Weekend To-Do: Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival | Rock Candy

Weekend To-Do: Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival



10 a.m., Malco Theatre. $5-$150.

You've only got four more days to gorge yourself on documentaries in Hot Springs, but that's more than enough time. Here are a handful of flicks and events that deserve special attention: On Thursday, the Golden Rock Award winner from this year's Little Rock Film Festival “The Way We Get By” (10:05 a.m.) tells the story of senior citizens greeting returning soldiers at airports. Later, you've got a tough choice. Decorated Texas troubadour Michelle Shocked makes a rare stop at Maxine's (9 p.m., $10), just before “tallhotblond” (9:10 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. on Sunday) screens; the film is a true crime story about an Internet love triangle. Friday, Hot Springs musician and artist Chuck Dodson's doc on acclaimed Little Rock born jazz pianist Walter Norris premieres; it's called, simply, “Walter Norris” (2:25 p.m.). Later, Dodson premieres another music doc, made with Peter Carlson. “Bobby Rush: Standing the Test of Time” (6:25 p.m.) follows the legendary bluesman as he travels to China. After the film, Rush shares the bill at Maxine's with legendary Pine Bluff bluesman CeDell Davis (7 p.m., $20), who rarely performs these days; Brian Martin opens. “Food Inc.” (7:25 p.m. and 12:50 p.m., Saturday), a polemic aimed at the corporate food culture, might be the big draw of the festival, particularly with filmmaker Robert Kenner in attendance. Cult film fans will be all over “Best Worst Movie” (9:25 p.m.), an examination of the revered cinematic failure “Troll 2,” which screens at midnight at Low Key Arts. Saturday, “Ghost Bird” (4:35 p.m.) delves into the mystery surrounding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Famed street artist Ron English (6:15 p.m.) screens “Abraham Obama” (6:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday), his film about traveling across the country with an image of Lincoln and Obama merged. Fans of “Dancing Outlaw” will want to catch “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” (7:35 p.m.), a further look at Jesco White and his unhinged brood. Sunday offers more counterculture. “Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry” (4:35 p.m.) digs deep into the origins of American tattooing, and “Skatopia” (6:30 p.m.) tells the story of an anarchist/utopian (depending on your perspective) skate commune in Ohio.

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