Originally created 06/17/04

Films to highlight week leading to opening of Clinton Library



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- "Control Room," portraying operations of the Arab news network Al-Jazeera during the war in Iraq, will join "The Hunting of the President" as headliners for the Reel Film Festival set for the opening week of the Clinton Presidential Library in November.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute will sponsor the festival and screen what were billed as "the best documentaries ever produced," organizers announced Tuesday.

Honorary chairman of the festival is Harry Thomason, an Arkansas native who directed "The Hunting of the President," which claims to expose a "10-year campaign to destroy Bill Clinton."

The documentary-festival movies will be shown at the main branch of the Central Arkansas Library System in the city's River Market district, a few blocks from the Clinton Presidential Library that is nearing completion.

Filmmakers will attend the screenings, which will run from Nov. 16-19. The Clinton library opens Nov. 18.

The festival also will include a student competition, open to high school, college and graduate students from all over the world. The winner's film will be shown at the festival, as well.

"Some young person in America or the world is going to have a venue anyone would love," said Skip Rutherford, president of the Clinton Presidential Foundation, which is building the Clinton library.