Former Major League Baseball star/steroid user/whistleblower/punchline Jose Canseco will be in attendance at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival for the world premiere of “Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts” on Oct. 19, the last day of the festival. Director Bill McAdams, Jr. will be there, too.
Here’s the promo for the film the HSDFF sent out:
No figure in recent sports history is as divisive as Jose Canseco. Millions of baseball fans remember him as a powerhouse slugger with the speed and agility to earn one of the sport’s rare statistics: 40/40 – 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. But millions more remember him as the whistleblower whose admission to steroid ‘juicing’ exposed a scandal that overshadowed his own remarkable 16-year major league career, and led to congressional hearings that cast a pall over America’s greatest pastime.
Now, Jose Canseco finally speaks out to address some of the most controversial questions surrounding his life and career. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a man driven by grief and a promise made – that he would be more than just a great baseball player, he would be the best. It was a promise he ultimately fulfilled, but it cost him a great deal more than he ever anticipated. Only time will tell whether history remembers Jose Canseco as a legend, a whistleblower or a scapegoat, but this candid documentary will leave you convinced of one inescapable fact: the truth hurts.
The festival runs from Oct. 11-20 at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. To purchase tickets or passes, go here.