The Arkansas Educational Television Network kicks off the school year with “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase,” featuring must-see films made by students from across Arkansas beginning Friday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. “Student Selects” will air in four segments Fridays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 6 at 6:30 each night.
Selections include comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries and historical films. The broadcast also includes films recognized with Thea Foundation Young Filmmaker Scholarships, Historic Arkansas Film Prizes and Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Film Competition honors.
Films to be featured Sept. 8 include:
• “Unconditional,” by Fayetteville High School, winner of the Thea scholarship for cinematography.
• “A Terrible Crime,” by Arkansas School for Mathematics Sciences and the Arts (Hot Springs).
• “The Influence of Mamie Till,” by Valley View Junior High School (Jonesboro), Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition finalist.
• “Happiness Is,” by Harrison High School.
• “The Life of Jim Legoman,” by Lakeside Intermediate School (Hot Springs).
Films to be featured Sept. 15 include:
• “Plan C,” by Fayetteville High School, winner of the Thea scholarship for editing.
• “Don’t Be a Victim,” by Harrison High School.
• “The Situation,” by Springdale High School.
• “Jacob’s Story,” by Springdale DistrictTV.
• “Cotham’s Mercantile,” by Lakeside High School (Hot Springs).
• “The Lost Train,” by Lakeside Intermediate School (Hot Springs).
Films to be featured Sept. 22 include:
• “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” by Bentonville High School, Central High Desegregation 60th Anniversary Student Film Competition finalist.
• “A Mother’s Love,” by Lakeside High School (Hot Springs), winner of the Thea scholarship for directing.
• “Oíche: The Night Sky,” by Conway High School.
• “Granny Henderson,” by Harrison Junior High School.
Films to be featured Oct. 6 include:
• “Monte Ne,” by Fayetteville High School, winner of Arkansas Historic Places Film grand prize.
• “History of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church,” by Springdale District Television, winner of Arkansas Historic Places Film first place prize.
• “German Prisoners of War in Arkansas,” by The Delta School (Wilson), winner of Arkansas Historic Places Film second place prize.
This fall AETN Student Selects will also host the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmakers Program. Additional information, submission guidelines, entry deadlines and application forms are available at aetn.org/studentselects.
Now entering its 12th year, “Student Selects” is an annual event that grants these future filmmakers the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streaming on aetn.org, and screening at the Young Filmmakers Showcase and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October.
High school seniors who submit films to AETN’s “Student Selects” may also compete for $10,000 in college scholarships from the Thea Foundation. Thea Foundation awards four $2,500 Young Filmmaker Scholarships to graduating seniors who enter and qualify. This Thea scholarship competition is unique in that it is open to students who attend public, private, charter or home schools, as well as those who have completed their GED. Scholarships will be awarded to the student’s institution of choice, regardless of planned major, GPA or test scores.
In partnership with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Humanities Council, and the Central High National Historic Site ninth through 12th grade students, including homeschooled students, competed for the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize, which accepts only documentaries about historic sites in the state that are 50 or more years old. Prizes awarded included: grand prize, $1,000; first place, $500; second place, $400; third place, $300; and fourth place, $200.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving cultural resources.
The Thea Foundation is a nonprofit, public foundation founded in 2001 by the parents of Thea Kay Leopoulos, Linda and Paul David Leopoulos. The founders and board of directors have adopted the mission of carrying Thea’s legacy forward through advocating the importance of art in the development of youth through educational and promotional activities and to encourage individual participation in art through scholarship, partnership and other programs.
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is committed to preserving and interpreting the story of the 1957 desegregation crisis at historic Central High School as it relates to the larger story of Civil Rights history in America.