Last week, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announced that it would kick-off its 23rd annual lineup with a screening of “Glen Campbell .. I’ll Be Me.” Today, the festival released more details about its program. George Takei will close the festival with a presentation of his film “To Be Takei” (about his “playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love”) followed by a Q&A. A sidebar focusing on mockumentary shorts will feature actor and filmmaker Luke Wilson, who will show his short “Satellite Beach,” about the Space Shuttle Endeavour (shot during the actual transportation of the shuttle, starring Wilson as a “devoted and unlikely shuttle manager”). There will also be award-winners from Tribeca, Sundance and Slamdance, plus a Student Academy Award winner (“The Apothecary”) and a new film by Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker (“The Lion’s Mouth Opens”) — in all, the festival cites over 50 shorts.
“Winter’s Bone” writer and director Debra Granik will screen her new documentary feature “Stray Dog,” about a Vietnam vet and biker named Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, who she apparently met in Missouri on the set of the former film. Youtube celebrities and magicians highlighted on the “Tonight Show” will be featured, as will films about Quidditch (“Mudbloods”), films produced by Spike Lee (“Evolution of a Criminal,” about a 1997 armed bank robbery case in Houston) and films based on black box transcripts from downed planes (“Charlie Victor Romeo,” which A.O. Scott has called “one of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen”).
There will also be a 20th anniversary screening of the classic “Hoops Dreams,” with appearances by Arthur Agee Jr. (one of the basketball players followed in the film) and producer Gordon Quinn, and “When We Were Kings,” with director Leon Gast alongside Muhammad Ali’s daughter and grandson. The Renaud Brothers will also be on hand to present their VICE series “Last Chance High.” More details to come.