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AETN Arts Friday – Classics, Young Talent Take the Stage

Posted on 28 Sep 2012

This AETN Arts Friday, start off with classic sounds on "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Jack Williams” at 6:30 p.m., then see the best  young talent has to offer with “Student Selects 2012: Part 2” at 9 p.m. and “The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold” at 10 p.m.

First up on AETN presents, well-known electric guitarist Jack Williams takes the stage, bringing his years of experience playing with 60s icons John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Jerry Butler, Z.Z. Hill, Hank Ballard, the Shirelles, the Del-Vikings, The Coasters, the Drifters, the Platters and many more. Now performing “under the radar” for the sheer love of music, William’s performance delights with intricate, compelling guitar folk music. 

At 9 p.m., we take a cinematographic interlude with part two of the “2012 Student Selects” broadcast. As our sixth year of Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase draws to a close, we will conclude with the premiere broadcasts reflecting the stunning creativity, ingenuity and diligence of young filmmakers from across the state with a wide variety of unique short films. 

Films featured include:

  • “Ratical,” Hot Springs High School – In this surreal short, humans are at odds with a cunning rodent. Marcus Menefee won the directing scholarship for this film.
  • “The Kings in Winter,” Fayetteville High School – Wildlife around the Kings River is the focus of this nature documentary.
  • “A Midwest Story,” Har-Ber High School – A documentary about the Har-Ber High School orchestra's involvement in the renowned Midwest music competition.
  • “Untitled,” Springdale High School – Abstract music video art set to amorphous electronic music that represents the confusion and emotions surrounding the end of high school.
  • “Humanimation,” T Tauri Movie Camp, Locust Grove – A short claymation film about the importance of the Humane Society.
  • “Mother,” Fayetteville High School – This film features otherworldly stop motion animation.
  • “The Search,” Homeschool, Little Rock – A girl finds guidance on her journey in this short allegorical film.
  • “The Easy Life of Mr. Rosenauer,” Fayetteville High School – A short documentary follows the drama instructor at Fayetteville High School. 
And prodigies’ accomplishments continue at 10 p.m. with the truly spectacular “The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold.” Join the finest young pianists in the world as they take the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Tex. – an event only held every four years. As seen through the eyes and memories of 15 gold medalists, “The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold” follows the half-century long history of one of the world's most prestigious music competitions, set against the backdrop of beautiful music. The most important moment in the life of a young pianist is when he or she walks out onto the stage of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – and you can nearly experience it for yourself. Elements of gut-wrenching drama, strung-out nerves and the joy of victory make up this extraordinary film retrospective and a life-changing world.



Sept. 28, 2012


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