For headier fare, the Clinton School's documentary series at Sturgis Hall holds great promise. Aside from the two we mentioned in the adjacent list, there's Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim's ("Inconvenient Truth," "It Might Get Loud") latest, "Waiting for Superman" (3 p.m. Sunday), which surveys public education today. As well as the Billy Bob Thornton-narrated "My Run," (3:30 p.m. Saturday) about a man who once ran from Minneapolis to Atlanta in 75 straight days, and "The Last Survivor" (12:30 p.m. Sunday), which follows survivors of four different genocides.
More docs that've piqued our interest: "Big River Man" (12:30 p.m. Friday, Riverdale) about a barrel of a 50-year-old Slovenian man who swims all 3,300 miles of the Amazon. The Drive-By Truckers documentary "The Secret to a Happy Ending" (7:45 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Riverdale). And "I Am Comic" (10 p.m. Thursday, 12:45 p.m. Friday, Riverdale), interviews with comics like Sarah Silverman, Bobcat Goldthwait and Nick Kroll on process, what life's like on the road and such.
As far as Arkansas-related film goes, we'll be front and center for the teaser footage of "Arkansas Traveler" (6:40 p.m. Thursday Riverdale) a Civil War film set in Arkansas and Missouri co-directed by "Deadwood" vet Sean Bridgers. If you liked "Dwight David Honeycutt for Conway School Board," you'll want to check out the latest short from campaign advisors Ray McKinnon and Graham Gordy, "Spanola Pepper Sauce Company" (6:20 p.m. Friday, 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Riverdale). It's about the deranged head of a hot sauce empire (Gordy). And Tim Jackson's documentary "Looking for Lurch" (3 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Friday) is sure to gain extra resonance after the recent death of the African Watusi steer subject, who long called Arkansas home.