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Free Student Workshop, “Student Selects” Screening at HSDFF

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Need one more reason to attend the 2013 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF)? We have two! On Friday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m., the documentary portion of “Student Selects 2013: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” will screen a series of short films in the Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Avenue, and AETN will also host a two-day, multi-phase workshop allowing young filmmakers learn more about the documentary craft on Oct. 18 and 19.

Starting off our exciting visit to the Spa City, the “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” screening will continue our regular tradition of introducing the state’s future filmmakers to festival-goers at large. This annual event, highlighting the creativity and talent of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students will feature the following short pieces:

  • “Why El Dorado?” – Washington Middle School. The film defines and illustrates the many wonderful features of El Dorado, Ark. It answers questions like why someone would want to live in the city, the types of people who reside there, and what is unique and special about the town.
  • “Three Buddies Farm” – Searcy High School. Looking at the life of a mushroom farmer, David Owens, this film describes how the beginner farmer decided to open a business with his friends, Three Buddies Farm in Searcy, Ark.
  • “Shred It” – Springdale District TV. This intense action sports video features filmmaker Lane McCall participating in two extreme sports: motocross and BMX racing. Viewers ride along with McCall as he jumps through the air and takes white-knuckling turns.
  • “Precision Machining” – Heritage High School (Rogers). This news story about Mr. Knight’s precision machining class was created to promote the course as students registered for classes in the new year.
  • “PCA Jewels” – Springdale District TV. This documentary examines the Power Cheer Athletics: Jewels program and tells an inspiring story of a coach who started her career in her parents’ living room.
  • “Confidence” – Heritage High School. In this short confessional, filmmaker Meagan Simmons reveals her insecurities and those of others, and she encourages young people to accept themselves for who they are. Simmons hopes this positive message will change someone’s life.
  • “Bike Bentonville” – Bentonville High School. This film follows the story of 540 bikes, 467 hours of bike construction and more than $100,000 from the Walton Familly Foundation used to provide kids with further physical education in school.
  • “Best Small Town” – Marion High School. This is a music video for Bailey Bigger’s original song, “Best Small Town,” written about her hometown of Marion.
  • “Modern Knifemaking” – Homeschool in Nashville, Ark. This film, made by homeschool student Logan Wilson, follows the filmmaker’s grandfather, who is a professional knifemaker.
  • “Rodeo of the Ozarks” – Springdale High School. This film tells the story of how the Rodeo of the Ozarks got started.

After the screening, aspiring filmmakers can get a jump on their entry for the next year by attending our free student filmmaker workshop, open to all K-12 students, on Friday Oct. 18, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These workshops, which will be held at Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor St., are designed to immerse students in the art and craft of the documentary form. 

By using filmmaking as a way to explore the world, uncover history, understand culture and express important issues through film, students will discover new analytical skills, in addition to building effective communication skills, the ability to work collaborative and practice solving complex problems. 

Workshop presenters include: Myles David Jewell, an award-winning filmmaker; Barton Weiss, co-founder of the Dallas Video Festival and the Video Association of Dallas; and Marek Dojs, assistant professor of digital cinema at Southern Arkasnas University (SAU).

Want to get involved – or know a student who would be interested? Send us an email! You can register up to Tuesday, Oct. 15, by contacting Casey Sanders at


“Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
The Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs

AETN “Student Selects” Documentary Film Student Workshop

Friday, Oct. 18, 2:30-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Low Key Art, 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs