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Augusta Smith Selected for Prestigious Internship with Ken Burns’s Florentine Films

Augusta Smith has an internship with Ken Burns this summer. Photo taken at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. April 26, 2017. Augusta Smith has an internship with Ken Burns this summer. Photo taken at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. April 26, 2017.

Entertainment Industry Studies major to work on ‘Country Music’ documentary this summer

Belmont’s motto is “From Here to Anywhere,” and for senior entertainment industry studies major Augusta Smith, that translates into a dream come true as the Alabama native takes her Nashville-based Belmont education to Walpole, New Hampshire this summer. Smith will begin an internship on May 22 with Ken Burns’s Florentine Films where she’ll be working on his “Country Music” documentary, which Belmont is sponsoring.

August Smith met Ken Burns last fall when the filmmaker was on campus at Belmont.

“My dream career right now is to work for a trailer house and make movie trailers,” said Smith, who hails from Fort Payne, Alabama. “I’m hoping this internship introduces me to other people who are already on that path or maybe somebody else that I can just absorb all of their knowledge and hopefully make good friends. Being at Belmont put me with people who have helped shaped my career goals and improve my skills in video editing. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of teachers.”

Barbara Doyle, chair of Belmont’s motion pictures program, said, “This is an amazing opportunity for a student to work for a master documentarian and learn everything that goes on behind the scenes.”

Smith’s internship will be approximately 30 hours per week. Her work will consist of helping with screenings, assisting in script and storyboard preparation and giving feedback on the screenings.

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