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Friday, October 7 • 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Command and Control Opening Night Screening

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D: Robert Kenner | USA | 92 min | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in September 1980 when a worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in the U.S. arsenal. The incident ignites a series of frantic efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Command and Control is a white-knuckle telling of this long-hidden story as eyewitness accounts – from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense – chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.


Filmmaker, Author Eric Schlosser and featured subjects in attendance

Opening Night ticket includes admission to Red Carpet Popcorn & Champagne Event and Opening Night Film Command and Control. The film’s Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) will attend, as well as best-selling author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Command and Control), along with producer Melissa Robledo and PBS American Experience Producer Mark Samels.  Featured subjects Greg Devlin, a survivor of the explosion, and Skip Rutherford, current Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service (UACS), will join the Q & A following the screening, along with others who were present that day in Damascus.

Mingle at the Opening Night After-Party with visiting filmmakers and noted guests of the opening weekend lineup,  as well as the Honorary Co-Chairs of  the 25th Anniversary Festival, industry legends Louis Gossett, Jr. and Beau Bridges. Catered by Hot Springs’ famous McClard's BBQ and offering open bar, the party is hosted at the historic Mountain Valley Spring Water Headquarters and features the sounds of TwiceSax performed live.

After Party sponsored by the Arkansas Times

Event planning by Signature Events 

Moderators
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Philip Martin

Philip Martin is best known as the chief film critic and a columnist for Arkansas's largest daily newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He edits the newspaper film-oriented Friday Style section   Martin has worked for the newspaper since 1993, covering a wide variety of topics... Read More →

Artists
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Eric Schlosser

Festival Special Guest/ Author Command and Control/ Producer/Co-Writer of Command and Control Documentary
As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give a voice to people at the margins of society. Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It... Read More →
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Robert Kenner

Festival Special Guest/ Producer/director/ co-writer of Command and Control
Robert Kenner has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today’s least talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. His film FOOD, INC. was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Emmys. His most recent documentary... Read More →



Attendees (43)