Local filmmakers win top awards

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Five local elementary students earned top distinction for short films they submitted during the 2018 One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest — an initiative of the One Earth Film Festival that is designed to engage young people in exploring solutions to climate change. Contestants, who ranged from grade school to college students, submitted 115 videos in all by the contest's Jan. 14 deadline.

Four Longfellow Elementary School students took home a $75 top prize in their category. Evan Richarson, Rachel Kralik, Carolina Rios and Capri Scatton won for their 45-second stop-motion Claymation, "Go Green, Go Clean," which they created during their teacher Jenny Raia's art classes.

Roosevelt Middle School student Andrew Edwards won a $100 prize for his roughly 4-minute film, "Plastic Not Fantastic," which he produced as an extra credit assignment with his science teacher, Cory Kadlec. 

The students' prize money was supplemented by matching amounts that were donated to organizations that do work in support of the films' themes. 

 Michael Romain  

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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