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2018 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's

Emerging Filmmakers Program

October 23 and 24, 2018
Arlington Hotel
239 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901

If you would like to attend workshop and screenings, please contact Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or csanders@aetn.org.

The Emerging Filmmaker Program invites student filmmakers in middle school, junior high school and high school to 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. (Younger filmmakers are welcome just let me know!)

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.

Tuesday, October 23 Student Workshops

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM -- Morning Session

"Personal Statement" Documentary Screening and Discussion (Ballroom)

Personal Statement is a feature-length documentary that follows three seniors at Brooklyn high schools who are determined to get their entire classes to college, even though they aren't even sure they are going to make it there themselves. These students work as college counselors in their schools because many of their friends have nowhere else to turn for support and refuse to succumb to the barriers that prevent so many low-income students from attending and graduating from college. Juliane Dressner, the film's director, and Karoline Jimenez, one of the students featured in the film will be in attendance to answer questions and lead a workshop on the many steps involved in the college process after the film.

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

"AETN Student Selects" Screening
This screening will include a selection of Arkansas’s best student-created documentaries (Arlington Hotel)
Open to the general public.

1:45 PM to 3:30 PM -- Afternoon Session

Hands-on classes and exercises that allow students to gain understanding of the requirements of filmmaking and the opportunity to learn from successful working artists in their respective fields.

Wednesday, October 24 Student Workshops

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM -- Morning Session

Storytelling Workshop Presentation, hands-on and Discussion.
Before there was celluloid, there were stories. Stories are an ancient communal currency of humanity - they shape our lives. We tell 'em, all day every day but the art of storytelling has become mainstream in StorySlams like The Moth and RISK! As a narrative filmmaker, Lena Rudnick discovered storytelling as an incredible tool in filmmaking and she’s excited to unleash your inner-storyteller! We'll learn to craft our experiences into short shareable stories that are heart-breaking, hilarious, thought-provoking and keep people on the edge of their seat.

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM -- Afternoon Session

Hands-on classes and exercises that allow students to gain understanding of the requirements of filmmaking and the opportunity to learn from successful working artists in their respective fields.