Hot Springs, Arkansas ((plus: CALL FOR ENTRIES!))

From: Dan Anderson (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Apr 12 2009 - 20:02:43 PDT

Hi y'all,
Thought some of you may be interested in hearing about the 1st ever ARKANSAS
UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL happening in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas,
July 17-19, 2009. About a year ago, I stumbled across Hot Springs while on
route with the Bearded Child Traveling Film Festival, and found it to be one
of the most interesting small towns I'd ever encountered. To my shock, it
also provided one of my most receptive and enthusiastic crowds I'd ever
screened films for. Once I found out how obscenely cheap the rent was, I
packed my bags and headed for Arkansas...

Arkansas Underground Film Festival is a three day event devoted to the
underbelly of the independent film world. For our first year, we will be
presenting a wide range of work from classic experimental films, to
subculture documentaries, to live cinema performances, to found and stolen
oddities, to stag and cult obscenities. It will be a fun and interesting
event, and we welcome new and old work of all kinds that might fit the bill.

ARKUFF is a collaboration between the Hot Springs Documentary Film
Institute, Low Key Arts (Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival),
and the Bearded Child Film Festival, The organizers are Dan Anderson, Ben
Meade, and Bill Solleder (formerly "Billy Spunk" of the Blue Meanies.)

Hot Springs National Park is a city inside a national park. The city is
famous for its lawless history. Illegal gambling, prostitution and all forms
of vice ran wide open until the late 1960s. Frequently guests included Al
Capone, Lucky Luciano, Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (public enemy #1), Bonnie and
Clyde, Oweny "The Killer" Madden, and others. According to local legend,
gangsters may have used the city's elaborate underground tunnel system
during Prohibition days. Luxurious hotels and other buildings were built,
many of which are new being transformed into art galleries and oddity

And in case you're wondering, Arkansas just passed a massive tax incentive
bill for filmmaking. Filmmakers can now claim production costs as a tax
right-off, among a long list of other perks...

So go ahead and check this out:

Arkansas Underground Film Festival
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
July 17-19, 2009; DEADLINE: MAY 15

c/o Low Key Arts
118 Arbor Street
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.