HOT SPRINGS FILM CULTURE
Long the documentary capital of the South (and maybe beyond), Hot Springs broadened its rep even further this year, thanks in large part to new Documentary Film Institute Program Director Dan Anderson
. In his first year in Spa City, the young Minnesota transplant worked with the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (another boon to Hot Springs culture) to establish a new weekend-long festival in celebration of avant-garde film and to land special showings of films like the Bjork documentary “Voltaic.” The Documentary Film Fest, as usual, featured a thrillingly diverse line-up (special props to the short “I Am a Man: From Memphis, a Lesson in Life”). But more than usual, it embraced counterculture, pulling in films on art cars, digital sampling, tattooing and anarchist skate parks. Surely a hearty share of credit for the new direction goes to Anderson.