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Filmmakers and special guests attended Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival held from October 10 – 19, 2014, to celebrate the best in documentary film from around the world, including visits by actor George Takei, the musical family of Arkansas icon Glen Campbell, actress/director/producer Joey Lauren Adams, former Olympic Diving Champion Greg Louganis, producer/director Harry Thomason, Arthur Agee of Hoop Dreams, illusionist James Randi and many more. Former President Bill Clinton made a stop at this year’s festival. Mr. Clinton has been a long-time supporter of HSDFF from its beginnings in 1991 as the first all-documentary film festival in North America. 

Glen Campbell…I’ll be Me opened the festival on October 10, 2014. Directed and produced by James Keach (Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Because of Winn Dixie, Groundhog Day), this powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon opened to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind.

Hot Springs audiences joined actor and activist George Takei on his playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love as Jennifer Kroot’s To Be Takei closed the festival on Saturday, October 18. Special guest Takei took part in an exclusive Q&A at the conclusion of the film and mingled with guests following the screening event.

Over seven decades, George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of hordes of social media fans. Now a new documentary, To be Takei, takes a closer look at the many roles played by this eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is an Academy Award®-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Recipients of the festival’s Spa City Best Documentary Short Award will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Award winners at the 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival:

Spa City Best U.S. Documentary Feature (Tie):
An Honest Liar, dir. Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein
Evolution of a Criminal, dir. Clark Monroe

Spa City Best International Documentary Feature:
Waiting for August, dir. Teodora Ana Mahai

Spa City Best Documentary Short (Academy Award®-qualifying short film category):
Buffalo Dreams, dir. Maurice O’Brien

Spa City Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-Fiction:
White Earth, dir. J. Christian Jensen

Spa City Clyde Scott Best Sports Documentary:
Happy Valley, dir. Amir Bar-Lev

Spa City Audience Award:
Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, dir. James Keach

Recipient of the HSDFF 2014 Career Achievement Award:
Gordon Quinn

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