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AETN's 'Student Selects 2015' to premiere Sept. 4

Posted 31 Aug 2015

The work of Arkansas's next generation of filmmakers will be showcased in 'Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2015' airing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) beginning Friday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. 'Student Selects' will air in four segments Fridays, Sept. 4-28, at 6:30 each night.

'Student Selects' is an annual event that highlights the creativity and talent of the state's kindergarten through 12th grade students. Young filmmakers submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN and streaming on, and graduating seniors may compete for THEA Foundation scholarships in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.

'Student Selects' will be a series of four episodes. Episode one will include:

• 'A Film On Hate' by Reed C. Carson, Fayetteville High School, winner of the THEA scholarship for directing.
• 'The Rapper' by Justin Anglin, Cabot High School.
• 'Soccer Motivation' by Sintia Magana, Springdale District TV.
• 'My Stepdad Zoltar' by Blase Zinck, Parkview Magnet High School (Little Rock).
• 'Gray Matter' by Amalia Eddings, Bryant High School.
• 'Because of the Racism' by Kennedy Butler, Little Rock Central High School.

Episode two will include:

• 'Three Wishes' by Christopher Scribner, eStem High Public Charter School (Little Rock).
• 'Somewhere' by Wyly Bigger, Marion High School.
• 'Trapped in the Oven' by Michael Driskell, Springdale District TV, winner of the THEA scholarship for editing.
• 'Cleanin'' by Justin Phaysith, Springdale High School.

Episode three will include:

• 'Loser' by Andrew Lisle, Har-Ber High School (Springdale).
• 'Color My World' by Connor Holmes, Lake Hamilton High School (Pearcy).
• 'No Differences in Disabilities' by Michael Driskell, Springdale District TV.
• 'My Ball' by Addison Yates, Harding Academy (Searcy), winner of the THEA scholarship for cinematography.
• 'Two Hands on the Wheel' by Brandon Morris, Metropolitan Career and Technical Center (Little Rock).
• 'Call Me Crazy' by Amanda Hamilton and Michael Merida, Lakeside High School (Hot Springs).

Episode four will include:

• 'Pyro' by Cole Borgstadt, Fayetteville High School.
• 'You Can Change the World' by Gracia Robison, Dardanelle High School.
• 'BBALL AND BLADEN' by Adam Sauer, Siloam Springs High School.
• 'The Battle of Prairie Grove' by Austin Chitmon, Bentonville High School.

A second 'Student Selects' Halloween special, 'Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 2,' featuring murder mystery, zombies, ghosts and other spooky student films, will air Friday, Oct. 31.

Any students interested in learning more about filmmaking are invited to participate in the 2015 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Program Oct. 12-13. Additional information is available by contact 'Student Selects' producer Casey Sanders at or 800-662-2386.

September also marks the new 2015-2016 'Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase' and Young Filmmakers Scholarship eligibility period. Entry categories include, but are not limited to, documentary, narrative, animation and music videos. A complete list of film credits and information about submission guidelines is available at Entries for 2016 must be submitted by March 18 to be considered for scholarships.

AETN supports, highlights and distributes young filmmakers handiwork in cooperation with the THEA Foundation, the Little Rock Film Festival, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Arkansas Film Commission and the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.

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).