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AETN to host free student workshop, screen 'Student Selects' at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has partnered with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) to present a two-day, multi-phase workshop that will allow young filmmakers to learn more about documentary filmmaking. The workshop, which is free and open to all students, will be held Friday, Oct. 18, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Low Key Art, 118 Arbor Street, Hot Springs.

"Filmmaking encourages students to think analytically, communicate effectively, work collaboratively and solve complex problems." Casey Sanders, AETN producer and workshop coordinator, said. "Student workshops and screenings are designed to immerse young filmmakers in the art and craft of the documentary form.

"Our goal is to help students use filmmaking as a way to explore their world, uncover history, understand culture and express through film the issues important to them."

Among those presenting at the workshop will be: Myles David Jewell, an award winning filmmaker; Barton Weiss, co-founder of the Dallas Video Festival and the Video Association of Dallas; and Marek Dojs, assistant professor of digital cinema at Southern Arkansas University.

Any student interested in attending the workshop should send an email of intent to Sanders, csanders@aetn.org by Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Additionally, "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" short films will be screened at the HSDFF Friday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs. "Student Selects" is an annual event that highlights the creativity and talent of the state's kindergarten through 12th grade students.

"Student Selects" films to be screened include:

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) began in 1992, launched by a small group of arts activists in Hot Springs. The festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors making it one of the largest tourist attractions in Arkansas and providing significant economic benefits, as well as helping to shape the identity of Arkansas nationally and internationally.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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