Highlighting the history and struggles to preserve the Buffalo River, The Buffalo Flows, is written by University of Arkansas journalism professor Larry Foley. It is narrated by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon of Little Rock, an actor and film director. Trey Marley of Fayetteville captures the rivers magnificent beauty over four seasons, while Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dale Carpenter, also a UA professor, lends his talent as the films editor.
The Buffalo Flows was recently awarded two Emmy Awards at the 33rd Annual Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards were given for James Greesons musical composition and Foleys writing.
Funding for The Buffalo Flows was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.
The Buffalo Flows premiered on AETN in March and debuted nationally on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on Oct. 6.
Other AETN-produced documentaries available in the professional development series are: Delta Dreams, Troubled Water, Historic Bridges of Arkansas, City of Visitors: The Story of Hot Springs, Arkansas, The Forgotten Expedition and It Started Here: Early Arkansas and the Louisiana Purchase.
These programs are available online as Arkansas history/studies courses through the Arkansas IDEAS Web site. Licensed Arkansas educators may complete the courses free of charge to obtain necessary professional development hours in Arkansas History and Arkansas Studies courses for kindergarten through eighth grades and Arkansas history for seventh through 12th grades.
Arkansas IDEAS is an online professional development resource for Arkansas educators designed to enhance teachers content knowledge and instructional skills. The web site provides the states educators with comprehensive online professional development courses and teaching resources free of charge. IDEAS was created by Arkansas Department of Education in 2006 and is hosted, maintained and supported by AETN (Arkansas Educational Television Network).
For more information, visit www.arkansasideas.org, or call 800-662-2386.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (www.aetn.org) provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETNs transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.