From "Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President" courtesy Greenwich Entertainment

HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 10/9-SATURDAY 10/17. Mostly virtual, selected events at Hot Springs Mall, 4501 Central Ave. $8-$300. 

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the longest-running documentary film fest in North America, is putting on a virtual/drive-in hybrid of an event this year, with a total of 110 films (50 feature-length, 60 shorts); 50 percent of which are directed by women and 47 percent made by filmmakers of color.

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The 2020 selections, new Director of Programming Jessie Fairbanks said, “illuminate the urgent realities of this turbulent year.” Catch Mary Wharton’s “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” on opening night (pictured at right), Laura Gabbert’s surprisingly prescient food film “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versaille,” Julia Reichart and Steve Bognar’s “9 to 5: The Story of a Movement” on closing night, and tons more; get passes and a Virtual Festival Technical Guide at hsdfi.org/attend.

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