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AETN's 'LOUPE' to be screened at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Oct. 16

Independent films produced as part of the Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) art initiative LOUPE have been named as official selections of the 22nd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Oct. 11-20. LOUPE films will be screened at the festival Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs.

Following the screening, a reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 425 Central Avenue. The reception will feature live music, food and beverages. This event is free to VIP pass holders, filmmakers, sponsors, and invited guests, and $25 per person for all others.

Designed to highlight the arts and artists throughout Arkansas, LOUPE is supported in part by a Cultural Regional Art Grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The LOUPE initiative is intended to build an arts and culture collection by curating a gallery of information, visuals and events from across Arkansas. A variety of special "artisodes" will be presented alongside articles, events and educational resources on, an engaging aggregate website highlighting various topics related to arts and culture in Arkansas.

"LOUPE" films to be featured in the festival include:

  • "Robyn Horn" – This film documents the life of abstract sculptor Robyn Horn and invites viewers to experience the artist's creative process. Describing her attraction to the artworks' many elements and her exploration of form, texture and geometry, Horn leads the audience through her more than 25 years of active work and varied series and a recent installation at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Produced by Mat Bradley, and edited by Les Galusha.
  • "The Music of Friends" – This film follows the Meadow Lark Trio – made up of Rachel Herman, a violinist from western Pulaski County; Jenny Nulson, a pianist from Greenbrier; and Michael Stiritz, a cellist from Russellville – on their journey to prepare for the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival. Produced by Hans Stiritz.
  • "Westland" – This film explores the life and art of reclusive Winslow, Ark., artist Tim West. Filmed over a period of six years, the film details Winslow's active career – which spans more than 60 years – from his early success to his battles with personal demons and return home. Produced by photographer Diana Michelle.
  • "LeeNora Parlor" – This film follows self-taught folk artist, Arkansan LeeNora Parlor, who creates paintings inspired by her ancestors and other beings who have given her insight into their lives and, by proxy, her own. Parlor depicts and shares how memories of her childhood in Camden drew her back to the country and how her return to the South has enhanced her work and health. Produced by Hop Litzwire.
  • "Love You, Too" – This film profiles Peggie Wallis, an 88-year-old ballet teacher who grew up in New Zealand and studied ballet in Europe. She now lives in northwest Arkansas where she trains young dancers to amazingly high levels of technique using her unique brand of energy and humor. Produced by Dale Carpenter.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) began in 1992, launched by a small group of arts activists in Hot Springs. The festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors making it one of the largest tourist attractions in Arkansas and providing significant economic benefits, as well as helping to shape the identity of Arkansas nationally and internationally. The HSDFF provides the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute with a catalyst for further development, digitization, distribution of documentaries and film education initiatives for training film industry professionals.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado). > Engage > Pressroom > AETN's 'LOUPE' to be screened at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Oct. 16