Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

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Hot Springs, Arkansas (Pop. 39,467)
October 2012

Twenty years ago, the Hot Springs festival founders envisioned turning their town into the documentary capital of the world. Today, The Hot Springs Film Institute remains the only film institute in the United States dedicated solely to the documentary genre. Each year the festival opens with a popcorn-and-wine celebration followed by a slew of performances and workshops. This year included a graffiti art workshop and a burlesque troop performance. Be on the lookout for legendary filmmakers — past HSDFI guests have included Les Blank, Ken Burns, Tippi Hedren, Roger Nygard, Allen Ginsberg and Albert Maysles. All screenings take place at a historic treasure, the Malco Theatre in downtown Hot Springs.

When to submit: By mid-May
More info: think-boxmedia.com

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Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker. Her top five documentaries are: 1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) 2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh) 3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff) 4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker) 5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)