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'Desert Dreams' to air on AETN Dec. 2

Posted 05 Jan 2017

The one-hour special 'Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert' will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

Dispelling the notion that deserts are deserted places, 'Desert Dreams' immerses viewers in a world filled with life and beauty year-round. This film showcases 182 species of Sonoran Desert plants and animals in a five-season chronology.

'Desert Dreams' blends HD video footage and time-lapse imagery captured over 4 years with stills from the filmmaker's photographic archive compiled over three decades in a first-of-its-kind presentation of the Sonoran Desert as it changes over the course of a full year. The five seasons chronicled include: dry summer, wet summer, autumn, winter and spring.

The supporting soundtrack combines natural sounds with a kaleidoscope of flute and percussion vignettes performed by world-class musician Gary Stroutsos, featuring 29 musical instruments with "earth tones" to create a pictorial and musical tapestry without narration or people.

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).