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Submit now for the 2018 EPA program

About the Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship Program

As a member of the Tallgrass Film Festival Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship Team you will influence whether a film makes it into the festival. Specifically, you will play an integral role in programming the Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program (films made by filmmakers 18 and younger), as well as an in-school festival screening. You will also deliberate on the Best Emerging Filmmaker Short Film Awards.

In addition, the 2018 EPA Program will include the following educational components:

•    Filmmaking Workshop Series – with local and visiting filmmakers, focusing on local and national resources and filmmaking techniques.

•     Hands-on Filmmaking Lab to produce PSAs for the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival.

  • Access to learning opportunities at Shocker Studios for more hands-on filmmaking experiences.

•    Instruction and mentorship from Tallgrass Programmers including film introductions and filmmaker Q&A tutorials.

•    Opportunity to participate in the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival.

•     Exclusive interactions with the Tallgrass Filmmaker Advisory Board members.

Being an EPA requires a substantial commitment (approximately 100 hours in around 6 months). Please review the following responsibilities, details and proposed schedule provided:

 

Apprenticeship Responsibilities

•    Attend the group screening sessions, meetings, workshops, filmmaking labs. Please see proposed tentative schedule.

•    Watch and review high school films available for online screening.

•    Complete (at least 100) reviews of short and feature films, with helpful and thoughtful comments.

•    Participate in the filmmaking labs to create PSAs for the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival.

•    Regularly check email and respond to inquiries in a timely manner.

•    Keep screening of films confidential!

•    Share information about TFA events and opportunities on social media and on campus.

•    Attend the Tallgrass Film Festival, October 17-21, 2018.

•    Volunteer a minimum of 8 hours for the Festival. These hours can be split between pre-fest,  festival and post-fest work.

In return, EPAs get the chance to view the films they helped select, at the Festival, October 17-21, 2018.  You will receive an EPA Pass for the festival, plus one TALLPass for a parent or guardian. In some circumstances, this program may be considered for volunteer hours (based on your school’s requirements.) Please bring in any forms/paperwork and discuss with Tallgrass Staff.

 

Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship

"I think this program is unique in our country. It is a very rare opportunity for kids to get involved in the REAL film world. We had real responsibilities, like introducing films, and hosting Q&A sessions, and we became comfortable talking about films with people other than our peers." - Peter Daood, The Independent School

2017 EPA Members

Adelynn Martin, Wichita East High School, Class of 2021

Top 3:

  • Tickled
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Martian
Adler Moss, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Class of 2020

Top 3:

  • Stalker
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Sergio Leone)
  • Pather Panchali
Andrew Kivett, Trinity Academy, Class of 2018

Top 3:

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Swiss Army Man
Caitlyn Cody, Augusta High School, Class of 2018

Top 3:

  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Dead Poet's Society
  • Citizen Kane

The Requirements

To qualify for the Emerging Filmmaker Apprenticeship, you must be a Wichita-area (within driving distance) middle or high school student, aged 12-18. Being an EPA requires a substantial commitment (approximately 75 hours which ecompasses all aspects of the program,) and students will be responsible for completing a certain percentage of hours. There is no cost to participate.

Caleb Milby, Rose Hill High School, Class of 2019

Top 3:

  • Lord of The Rings Trilogy
  • The Book of Eli
  • Inception
Camiela Bacha, Bishop Caroll Catholic High School, Class of 2018

Top 3:

  • Whiplash
  • Dead Poet's Society
  • West Side Story
Hannah Ezell, Wichita East High School, Class of 2019

Top 3:

  • Avatar
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Arrival
Micah Streeter, Rose Hill High School, Class of 2019

Top 3:

  • Dial M for Murder
  • The Age of Innocence
  • The Squid and the Whale
Niko Chapas, Wichita Collegiate School, Class of 2017

Top 3:

  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Primer
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Peter Daood, The Independent School, Class of 2020

Top 3:

  • Band of Robbers
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ryan Edwards, Wichita Collegiate School, Class of 2020

Top 3:

  • The Shining
  • The Evil Dead II
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Shaemus Cowan, Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Class of 2021

Top 3:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Rocky
  • Inglorius Basterds
Taylan Huslig, Homeschool, Class of 2021

Top 3:

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Super 8
  • Now You See Me
Trenton Tabor, Wichita Northwest High School, Class of 2019

Top 3:

  • The Godfather
  • Rebel Without A Cause
  • Reservoir Dogs
William Rowley, The Independent School, Class of 2018

Top 3:

  • Apocolypse Now
  • Interstellar
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
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