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AETN, PBS productions to be screened at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Posted 15 Oct 2019

The Arkansas Educational Television Network original production "Men & Women of Distinction: Mike Beebe," as well as AETN's national PBS feature "State of the Art," have been chosen for screening as part of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF).

"Men & Women of Distinction: Mike Beebe," which examines the life of the Honorable Mike Beebe as he rose from humble beginnings to serve as Arkansas governor, will screen Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. A conversation with Beebe will follow the screening. Producers Kathryn Francis Tucker and Gabe Mayhan will be in attendance.

"State of the Art," a documentary following seven diverse artists chosen for an exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, will screen Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:45 p.m. The film, a reflection of the groundbreaking work in contemporary art in America today, was produced by Arkansas filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud and AETN and presented nationally by PBS.

Tickets for "Men & Women of Distinction: Mike Beebe" and "State of the Art" are $12 per film and may be purchased at hsdfi.org.

Additionally, AETN has partnered with HSDFF to host the Emerging Filmmakers Program – a hands-on filmmaking workshop for junior high and high school students – Monday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. The program immerses students in the documentary form as they work in small groups led by professional filmmakers to plan and implement their own productions.

As part of the workshop, documentaries produced for AETN's "Student Selects" will be screened Monday, Oct. 21, at 12:45 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. Workshops on Monday will include a screening of "Making Waves," Q&A with top sound designers and a hands-on master class.

Thursday's workshops will include a screening of "RUNNER," Q&A with Olympic marathoner Guor Marial, a sports storytelling master class and a screening of sports short films. The Emerging Filmmakers program is accessible both to beginners and more seasoned filmmakers.

The Emerging Filmmakers Program is free, but registration is required by emailing program director Casey Sanders at csanders@aetn.org. Additional information about "Student Selects" is available at aetn.org/studentselects.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival offers an extraordinary mix of documentary features and shorts, both domestic and international, as well as exclusive film panels, tributes to industry greats, and local access to a host of celebrity guests and visiting professionals. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is one of only 38 festivals worldwide that has been designated an Oscar-qualifier in the category of Documentary Short Subject by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which 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 through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).