Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship

Our 2020 program has officially wrapped up. Learn more about these young filmmakers and what they’ve been up to.

What's the EPA?

The Tallgrass Film Association Class of 2020 Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship (EPA), is headed by Education and Outreach & Technology Manager Thane Chastain, assisted by Tallgrass Projection Coordinator Naythan Smith, and is presented by Scholfield Honda.

Our 2020 EPAs will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with professionals in the film industry, covering a wide range of topics including: film criticism, directing, producing, screenwriting, audio production, lighting, camera technique, video editing and more.

Along with these interactive classes, our EPAs will be provided hands-on learning opportunities, including:

  • Screening and reviewing more than 125 movies submitted by their peers to the 18th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival (Oct. 16-25). These reviews will help shape the Joel Fein Emerging Filmmakers Shorts Program at the festival, as the program will be curated with the assistance of our EPAs.
  • Conducting their own internal Film Race.

Successful students will receive an all-access TALLPass in exchange for their participation in the program, as well as an additional all-access pass for a parent or guardian.

Important Dates

The online application site was available March 15 – April 24 (closing that day at 5 pm). Accepted applicants were announced Monday, April 27.

Classes are scheduled to meet the following Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. (2 hours) beginning with Orientation on Saturday, May 9th through the festival.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, all 2020 sessions are being hosted on Zoom.


  • June 6, 13, 20
  • July 11, 18, 25
  • August 1, 8, 15
  • September 12,19, 26
  • Festival is October 16-25

2020 Scholfield Emerging Programmer Apprentices

Maya Torres

Wichita Collegiate School

Cahill Jones

Kapaun Mt.Carmel High School

Hayden Munro

Wichita Northwest High School

Charlie Hale

Wichita East High School

Magan Stuhr

Wichita East High School

Adam Bosworth

Wichita North High School

Leo Larson

Wichita Northwest High School

Jarod Hudson

Wichita East High School

Zayden Tomson

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School

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