HSDFF PARTIES AND AFTER EVENTS


Friday, Oct. 7

Sponsor, Donor and Special Guest Kickoff Cocktail Party


Sponsored by AY Magazine & Arkansas Money and Politics


Viña Morita La Terraza
(4:00 to 6:00 PM)

Welcome our HSDFF donors and special guests to Viña Morita La Terraza, one of Hot Springs’s most renowned downtown restaurants. Jacob Flores will be performing a unique blend of Latin American, Southern Soul, and R&B music. Open to festival sponsors/donors by invitation only. Greet our opening weekend special guests, and launch the 25th Anniversary Celebration in style! Call (501) 538-0452 for more information. Wine, beer, and light appetizers.


Opening Night Screening Event


Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
(6:00 to 9:00 PM)

6:00 PM - Traditional Popcorn & Champagne Toast on Mezzanine Level of the Arlington Hotel

6:30 PM - Doors open

7:00 PM - Welcome by Honorary Co-Chairs Beau Bridges and Louis Gossett, Jr.

Opening Night screening of COMMAND AND CONTROL followed by Q&A with the film’s Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®-winning director/producer Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.), best-selling author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Command and Control), along with producer Melissa Robledo and PBS American Experience Producer Mark Samels.  Featured subjects Greg Devlin, a survivor of the explosion, Skip Rutherford, current Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service (UACS), and Sam Hutto, a dairy farmer who was near the site, will join the Q&A following the screening, along with others who were present the day of the explosion in September 1980 in Damascus, Arkansas.

At the close of the Q&A, Robert Kenner will be presented with the HSDFF Career Achievement Award 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE SEATING, ALL-ACCESS PASSHOLDERS MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT EVENTS by no later than Friday, September 30 for Opening Night and Saturday, October 8 for Closing Night. Tickets will be for sale at the door only as available. To reserve, please email reservations@hsdfi.org by the deadlines.


25th Anniversary silver Jubilee

Sponsored by the Arkansas Times

Mountain Valley Spring Visitor Center

(9:00 PM to 12:00 AM)

The Arkansas Times and Mountain Valley Spring Water welcome filmmakers, special guests and festival-goers with the utmost in Southern hospitality. This historic downtown centerpiece will host a night of legendary food and music. McClard’s B-B-Q, known for its world famous ribs (a declared favorite of President Bill Clinton), will provide a sumptuous spread, and acclaimed brass band TwiceSax will perform a mix of originals and classic covers creating a mesmerizing sound that listeners have called “music that gets into your bones and makes you move.” Also performing are local favorites Fun City Chorus. Open bar.

Open to All-Access Passholders, Filmmakers, Sponsors, and Opening Night Ticket holders


Saturday, Oct. 8

Spa City Mobster Party

The Gangster Museum of America

(9:00 PM to 12:00 AM)

Transport yourself back in time to circa 1930 when mineral water, gambling, and bootlegging brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs. Try your luck at blackjack, craps and roulette alongside filmmakers and noted special guests. Gangster theme costumes are encouraged! Open bar and light appetizers. Sponsored by The Gangster Museum of America.

Open to All-Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors. Limited Special Event Tickets available for purchase. 


Sunday, Oct. 9

Located along historic Park Avenue, DeLuca’s Pizzeria is fast becoming an area-wide destination for foodies. Each pie is handcrafted by owner Anthony Valinoti with locally supplied ingredients. Experience this authentic New York style pizza for yourself alongside filmmakers and friends, and discover for yourself why the name Deluca’s is now on everyone’s lips. Open bar. Sponsored by Deluca’s Pizzeria Napoletana.

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors

Pizza Extravaganza

Deluca’s Pizzeria Napoletana

(9:00 to 11:00 PM)


Monday, Oct. 10

Located on Historic Bathhouse Row, the Superior Bathhouse is home to the nation’s only brewery headquartered inside a National Park. Owner and head brewer, Rose Schweikhart, will treat filmmakers and festival guests to a signature keg of Silver Anniversary Stout, brewed with local thermal spring water as an essential ingredient. Superior’s chef will provide food grown by local farmers and produced by area artisans. DJ Courier Coleman will be spinning vinyl. Not to be missed! Sponsored by Superior Bathhouse Brewery.

