UA film ‘Buen Camino’ wins Telly Awards, will soon be shown on AETN


An award-winning short documentary film produced at the University of Arkansas will soon have its broadcast premier on television.

Buen Camino, produced by the University of Arkansas Honors College in collaboration with University Relations, will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) three times in August:

  • Sunday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

The 25-minute documentary follows 18 honors students who set off on the medieval Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through France and Spain. Along the way the students present their research at spectacular cathedrals, castles and convents, brave a trek through a Pyrenean thunderstorm, and get out of their comfort zone by trying Spanish pulpo. From Paris to the “End of the Earth,” the students got a two-week crash course in medieval architecture, history and music and learned a thing or two about themselves as well.

“Buen Camino is a fun and inspiring story, and really well done,” said Larry Foley, chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, and a project adviser. “The students, faculty and the remarkable locations take center stage. A must-see for lovers of history and culture.”

In June, the film won four awards in the 40th Annual Telly Awards, including a Gold Telly in the “Television: Educational Institution” category, one of two films to be honored in the nation.

Members of the film’s creative team also earned three silver Tellys in the television category for Videography/Cinematography, Writing, and Voiceover. The voiceover award went to Jacob Purifoy for his narration. As an honors biology major, Purifoy had no professional experience with voice acting before the project.

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