For the first time in its 30-year history, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is screening a film by the lake. In partnership with Furtrell Marine, Low Key Arts and Visit Hot Springs, HSDFF will present a screening of Sally Aitken’s Playing with Sharks, a film that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and has become a certified hit on the festival circuit this year. The event is free and open to the public and can be watched by boat or by shore. The location is Futrell Marine, located at 4918 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.
HSDFF invites everyone to decorate their boats, bring your friends and family to enjoy a film about a one-of-a-kind personality and her amazing life’s journey entwined with the ocean’s most misunderstood inhabitants. The night will also include live music featuring the band Various Blonde who will perform at 7:30 p.m. before the screening at 8:30.
HSDFF Executive Director, Jennifer Gerber says, “We are so fortunate that the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is located in a National Park! This event takes full advantage of HSDFF’s surroundings by hosting a one-of-a-kind event to take place on Lake Hamilton. We invite you to bring your boat or a lawn chair and join us for an evening like none other.”
At the ACS, we believe that if we provide filmmakers an arena to exhibit their talents, and film enthusiasts a healthy diet of quality programming, we can inspire more Arkansans to make and watch more films. By supporting filmmakers, festivals, theaters and young people interested in filmmaking throughout the state, we hope to create statewide network, pool Arkansas’s resources and be an umbrella organization that feeds all things film. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
To be a filmmaker, we have to connect to create. A painter needs a brush, paint and a canvas. A director needs a writer, a cinematographer, a sound mixer, production designer, editor, actors, distributors, and an audience. We cannot do it alone. This art form forces one to collaborate and thus, creates jobs. Filmmaking is unique in the arts in this way. It takes an army.