Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship

Our 2021 program is underway! Class starts June 5!

What's the EPA?

The Tallgrass Film Association Class of 2021 Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship (EPA), is headed by Education and Outreach Manager Thane Chastain and Technology Coordinator, Naythan Smith.

Our 2021 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 19th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival (Oct. 20-24). 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 was open through 5 pm May 21st.

The 2021 class members are listed below.


  • Orientation for the 2021 class will be from 2-4 pm, Saturday June 5, 2021 at Groover Labs
  • Subsequent classes will be on most Saturdays from 2-4 pm through Saturday, September 11.
  • Students selected for the 2021 session will have a good deal of influence over the topics covered each week.

2021 Emerging Programmer Apprentices

Adam Bosworth

Wichita North High School

Alex Backus

Wichita Southeast High School

Cahill Jones

Kapaun Mt.Carmel High School

Hayden Munro

Wichita Northwest High School

Henry Quayle

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School

Jarod Hudson

Wichita East High School

Leo Larson

Wichita Northwest High School

Magan Stuhr

Wichita East High School

Maya Torres

Wichita Collegiate School

Sabrina Wilson

Wichita Collegiate School

Taryn Cross

Wichita East High School

Wyatt Carmichael

Wichita East High School

Zayden Tomson

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School

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