#HSDFF25 - Hollywood Icon Ed Asner to Headline Closing Night of 2016 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Hollywood Icon Ed Asner to Headline Closing Night of 2016 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

(Hot Springs, AR) – Ed Asner, who has won more Emmys than any other male actor, will attend the 2016 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival to discuss his life, career, charity work and activism as the subject of the documentary My Friend Ed. Asner is best known for portraying Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Lou Grant, as well as beloved film roles in Up and Elf. Asner’s Lou Grant co-star, Robert Walden, will also attend the festival and facilitate a Q&A with Asner and filmmaker Sharon Bakerafter the screening on October 15th.

Following the screening and Q&A will be the festival's closing-night party at Mountain Valley Spring Water’s historic headquarters sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics.

My Friend Ed examines Asner’s tireless work for dozens of causes he cares deeply about. Asner says that work is just as important to him as acting. The film includes testimonials from Betty White, Paul Rudd, Elliott Gould and many more. Trailer video is available here. CAUTION: Trailer contains some audio unsuitable for broadcast.

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of HSDFF, running October 7-16, will include over 100 of the most compelling films of the current festival circuit and past-festival traditions. Parties throughout the 10 days will showcase historic Hot Springs’ Central Avenue, its restaurants and venues. Stay tuned for more announcements of screenings, special events and celebrity guests in the weeks to come.

This year's festival, to be hosted by the Arlington Hotel and Spa, will again feature the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-sponsored Women Behind the Lens series, featuring the work of diverse female documentarians. Presenting Sponsor Deltic Timber will showcase a series of environmental films. The hugely popular Spa City Sports Series and the AARP Films for Grownups series will return, as will HSDFF Family Day, and numerous opportunities for students throughout the festival.

For more information on the festival or to purchase passes and tickets, visit www.hsdfi.org.