Film festival documents life

Bradly Gill
Staff Writer

   The Arts and Humanities department once again held its Hot Spring Documentary Film Festival. A number of entertaining and enlightening films were shown at the Fine Art Center Nov. 11-12. The annual festival features films from 8 in the morning on into the evening.

   As always, the documentaries were extremely varied in subject matter, yet all of them were able to display something on the human condition. Whether it was "Something’s Brewing in Shiner," which took a look at the town of Shiner, Texas, and the town’s world famous Shiner beer, or "Foxhole," which detailed the relationship of two gay men who met in Vietnam, every film captured a unique look at the human existence.

   A number of films dealt with the ongoing war in Iraq such as "Off to War," which documented the Arkansas National Guard from its ship-out date onward. Also dealing with the war was the aptly titled "My First War," which showed the heated passions between protesters and police.

   Support of the event is amazing with teachers and students alike attending.

   “I enjoy being able to watch something other than the feature films at the theater,” junior Rhiannon Cabaniss said.

   Gary Marshall is just one of the many faculty members who help promote and show the films every year.

   “We’re so lucky to be able to show current documentaries, that come from all over the world, for free to our students and community,” he said.

Rating: A+

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