Posted 10 Oct 2013
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 aetn.org/loupe, an engaging aggregate website highlighting various topics related to arts and culture in Arkansas.
"LOUPE" films to be featured in the festival include:
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 aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).