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Austin-East Magnet High School Film Wins Emmy Award

On Jan. 31, 2015, a film produced at Austin-East Magnet High School was awarded a regional Emmy® Award through the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Midsouth Chapter organization. The film promotes the performing arts program at the school and was in the award category, Information/Instructional Program. To view the film, visit the school’s website, and click on the “AE Showcase Video.”

The informational film was premiered in December 2013 during an Austin-East arts showcase event to promote the performing arts program at the school. It was co-written and produced by Olivia Riggins, Magnet Coordinator and Dance Teacher at Austin-East Magnet High School, and co-written and directed by Tyler Hays, local cinematographer and owner of Tyler Hays Creative.

The Midsouth Chapter serves North Carolina, Tennessee and northern Alabama. Other nominees in the Information/Instructional Program category included Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Peabody College and WZTV Fox 17 in Nashville.

Performing arts at Austin-East Magnet High School include a competitive theatre team, marching band, choir, dance company and West African Dance and Drum Ensemble.