Released on: January 26, 2015, 11:10 am (EST)
Industry: Education

Hamden, CT, January 26, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Arianna McDaniels is a student at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) in the New Haven Public School District and takes pride in her digital media projects. She currently is a student for 21st century technology skills, where her drive for filmmaking began. 2015 is the year that dawns light for this student filmmaker as she makes her way to the top.

Ms. McDaniels’ winning film captures the essence of the Cantinas Entertainment national competition. From her personalized camera angles to simplistic text, she successfully reminds us that anyone can be a hero, even with the smallest act of kindness. To view Ms. McDaniels’ award winning film, please visit

Leon Tynes is the head of the ESUMS High School award winning technology department and is also a mentor for students like Arianna McDaniels. As part of the curriculum, students submit their projects to competitions that widen their audience and provide critique by technology and digital media experts. Mr. Tynes is delighted about the remarkable videos his students developed for the Cantinas Entertainment Competition. He cannot be more proud of Arianna for her win and he urges her to continue to develop in the craft.

ESUMS Principal Medria Blue-Ellis said in response to the win, "I am so very proud of Arianna, Mr. Tynes and the ESUMS technology department. They inspire all at ESUMS to work harder and achieve greater than what you can imagine. I also thank Cantinas Entertainment for engaging our students in a challenge that spoke to their creative genius."

As McDaniels celebrates this achievement, she is in the production phase of several other quality films. This young cinematographer is also a semi-finalist for National Coalition Against Censorship's youth competition. (

About Cantinas Entertainment, LLC
Cantinas Entertainment is a fully-funded new business venture dedicated to releasing multi-platform entertainment that inspires and informs through positive, life affirming stories. Cantinas believes entertainment should reinforce messages of selfless giving, elevating stories of compassion heroism and optimism. Cantinas aims to spark a sense of hope in audiences around the globe. For more info about Cantinas Entertainment, please visit

About the School
The Engineering and Science University High School is a public college preparatory high school. Students are challenge to imagine, investigate, and invent, while being prepared for demanding science, technology, engineering, and math programs at a collegiate level. For more info about ESUMS, please visit

Contact-Details: ESUMS
Teresa Flowers
130 B Leeder Hill Drive
Hamden, CT 06517

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