See Endorsements Below

News Events

MAPS Works gives students the tools to shine

MAPS Welcomes New season with Open House

MAPS Success Leads to Promotions for Staff

MAPS Ranked in Top 50 of Afterschool Programs

Variety: MAPS Offers World of Opportunities

MAPS Founder Receives Silver Circle Award

MAPS Set to Host Film Festival Program

DUI Taskforce and MAPS Collaborate on PSA about Over-serving Alcohol

MAPS to have booth at county fair

MAPS founder Peter Rosten joins MT Ambassadors

MAPS program wins more awards for student films

Two MAPS films nominated Arts and Entertainment awards

The MAPS Mobile: Media on the Move

Ravalli County Declares April 16 'MAPS Day'

The New York Times: Retiree Story on MAPS Founder

MAPS offering entrepreneur class

MAPS to produce videos encouraging tourism

MAPS graduate receives three Emmy Awards

‘GRIMM’ program delights MAPS students

MAPS Appears in Emmy Magazine

MAPS Documentary Darby Breakfast Program

MAPS National Award Finalist

Purpose Prize Award

Academy Awards Education Grants

MAPS produces PSAs for two clients

MAPS film nominated for regional Emmy

MAPS produces videos for variety of clients

Students attend Hatch Festival 2011

Jake Rowley Merit Award Recipients

Photos from Student Film Festival 2011

MAPS to present student film festival at Pharaohplex

MAPS students produce documentary to air on PBS

Photos: Film Class 2011

MAPS program turns pro-bono work into class

Paramount Pictures Marketing Executive Jeremy Sauter visits MAPS

Nancy Schweitzer ad production stills

Parade photos

MAPS featured in Main Street Montana

County health video to be filmed by MAPS


Montana Arts Council

Steele-Reese Foundation

Montana Gear Up


MAPS Parent

HHS Principal

Montana Gear Up

Bitterroot Youth Home


Montana Arts Council

Hamilton School District

Purpose Prize Committee

Montana Arts Council

MT Office of Public Instruction

State Farm

US Department of Education

North Valley Public Library

MAPS Chronicles

MAPS begins production


Lights, Camera, Education

MAPS Media Institiute shifts into high gear

MAPS students write, produce several PSAs for two clients

By DAVID ERICKSON - Ravalli Republic

The students at the MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton have been busy for the past several weeks writing, acting in, directing and shooting several public service announcements for two major clients: State Farm Insurance and the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

The students were given broad themes from State Farm to choose from, and the actual content matter of the spots was left up to the filmmakers. They have been busy working on features on drunk driving, disaster preparedness and distracted driving. The spots will be put up on State Farm’s website once they are finished.

Hamilton High School senior Cody Tredik, who is among the students working on the PSAs, said it’s been a fun but hectic week.

“We’ve enjoyed it a lot,” he said. “It’s been going very good. To come up with the ideas, we sat down with (MAPS creative director) Jeremy Sauter, and had a little think tank session and that turned into some big ideas. For the drunk-driving spot, we decided we would have someone in a big beer bottle suit, and they would be leaving a party, and they would try to get into the car but couldn’t because of the suit.”

The students used a green screen for the party in the background, and they also used the green screen in the distracted driving PSA.

“On Monday, the Hamilton Armory let us film there,” said MAPS executive director Laura Henderson. “We needed a big indoor space, and it was awesome that they let us go in there. We had been filming all week, and we actually ran out of daylight.”

For the distracted driving PSA, the students filmed an actor (also a student) driving in a car with the green screen serving as the surrounding environment.

“Our main character was on the cell phone, and we’ll have some real hands pop out messing with their hair,” Tredik said. “It looked great.”

The Montana OPI asked the MAPS program to do a spot for their “Graduation Matters Montana” campaign, and the students decided they will create a motion graphic PSA that will be televised later this year.

“We have four classes that are working on each PSA,” Tredik said. “The Graduation Matters PSA will be done as a motion animation by the motion design class.”

The MAPS Media Institute is a nonprofit after-school program designed to teach students real-world media arts skills. For more information, visit online at