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Documentary Film Festival finale.

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CLOWNING AROUND: Zoppe helps with show.
  • CLOWNING AROUND: Zoppe helps with show.
A full-day of films and discussion devoted to cinema verite and its creators and the annual gala highlight the second weekend of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival through Sunday, Oct. 31. This year’s gala features a new look and new location: The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute will play host to a fully staged theatrical event titled “Cirque du Film” at Horner Hall in the Hot Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event honors the festival’s filmmakers and the genre, according to Melanie Masino, the festival executive director. “Cirque du Film,” which was written, scored and directed especially for the festival, has a cast of more than 30 performers who will be decked out in outrageous costumes performing outlandish acts, representing a diversity of performance art. Giovanni Zoppe of the Greenbrier-based Zoppe circus family and a sixth-generation circus performer, heads the cast. The final weekend at the Malco Theater on Central Avenue also features the world premiere of the festival’s closing film, “City of Visitors: The Story of Hot Springs, Arkansas,” by Dale Carpenter, at 4:10 Sunday, Oct. 31. During the final four days, the Festival will debut 10 documentaries and screen 53 others that had their first showing this past week. Cinema Verite, meaning “real life film” and the filmmaking art in which the viewer feels like he or she is placed in the action, is the festival’s program on Friday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and features acclaimed filmmakers St. Clair Bourne, Nell Cox, William Jersey, Albert Maysles and Robert Richter. The filmmakers — in a program dubbed “The Creators” — will be on hand with their own films or works by others who inspired them and will explain how the movement started and the differences within the genre. And, in honor of Halloween, the festival will screen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on the Malco’s two screens, at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Individual documentary ticket prices are $5, a single-day pass to all films is $15, and a three-day pass is $40. Advance tickets are required for “Rocky Horror.” Tickets for Saturday’s gala are $150 each. Call 501-321-4747. Documentary Film Festival Synopses for films opening Oct. 28-31 City of Visitors: The Story of Hot Springs, Arkansas — Dale Carpenter shows the people who arrived believing Hot Springs water could heal them and stayed to build a town that became known not only as a health resort, but also for gambling and other illegal activities. (80 minutes.) Oct. 31, 4:10 p.m. From Nanook to the Digital Age — Excerpts of films made by Richard Leacock or that influenced him, with special emphasis on working with Robert Flaherty, Bob Drew and Valerie Lalonde. (100 minutes.) Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. HHH: What Manner of Man Safer Together — Robert Richter explores Hubert Humphrey’s family, his roots and his extraordinary rise from small-town pharmacist to Democratic Party candidate for president. (30 minutes.) Oct. 29, 5:10 p.m. Maletilla — The filmmaker made the film her personal quest to understand the desire and drive that pulled her father to the bullring as a bullfighter. (63 minutes.) Oct. 28, 2:50 p.m.; Oct. 31, 10:50 a.m. My Architect — The son of reputed architect and adulterer Louis I Kahn looks at his father through every view. Academy nominated feature. (116 minutes.) Oct. 28, 10:10 a.m.; Oct. 31, 11:40 a.m. The Nation of Common Sense and Black Student Movements — Two short documentaries from the “Black Journal” PBS series, directed by St. Claire Bourne. “The Nation of Common Sense” explores the Nation of Islam, including a rare interview with founder