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28th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Oct 18-26th, 2019

The Longest Running All-Documentary Film Festival in North America

 

Join us for a special GALA SCREENING

Friday, April 19th 7:00pm

at the Historic Malco Theater

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The story begins as a documentary about The Amazing Johnathan- a peculiar prop comedian who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s—but becomes a bizarre story about the unraveling of the documentary project.

After Johnathan is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act. Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and filmmaker Ben Berman captures the illusionist on an epic comeback tour.

As their mutual journey kicks off, Johnathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty. Embracing this unforeseen obstacle, Ben delves deeper to determine what is truth and what is illusion.

Built into the heart of this quick-witted and highly meta story is an indelible commentary on the process and ethics of making a documentary today. Issues of negotiation and access become the central threads that reveal, and further cloud, our understanding of this elusive protagonist. This debut feature is a wild ride that careens off the rails in highly entertaining and unexpected ways. *Synopsis Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Friday, April 19th 7:00-9:00pm
The Historic Malco Theatre

817 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

Tickets $20 *Includes Gala toast, screening + Q&A and reception at Superior Bathhouse following the film.

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One-Day-Only!

All Access Pass Sale

April 19th, 12:00am - 11:59 pm

In honor of our Spring Gala Event, we are are offering a one-day-only HSDFF Pass Sale! Enjoy a savings of $100 when you buy your All-Access Pass on April 19th. Be sure to come to our spring screening of Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary, April 19th at 7:00pm at the Historic Malco Theater in downtown Hot Springs, AR.

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One-Day-Only!

Film Buff Pass Sale

April 19th, 12:00am - 11:59pm

In honor of our Spring Gala Event, we are are offering a one-day-only HSDFF Pass Sale! Enjoy a savings of $75 when you buy your Film Buff Pass on April 19th. Be sure to come to our spring screening of Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary, April 19th at 7:00pm at the Historic Malco Theater in downtown Hot Springs, AR.

HSDFF news!

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We are open for submissions!

Regular Deadline April 19th

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HSDFF Announces

Annual

2019 Filmmaker Retreat

Application Deadline, May 31st


THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

Take a look back at some of the highlights from HSDFF 2018

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ABOUT HSDFF

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival offers an extraordinary mix of documentary features and shorts, both domestic and international, as well as exclusive film panels, tributes to industry greats, and local access to a host of celebrity guests and visiting professionals. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is one of only 38 festivals worldwide that has been designated an Oscar-qualifier in the category of Documentary Short Subject by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

Support

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is fueled entirely by the support of a thriving community of filmgoers and film lovers and we hope that you will consider supporting the 28th annual Festival either through a sponsorship or by joining our team of dedicated volunteers!

 
 
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SponsorSHIP

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Volunteer