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2017 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's Emerging Filmmakers Program

Presented by Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN)

Monday, October 9
Student Workshops
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hot Springs Convention Center
Rooms 207-208
134 Convention Boulevard

To register contact:
Casey Sanders - Program Director
Space is limited

HSDFF and AETN share a mission to support and educate Arkansas's student documentary filmmakers. Our goal is to help students use filmmaking as a way to explore their world, examine history, discover interesting characters and express through film the issues important to them.

Student filmmakers in middle school, junior high school and high school will participate in hands-on intensive sessions to learn how to create purposeful media, utilizing the power of investigation and expression in digital storytelling. This program is both accessible to beginning filmmakers as well as more seasoned filmmakers.

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Morning Session
    Our team of presenters will share their views on the varied and unique aspects of nonfiction storytelling and explain filmmaking strategies and techniques beneficial to student filmmakers interested in telling their own stories. We will view clips of the filmmakers' work and other illustrative films as well as delve deeply into the development of the character driven story. We will talk about hybrid strategies in documentaries that borrow styles similar to narrative films, ethics of documentary filmmaking and the importance of post-production.
  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - AETN Student Selects Screening (Lunch Provided)
    This screening will include a selection of Arkansas's best student-created documentaries. Location: Arlington Hotel (Open to the general public)
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Afternoon Session
    Students will break into groups to plan and develop a character driven or plot-driven documentary, consider different interview styles and then shoot scenes in downtown Hot Springs. Student teams will be paired with professional filmmakers as mentors throughout the process. Junior high and middle school teams will have alternate options more suitable to their educational needs. (We understand some of you might need to leave early due to bus schedules.)

Guest Filmmaker/Presenters

  • Jack C. Newell, Director Open Tables
    Jack C. Newell is an award-winning filmmaker and public artist whose work has screened worldwide. He is in post-production on the documentary series, How to Build a School in Haiti. His previous features are Open Tables and Close Quarters. Jack is the Program Director of the Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City in Chicago and the co-creator of the public art project, The Wabash Lights.
  • Kevin Clark, Producer Public Television
    Blytheville, Arkansas native Kevin Clark's documentary films as a freelance filmmaker focused mainly on Arkansas and its history. His first film, Died for Zero, about his father's unsolved murder, was named “Best of” at the Indie Memphis Film Festival and led to the funding of his next three films including The Old Gray Lady--Arkansas's First Newspaper. Now a producer with public television, Clark hopes to address social justice issues, inequality and poverty in his future work.
  • Jennifer Gibson, Producer Public Television
    Jennifer is a producer at AETN. She started working in documentary film and television in 2003 in New York, where she produced for Discovery Channel and History Channel, among others. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and currently makes short documentaries, local NewsHour Weekend features, PSA's and promotions.

UCA Digital Filmmaking student mentors will be on hand to lend technical and creative support to student attendees.

AETN to air films made by local students beginning Sept. 8

AETN to host Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's Emerging Filmmakers Program this fall.

AETN kicks off the school year with "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," featuring must-see films made by students from across Arkansas beginning Friday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. "Student Selects" will air in four segments Fridays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 6 at 6:30 each night.

Selections include comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries and historical films. The broadcast also includes films recognized with Thea Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarships, Historic Arkansas Film Prizes and Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Film Competition honors.

Films to be featured Sept. 8

  • "Unconditional," by Fayetteville High School, winner of the Thea scholarship for cinematography.
  • "A Terrible Crime," by Arkansas School for Mathematics Sciences and the Arts (Hot Springs).
  • "The Influence of Mamie Till," by Valley View Junior High School (Jonesboro), Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition finalist.
  • "Happiness Is," by Harrison High School.
  • "The Life of Jim Legoman," by Lakeside Intermediate School (Hot Springs).

Films to be featured Sept. 15

Films to be featured Sept. 22

Films to be featured Oct. 6