the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. “Black Student Movements” explores validity of the then-emerging Black Studies Movement on black and white campuses. (45 minutes.) Oct. 29, 9:05 a.m. The Political Dr. Seuss — The life and work of the best-selling and most influential children’s writer of our time. (83:30 minutes.) Oct. 28, 10:45 a.m.; Oct. 31, 3:50 p.m. Salesman — Four door-to-door Bible salesmen walk the line between hype and despair. Their mission is simple: to convince people to buy what one of them calls “still the best seller in the world.” (90 minutes.) Oct. 29, 3:10 p.m. Sawdust: Life in the Ring — Exploring the lives of a legendary family of circus performers, the Zoppes of Greenbrier, Ark., who have been thrilling worldwide audiences since 1842. (28 minutes.) Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. A Time for Burning — The white, middle-class Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb., in 1966 struggled to reach out to the black community in their city. (58 minutes.) Oct. 29, 10:10 a.m. FILMS RETURNING THIS WEEKEND (See the Oct. 21 issue of Arkansas Times or visit www.arktimes.com for synopses.) 49? — Oct. 28, 6:35 p.m. Albert Alcalay: Self Portraits — Oct. 30, 1:35 (with filmmaker). America’s Heart and Soul — Oct. 31, 1:55 p.m. Asylum — Oct. 30, 6:40 p.m. Balseros — Oct. 28, 1:25 p.m. Bass Man — Oct. 28, 8:00 p.m. (filmmaker). Big Enough — Oct. 29, 3:00 p.m. (filmmaker). Birdy, Diary of a Hummingbird Nest — Oct. 28, 7:00 p.m. (filmmaker). Born Into Brothels — Oct. 30, 1:50 p.m. (filmmaker). Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story — Oct. 30, 7:05 p.m. Control Room — Oct. 29, 6:35 p.m. Edmund’s Island — Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. Family Portrait — Oct. 29, 9:00 a.m. A Family Undertaking — Oct. 28, 4:10 p.m. Ferry Tales — Oct. 30, 3:55 p.m. (filmmaker). The Fog of War — Oct. 30, 9:25 p.m. Foo-Foo Dust — Oct. 30, 3:05 p.m. Foxhole — Oct. 28, 6:35 p.m. Gus — Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. Heir to an Execution — Oct. 29, 1:00 p.m. The Hot 8 — Oct. 30, 11:20 p.m. (filmmaker). Lift — Oct. 28, 6:35 p.m. LSD, a Go Go — Oct. 28, 10:05 a.m. (filmmaker). Marina — Oct. 28, 9:00 p.m. Mutzie’s Wedding — Oct. 31, 10:00 a.m. (filmmaker). Negroes with Guns: Robert Williams and Black Power — Oct. 28, 5:10 p.m. No. 17 — Oct. 30, 7:50 p.m. The Noodle Man — Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. Ocularist — Oct. 28, 6:35 p.m. Off to War — Oct. 30, 11:35 a.m. (filmmaker and panel). One Strong Arm — Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. (filmmaker). A Place of Our Own — Oct. 29, 9:00 a.m. (filmmaker). Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea — Oct. 28, 12:45 p.m. Playing for Change — Oct. 30, 11:20 p.m. (filmmaker). The President Versus David Hicks — Oct. 30, 7:20 p.m. Queen of the Gypsies, a Portrait of Carmen Amaya — Oct. 28, 5:25 p.m. Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 — Oct. 31, 2:00 p.m. (filmmaker). The Royal Academy — Oct. 30, 10:00 a.m. (filmmaker). Running Madness — Oct. 31, 12:05 a.m. (filmmaker). Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus — Oct. 29, 8:20 p.m. Sister Rose’s Passion — Oct. 30, 5:10 p.m. (filmmaker). Something’s Brewin’ in Shiner — Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. (filmmaker). STRUT! — Oct. 28, 3:45 p.m. SUV TAGGERS — Oct. 28, 6:35 p.m. Tea Space — Oct. 28, 12:20 p.m. (filmmaker). Texas Doughnut Shop — Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. Touching the Void — Oct. 29, 11:00 a.m. Tulia Texas: Scenes From the Drug War — Oct. 30, 3:05 p.m. (filmmakers). Valley of Tears — Oct. 31, 10:05 a.m. We Are PHAMAly — Oct. 30, 6:25 p.m. (with cast member). Wet Dreams and False Images — Oct. 30, 3:05 p.m. (filmmaker). With Beak and Claw — Oct. 28, 7:50 p.m. Word Wars — Oct. 30, 5:00 p.m. World Tour: The Fruits of Hegemony — Oct. 28, 10:00 a.m.

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