It was an honor to be the Keynote speaker and then unexpected recipient of Best Documentary Feature at the inaugural Hot Springs International Film Women’s Film Festival. With all of the other festivals out there, it would seem a fool’s folly to want to start a festival, but the need and desire for such a festival was apparent in this history-filled little town. So many classic genre films such as the gangster and baseball movies have scenes taken from the pages of Hot Springs history. The Central Theater is as much a museum of film history as it is a movie theater. Even on display across the street from the theater was the crane Hitchcock used in many of his films. It's a destination for a movie fan and thrill to feel connected to it all as a filmmaker. As this festival grows in prominence, I hope it will retain the personal and intimate feel of someplace special.
Professor of documentary and narrative film production at Yale University, School of Art, Barnard College, and Columbia University.
One of the most professional and carefully executed festivals. I was treated like Hollywood royalty. The founder/director of festival Bill Volland was so kind and treated everyone with exceptional southern hospitality. Thank you HSIWFF for a memorable experience. I will definitely be submitting/attending next year!
Karen and I really enjoyed our visit - and thought you did such a nice job of selecting films and were so kind.
We were very glad to attend - and thank you for the honor of this award.
Best Regards, Becky Smith
Professor UCLA MFA directing program. Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
HSIWFF SCHEDULE of FILMS
11:00 am-Wild Woman, 3:42
11:05am - Only the Drum, 00:12:28
11:30am-Agatha Christie - Queen of Crime, 00:52:00
12:30pm-Famous Little Girls, 00:17:54
1:00pm-Betty Williams: Contagious Courage, 01:07:00
2:20pm-Miss Snake Charmer, 01:06:00
3:35pm-The Inconsiderate Houseguest, 00:15:42
4:00pm Intermission - 4:30pm Guest Speaker
4:45pm-Fighting for Allergy Free Food, 01:30:00
6:30pm-The Cutlass, 01:37:00
8:20pm- a land shaped by women, 00:25:00
8:50pm-Floating Justice, 00:34:15
9:30pm-Fly Like a Girl, 01:24:49
11:00pm- Pia Douwes: My life belongs to me, 00:52:00
11:00am-Once There Was a Winter, 01:26:00
12:30pm-Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America, 00:55:00
1:30pm-Beyond Sixty Project, 01:15:00
3:00pm-SAC de Merde, 00:13:27
3:15pm-Without a Mirror, 00:12:34
3:45pm-ME 3.769, 00:09:00
4:00PM-Intermission - 4:15PM-Special Guest Speaker from Arkansas’s Women in Film Chapter
4:30pm-I Can Only Be Mary Lane, 00:59:00
5:45pm-HOPE FROZEN, 01:05:18
7:15pm-Let's Talk About Sex, 01:15:00
8:30pm-FEAR NO GUMBO, 01:30:00
10:00PM-Awards - 10:15pm-Filmmaker Wrap Party Location TBD
Lar Park Lincoln Acting Workshops on Sat & Sun times TBD
DAYS OF POWER
- BEST FEATURE FILM
ALFRED J HEMLOCK
- BEST SHORT FILM
THAT WAY MADNESS LIES...
- BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
LEFT ON PEARL
- BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
AUGUST IN BERLIN
- BEST DIRECTOR
THE THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND
- BEST ACTRESS JULIANA HARKAVY
- AUDIENCE AWARD