The Special Collections department at the University of Arkansas recently announced a partnership with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. As part of the agreement, the festival's archives, and the films contained within, will be housed at and preserved by Special Collections, and eventually, much of those archives will be open to researchers, journalists and others interested in the films shown at the festival, which celebrates its silver anniversary this year.
Jennica and Ryan Schwartzman, the creators of "Gordon Family Tree," are filming their latest movie in Northwest Arkansas this month. "Parker's Anchor" follows a woman who discovers late in adulthood that she is unable to have kids. After the news slowly destroys her marriage, she moves back home to Arkansas and tries to find a new plan for her life.
The practice of getting a head start on the baseball season, spring training, began in 1886 in Hot Springs. Eventually Cy Young, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth woould make the Spa City their annual destination. A new film, The First Boys of Spring, captures the story.