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AETN’s ‘Silent Storytellers,’ ‘Student Selects’ to be screened at Little Rock Film Festival AETN sponsors YOUTH! workshops, screenings, video race

Posted 01 Jun 2010

“Silent Storytellers,” an AETN original production, will be screened Sunday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Riverdale Cinemas No. 8. Filmed over two years, it explores the cultural, artistic and personal stories cemeteries provide to the surrounding communities. Guided by author and cemetery researcher Abby Burnett, “Silent Storytellers” visits cemeteries in Boone, Crawford, Franklin, Hempstead, Johnson, Lawrence, Newton, Pulaski, Searcy and Sevier counties and features tombstones with tales of murder, family heirlooms and folk-art inspired carvings. The film was co-produced by Hop Litzwire and AETN’s Casey Sanders.

Visit for behind-the-scenes clips, additional interviews and downloadable information about tombstone cleaning. Funding for “Silent Storytellers” is provided by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Arkansas Department of Heritage.

“Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” is an annual AETN event that highlights the creativity and talent of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students. The project grants these future filmmakers the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streaming on and screening at the Little Rock Film Festival.

Entry categories include, but are not limited to: documentary, narrative (short, full-length, fiction, sitcom, etc.); animation (hand-drawn, Claymation, Macromedia Flash, etc.); short form videos; QuickTime shorts and music videos.

“Student Selects” films being screened Saturday, June 5, at 2 p.m. at Riverdale Cinemas

No. 9 include:

“Who I Am” – Episcopal Collegiate School

“Marvin’s Revenge” – Cabot High School

“A Day in the Life of a Bread Man” – Valley Springs High School

“Traitor’s Game” – Har-Ber High School, Springdale

“Rose” – Alma High School

“Broken” – Fayetteville High School

“Meet You in Jerusalem” – Little Rock Central High School

“Student Selects” films being screened Sunday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at Riverdale Cinemas

No. 10 include:

“In the Hall of the Superball” – Har-Ber High School

“A Zombie Romance” – Arkadelphia High School

“Being Unique” – Searcy High School

“Band of Robbers’ Daughters” – Fayetteville High School

“Pipe Dream” – Conway High School

“Holocaust Shoes” – Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock

“We Need to Talk” – Har-Ber High School

“Get Clean” – Parkview High School

“Assistive Technology” – Arkansas School for the Blind

“Small Town” – Searcy High School

“Outside the Lines” -Fayetteville High School

New to the competition this year are four $2,500 scholarships, funded by the THEA Foundation, which have been awarded to graduating seniors in the following categories: screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.

Winners of the 2010 “Student Selects” scholarship competition are:

Screenwriting – Tanner Smith, Manila High School, “Specter.”

Directing – Landry Parks Harlan, Fayetteville High School, “Outside the Lines.”

Cinematography – Sean Cannon, Searcy High School, “Small Town.”

Editing – William Michael Sharp, Fayetteville High School, “Outside the Lines.”

Scholarship and award winners will be honored at the Little Rock Film Festival Gala Sunday, June 6, at 5 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Additionally, AETN is sponsoring the Little Rock Film Festival YOUTH! workshops, screenings and video race. The two-day event Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, will include sessions with professional filmmakers and be geared toward new filmmakers and those ready to begin distributing their work. Registration is required for the Mobile Film School pitch session and the SHORT video race. To register, contact Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or

Tickets and passes may be purchased at

The Little Rock Film Festival takes place annually each spring in the historic River Market District. The festival showcases the best in narrative and documentary films from around the world and promotes Arkansas filmmakers through a dedicated program of film screenings, panels, workshops and youth programs.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that 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. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).