Award Winning Documentary “Southwest Of Salem” To Open 2nd Annual Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope Welcomes “Southwest Of Salem” As Opening Film

Subjects of Documentary, Director to Attend LGBT Event in Argenta

The Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival, presented by Argenta Arts District, will open the second annual festival with the award winning documentary, “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four” at 7 p.m. on August 18, at the Argenta Community Theater. 

Director Deborah Esquenazi and The San Antonio Four: Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, & Anna Vasquez will be attending the event. The women will participate in a question and answer session immediately following the screening.

After being wrongfully convicted of molesting two little girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting 'True Crime' tale.  

The film recently won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and Outstanding Documentary Jury Award at Frameline International LGBTQ Film Festival in San Francisco. It was also an Official Selection of Tribeca Film Festival and AFI Docs.

“Southwest of Salem” will be co-presented by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. HSDFF, celebrating its 25th anniversary this October 7-16, has a long history of supporting films that bring cultural and social enrichment to all ages, said Executive Director, Courtney Pledger.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is honored to partner with Kaleidoscope in presenting ‘Southwest of Salem,’” Pledger said. “Kaleidoscope’s mission is essential in that it provides an outlet for extremely powerful film stories such as ‘Salem.’ This is a film that truly should be seen.”

Opening Night events include:

  • Pre-Screening Champagne Reception at 6 p.m.
  • Southwest of Salem Screening at 7 p.m.
  • After-Party at Diamond Bear Brewery at 9 p.m.

All Opening Night Events are included with a VIP Pass purchase. A limited number of Opening Night Individual Tickets are available to purchase on the Kaleidoscope website for $20.

Southwest of Salem is documentary that both straight and LGBT audiences will find throughly engaging. In particular I believe audience in Arkansas will find it fascinating due to some similarities with the West Memphis Three case,” said Tony Taylor, Executive Director of the Film Society of Little Rock. “And to have the director as well as all four women of the San Antonio Four in attendance should make this one of the must see events of the year. We could not have hoped for a better film to kick off the 2nd Annual Kaleidoscope festival.”

Kaleidoscope's mission is to provide innovative and unique programming that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the state of Arkansas and the surrounding region. 

The Film Festival will take place at the Argenta Community Theater on August 18-21, 2016. To purchase festival passes and for more information on the festival, please visit

About Film Society of Little Rock

The Film Society of Little Rock is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing innovative and unique programming and events that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the City of Little Rock, State of Arkansas, and the surrounding region. Our year-round programming includes two principle festivals; Fantastic Cinema and Kaleidoscope, as well as, film series and individual screenings. For more information visit:

Film Society of Little Rock Board Members include Chris Cranford, Chair, Susan Altrui, Johnnie Brannon, Linda Brown, Jennifer Cox, Bruce Hutchison, Sarah Jones, Jennifer Owens, Tony Taylor, Mindy Van Kuren, Cameron Vaughan and Jason Willey.

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About Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America and an Academy-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. In 1992, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (HSDFI) incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and remains one of the few film institutes in the United States dedicated solely to the documentary film genre. Each year the Institute presents the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and has welcomed many of the greats of the documentary genre, including Albert and David Maysles, Robert Drew, D.A. Pennebaker, Les Blank, James Earl Jones, and Ken BurnsThe festival's screening committee views nearly 1,000 films submitted from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and selects roughly 100 to be presented each year in October. HSDFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival in Documentary Short Subject for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, one of only 38 worldwide. For more information, please visit or contact Executive Director, Courtney Pledger at

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About Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. The festival exhibits the power of film to transform lives and opinions of those both inside and outside the LGBT community through the universal medium of the cinema. Kaleidoscope is Arkansas's only major outlet for LGBT films, as well as LGBT filmmakers. Kaleidoscope 2016 will be held August 18th through August 21st in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  For more information visit:

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