This year, we’re proud to have both AETN-original and PBS productions selected for screening at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) and to partner with the nation’s oldest documentary film festival for the Emerging Filmmakers Program!
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” a documentary that explores the street’s glory days and how Urban Renewal, the Eisenhower Interstate Program and more influenced its future, will screen Monday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Gabe Mayhan, director; Tanisha Joe-Conway, producer; L.T. Terry, Little Rock resident; and Berna Love, author of “Temple of Dreams” and “End of the Line” will be in attendance.
“Tell Them We Are Rising,” a documentary that charts the impact that historically black colleges and universities have had on American history, culture and national identity, will screen Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2:30 p.m. Stanley Nelson, director and producer, will be in attendance. Choir members from Arkansas Baptist College will perform at the screening. Nelson will also receive the Career Achievement Award in Documentary Film from the festival.
“Tell Them We Are Rising” will premiere on AETN as part of the “Independent Lens” documentary series in spring 2018, complemented by a short, AETN-original production highlighting Arkansas’s four historically black colleges – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Philander Smith College, Arkansas Baptist College and Shorter College. Nelson will also be a guest on AETN’s in-depth, current affairs program “Barnes and … A Conversation With,” airdate to be announced.
“Bill Nye: Science Guy” — an independent film documenting Bill Nye’s journey to change the world by advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery — will screen Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. The film, which follows Nye in his current role as CEO of The Planetary Society where he’s leading a mission to launch a solar-powered satellite into the cosmos and advocating real world solutions to create a more scientifically literate and engaged universe, will premiere on AETN in 2018 as part of the documentary series “POV.”
Additionally, AETN Student Selects has partnered with HSDFF to host the free Emerging Filmmakers Program Monday, Oct. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. There, 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. The Emerging Filmmakers Program is accessible both to beginners and more seasoned filmmakers. As part of the workshop, documentaries produced by local students will be screened. Screening of student films is free and open to the public and will begin at noon.
Among those presenting at the Emerging Filmmakers Program will be: Jack C. Newell, award-winning filmmaker and program director of the Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City in Chicago; Kevin Clark, award-winning filmmaker and AETN producer; and Jennifer Gibson, AETN producer.
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
Emerging Filmmakers Program, workshops begin at 9 a.m.; screenings begin at noon.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
”Bill Nye: Science Guy,” 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
”Tell Them We Are Rising” (with Stanley Nelson in attendance), 2:30 p.m.