UCCS student featured in Al Jazeera America documentary

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It’s a novel concept, although not necessarily the most promising: The teenage son of alligator farmers dreams of escaping his small town in Southern Colorado, is chosen to document his life on film, and ends up being part of a TV series on Al Jazeera America.

But what’s really far-fetched about “Edge of Eighteen” is just how heartbreakingly good it is.

At the time of filming, Brandton Stokely is a high school senior who's been turned down by one of only two universities he's applied to. As he comes to terms with the slim prospects of escaping his hometown of Mosca — an unincorporated community 80 miles west of Trinidad with a population of less than 600 — his story becomes the perfect evocation of small-town ennui.

Stokely is now a UCCS student, and his segment of the series will air twice tonight, at 9 p.m. and midnight, and again on Saturday at 3 p.m. You can read more about it here:

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