#HSDFF25 Day 8 Highlights

Closing weekend is here!! Tonight we have Hollywood Legend DEBBIE REYNOLDS joining HSDFF via Skype!  Todd Fisher is here!! Barry Bostwick is here!!  Special guests Lance Kramer (City of Trees) and Jehri Jones (The Joneses) are here!  Great docs and guests ALL DAY LONG.  It's going to be an amazing day. Don't miss a minute!

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

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

10 AM - THE ROCKY HORROR PHENOMENON PREVIEW

D: Andreas Zerr | 35 min | Germany | In English | Preview

It's the story of a lifetime: A script, a play, a movie, unprecedented success and fame to be part of "Rocky Horror". HSDFF presents an exclusive first look at segments from the upcoming documentary examining the everlasting impact of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Rocky Horror Phenomenon will be released in 2017.

FEATURES

11:00 AM - FOLLOWING SEAS

*Part of AARP Movies For Grownups category

D: Tyler J. Kelley and Araby Williams | USA | 94 min | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Bob Griffith sailed into Honolulu Harbor in 1960 and met fellow iconoclast Nancy Hirsch. From that moment, they were wedded to the sea. Steering their 53-foot cutter Awahnee to places no small boat had been before, they spent decades navigating the relentless pull of family and adventure. Combining recent interviews with exquisitely textured archival 16-millimeter film shot by Nancy on location in the 1960s and 1970s, from Antarctica to Polynesia, Following Seas is not only a story of world records and sailing feats, but of a family who truly lived a self-determined life and made the sacrifices their dream demanded.

Filmmakers in attendance

1:15 PM - CITY OF TREES

*Part of Deltic Timber Corporation Environmental Stories category

D: Brandon Kramer | USA | 90 min | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

During the recent Great Recession, joblessness exceeded 20 percent east of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.  City of Trees follows the highly personal stories of Charles, Michael and James, three long-term unemployed D.C. residents struggling to gain employment through “shovel ready” green projects. When stimulus dollars run out, short term idealism clashes with day-to-day survival in the struggle to find a sense of purpose and place in a recovering economy.

Producer Lance Kramer in attendance

3:15 PM - SMALL PEOPLE, BIG TREES

*Part of Deltic Timber Corporation Environmental Stories category

D: Vadim Vitovtsev | Russian Federation | 48 min | Be-bayaga with English subtitles | WORLD PREMIERE

The Republic of South Africa. Here in the shade of sub-panel rainforests lives a tribe of the shortest people on Earth – the Baka pygmies. As it was hundreds of years ago, the Baka hunt for meat and gather gifts of big trees. They pray to the spirits of the forest and teach their children to respect the forest, to take from it only what is of great need. But little by little their traditional mode is changing under the pressure of the "Big World" culture and the persistent influence of one Baka family’s rebellious teenage son.

Filmmaker in attendance

4:30 PM - HAROLD AND LILIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY

*Part of AARP Movies For Grownups category

D: Daniel Raim | USA | 94 min | SOUTHEAST REGIONAL PREMIERE

A fascinating and deeply moving account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson. Harold and Lillian were a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.” Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian themselves, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Coppola and others, this warm and engaging documentary chronicles a remarkable relationship and two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history.

Filmmaker in attendance

5:30 PM - THE JONESES

*Part of Stories Of The South category

D: Moby Longinotto | USA/UK | 80 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

Jheri Jones, is a 74-year-old transgender divorcee in Bible Belt Mississippi. Reconciled after years of estrangement, and now living with two of her four sons in their trailer park home, Jheri embarks on a new path to reveal her true self to her grandchildren, while her son Trevor begins a surprising journey of his own. Director Moby Longinotto’s incisive, fascinating portrait invites viewers to pull up a seat at the lively dinner table for an intimate, multi-generational look at the unforgettable Joneses, as they come together to deal with unresolved issues, shattered dreams, seething resentments and redefined realities.

Filmmaker and featured subject Jheri Jones in attendance

6:45 PM - BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

U.S. CENTERPIECE SCREENING

D: Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens | USA | 95 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricities, featuring Debbie Reynolds and her offspring Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher.  Frank, funny and revealing, the project began when Carrie Fisher enlisted her friend, actor and documentarian Fisher Stevens and Stevens’s wife Alexis Bloom, to chronicle the final performances of her mother’s nightclub act. What emerged was an intimate look inside a Hollywood family, enlivened by Carrie Fisher’s sharp wit and brutal honesty, and by Debbie Reynolds’s determination to fly in the face of her own mortality. Bright Lights is an unfailing look at a mother and daughter who are polar opposites but for whom love is clearly a bond, a warm salute to a remarkable pair of women and the people around them.

Special Guest: Todd Fisher in attendance and Debbie Reynolds via Skype

9:10 PM - JERRY LEWIS: THE MAN BEHIND THE CLOWN

*Part of AARP Movies For Grownups

D: Gregory Monro | France/USA | 60 min | English and French with English subtitles | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

From his early days, Jerry Lewis – in the line of Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel – had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humor. Yet Lewis was far more than just a clown. He was also a groundbreaking filmmaker whose unquenchable curiosity led him to write, produce, stage and direct many of the films he appeared in, resulting in such classics as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, and The Nutty Professor. Lewis broke boundaries with his technical innovations, unique voice and keen visual eye.  American critics and the cultural elite, however, tended to view Lewis as nothing more than a clown, while the French recognized him as a true auteur, giving rise to questions that have perplexed American pop culture for over 50 years: Why do Europeans love Jerry Lewis? Is he just a brash, anything-for-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown?

PARTY AND SPECIAL SCREENING

8:30 PM - ROCKY HORROR HAPPY HOUR AT HOTEL HOT SPRINGS

The new Hotel Hot Springs welcomes HSDFF to their cosmopolitan lobby bar for happy hour. Mingle with special guest Barry Bostwick prior to the special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Recharge on plush furniture in an elegant atmosphere. Complimentary light appetizers. Cash bar. 

All Access Passholders and Rocky Horror VIP Experience Ticket Holders admitted

Sponsored by The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa

10:00 PM - ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (SPECIAL TICKET SCREENING EVENT) IN PERSON: ACTOR BARRY BOSTWICK

D: Jim Sharman | USA | 100 min

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named Rocky. It is definitely not a documentary, but it is the return of an HSDFF tradition.

Special Guest Barry Bostwick in attendance

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