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors

Bathtub Brew Party

Superior Bathhouse Brewery

(8:30 to 11:00 PM)


Tuesday, Oct. 11

Silver Anniversary Cocktails

Sponsored by CHI St. Vincent

Artist Longhua Xu’s International Art Gallery

(4:00 to 6:00 PM)

HSDFF honors all staff, board members, sponsors, and donors from the festival’s twenty-five year history. Happy 25th Birthday, HSDFF! Open bar and light appetizers.

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors


Mountainside After Party

Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante Patio

(8:30 to 10:30 PM)

A patio carved into the Ouachita Mountains is the perfect spot to celebrate our festival’s 25th year. Sample foods of Latin America in a setting of southern hospitality. Visit with filmmakers and friends under lighted trees while Adam Faucett, known for his powerful, almost operatic voice and intricate finger picking performs on the patio. Sponsored by Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante.

Wine, spirits and appetizers available to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors. Cash bar margaritas. Cash bar and concert available to the public. 


Wednesday, Oct. 12

Thermal Waters Party

Quapaw Baths & Spa

Quapaw Bathhouse

(8:30 to 11:00 PM)

Wander down Central Avenue to the acclaimed, historical thermal water Quapaw Bathhouse. A “water bar” will be set up in the south wing of the Quapaw to sample mineral water from local natural springs, along with complimentary beer, wine and finger food. World-renowned guitarist Jason Truby will entertain. Sponsored by Quapaw Baths & Spa.

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors


Thursday, Oct. 13

Hot Springs Village Downtown Happy Hour

Sponsored by Hot Springs Village

Hot Springs Village Discovery Center

(4:00 to 6:00 PM)

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.  

Open to All Access Passholders, Filmmakers, & Sponsors


Traditional Carolyn Taylor Filmmaker Party

The Vintage Emporium

(6:00 to 8:00 PM)

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


Friday, Oct. 14

Rocky Horror Happy Hour

The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa Lobby Bar

(8:30 to 10:30 PM)

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. All Access Passholders and Rocky Horror VIP Experience Ticket Holders admitted. Complimentary light appetizers. Cash bar. Sponsored by The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa.


Special Screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show

Guest: Barry Bostwick

Sponsored by Little Rock’s Club Sway

Hot Springs Central Theater

(10:00 PM to 12:30 AM)

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival presents a late night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Barry Bostwick who played the role of Brad Majors in the 1975 cult classic.  A complimentary glass of wine will be served to all VIP Experience Ticket holders and All-Access Passholders. Soft drinks and concessions available to all ticket holders for purchase at the Central Theater concessions. Venue Sponsor: Hot Springs Central Theater.


Saturday, Oct. 15

Closing Night Awards Ceremony and Screening Event

Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa

(6:30 to 8:45 PM)

6:15 PM - Doors Open

6:30 PM - Closing Night Awards Ceremony

7:00 PM - Closing Night screening of MY FRIEND ED followed by Q&A with legendary actor Ed Asner and director Sharon Baker, moderated by Asner’s Lou Grant co-star Robert Walden.

At the close of the Q&A, the film My Friend Ed, filmmaker Sharon Baker, and Asner, the film’s subject, will be presented with the Heifer International Spa City Spirit Award. Screening sponsored by Heifer International.


25th Anniversary Closing Night “Blues in the Night” Bash

After Event sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics

Mountain Valley Spring Visitor Center

(9:00 PM to 12:00 AM)

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 feastby 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! 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 reservations@hsdfi.org by the deadlines.

Open to All-Access Passholders, Filmmakers, Sponsors, and Closing Night Ticket holders


Low Key Art’s Disco After Party

Low Key Arts

(12:00 AM to 2:00 AM)

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 to all festival pass holders. $5 dollar entry fee to all non-passholders. Open Bar. Sponsored by Low Key Arts and Foul Play Cabaret.

 

Enjoy Tito’s Handmade Vodka signature cocktails at select events throughout the festival.