New York-basedentertainment company Madstone has launched a film school editing programmethat will allow students to experiment on footage from Aaron Woodley's upcomingcoming-of-age drama Rhinoceros Eyes.

The picture,which is the first to emerge from the Madstone Directors Programme and won the2003 Toronto Film Festival Discovery Award, will serve as the basis for a filmediting lab at nine film schools in the US.

Students willget access to all 50 hours of completed Rhinoceros Eyes footage, two complete original scores,three different voice-over tracks and copies of the shooting script.

"Some filmmakerswould be nervous to let their footage out," Woodley, who took 11 months to edithis picture, said in a statement. "It's like showing their dirty laundry. ButI'm excited to see what the students do."

RhinocerosEyes is set to open inlimited release on Apr 23 and centres on a reclusive young prop house employeewho falls in love with a production designer.

Participating schools areNew York University, University of Southern California, Emerson College,Columbia College, University of Georgia, University of Tampa, University ofDenver (Colorado University Film School), University of Colorado at Boulder,and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.