Forever Majestic – Feature Documentary

Feature Length Documentary on Historic Buildings.
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For a town like Hot Springs, Arkansas, The Majestic was more than just a hotel — it held an important place in the collective memory of the citizenry. Despite multiple owners and frequent promises to renovate, the building would sit empty and eventually catch on fire in 2014. Complicated and deeply personal, FOREVER MAJESTIC considers the financial opportunity born of that fateful fire and questions who is best served by its demolition.

Official Selection for the 30th Annual ‘Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’

In the Press

“An eyeopening, jaw-dropping and chilling documentary on the fire”

– The Hot Springs Post – Cassidy Kendall

‘Forever Majestic’ a hit at festival – The Sentinel-Record Full History and Photo Gallery

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival - Highlights


Executive Producer
Prairie Nation Creative, LLC
DirectorMichael Schwarz
Sound DesignerJames Russell
GraphicsJacob Miles
MusicGraham Southern
EditorMichael Schwarz
Additional EditorsElla Hatmanian
 Jacob Miles
 Adam Crain “Kia”
Assistant EditorsMason Thompson
 Serene Bloin
 Jacob Miles 
Screenshot Bounty HunterEmily Cowan
Story EditorEthan Cvitanic
 Adam Crain
Film PromotionAnn Mayle
In Association
Abandoned Atlas Foundation
Camera OperatorsMichael Schwarz
 Jacob Miles
 Coty Greenwood
 John Cooksey
 Bryan Smoke
 Kae Ellen
 Marissa Shoemaker
 Tanner Smith
 Ketcher Montgomery
 Kayla Esmond
 David Greyson
 Lauren Swaim
 Slam Chase
 Gabe Miller
Drone OperatorsMichael Schwarz
 John Cooksey
 Bryan Smoke


Caitlen TaylorUrban Explorer
Grant KingUrban Explorer
Liz RobbinsGarland County Historical Society
Robert RainesGangster Museum of America
Rex NelsonHistorian / “Southern Fried”
Ronald FullerHot Springs Historian
Mike BlytheGarland County Historical Society
Rick GaleDowntown Business Owner
Rachel PattonDirector / Preserve Arkansas
McKinzie LambertHistorian
Lisa Wolfe GoodwinGrew up in Majestic Hotel
Brenda BrandenburgHot Springs Activist
Vijay PatelVIPA Hospitality
Mark BuhrowFormer Majestic Hotel Resident
Gigi Davis BuhrowFormer Majestic Hotel Resident
Steve LackmeyerReporter/Author & Historic Preservationist
Rany WomackLast Restaurant Manager – Majestic
Dan Fowler, AIADirector, Finance & Business Development / Cromwell Architects Engineers
Leland HilburnFormer Majestic Hotel General Manager
Horst FischerLast Majestic Hotel General Manager
C. Anthony TaylorTaylor / Kempkes, AIA, NCARB, Leed AP
Tracey PratherPreservation Activist
Kirk HumpheysFormer OKC Mayor
Todd McDonaldHot Springs Resident
Bob Martorana
Former Arlington Hotel General Manager
Ed DavisHot Springs Fire Chief
John CookseyLocal Videographer
David FrenchFrench Architects, AIA, NCARB
Jim SariSari & Co
Paul CouryCoury Hospitality / Developer
Renee WestfallFreedom of Information / Hot Springs Activist
David AlaridDeveloper
Ruth CarneyFormer Mayor of Hot Springs
Long Hua XU
Former Hot Springs Historic District Commissioner
Brian AlbrightHot Springs City Attorney
Scott McClardUrban Explorer / Resident
Carl MatthewsProfessor of Interior Design
Callie HarrisInterior Design Student
Trinity QuillinInterior Design Student

Donated Material

Photos of Hisotoric Hot Springs / MajesticGarland County Historical Society, Brenda Brandenburg, Gigi Davis and Mark Buhrow, Ann Grim
Video of Hisotric Hot Springs / MajesticGarland County Historical Society
 City of Visitors (Documentary)
Photos / Video of Abandoned MajesticWalter Arnold, Caitlen Taylor, Cody Taylor, Grant King, Scott McClard, James Holloway Jack Ward, Jacob Bice, National Geographic, Jordan Gurren and Lacy Selig,
Photos / Video Majestic Fire & DemolitionKARK 4, KATV 7, THV11, John Cooksey / Hot Springs Broadcast Network, Arkansas 911 News, DeAnn Almond

Special Thanks

Adam Crain “Kia”, Jacob Miles, Miranda French, Becky Schwarz, Steve Schwarz, Megan Schwarz, Ann Mayle, Emily Cowan
Jennifer Gerber
Taylor / Kempkes
Cromwell Arcitects & Engineers
French Architects
Preserve Arkansas
Unviversity of Arkansas – Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design
Majestic Bakery & Cafe
VIPA Hospitality
Arlington Hotel
The Waters Hotel
City of Hot Springs, Arkansas Government
Hot Springs Fire Department
Harmony Morrissey
Kenny Reynolds (KATV 7)

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