMMAKER PARTY

For more years than we can count, Hot Springs festival supporter Carolyn Taylor has been welcoming visiting filmmakers and special festival guests to her VIP Filmmaker event. Drinks and food provided by some of the best venues Hot Springs has to offer. Mark Ayers will be at the piano. Join us at the Vintage Emporium for this extraordinary event. 

Sponsored by The Vintage Emporium

Wine provided by The Wine Rack

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors

8:00 PM - TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA COURTYARD CELEBRATION

Join us across the street from the Vintage Emporium in the French Quarter inspired courtyard of Suzanne Tucker's Historic District Antiques. DJ Poebot, voted Arkansas Times's and Sync Magazine's Best DJ of 2015, will be spinning Motown, hip hop, and electronic music late into the night. Open bar.

Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors


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