One Earth Film Festival Announces Young Filmmakers Contest Winners
Students from Oak Park River Forest High School, Trinity High School, Interlochen Arts Academy (MI), Brooks Middle School, Sandburg Middle School (Elmhurst), and Willard School will win top prizes in the One Earth Our Earth Young Filmmakers Contest during the One Earth Film Festival, March 4-6.
Winning films will premiere and filmmakers will receive cash awards at two ceremonies, one for high school at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Columbia College, Ferguson Lecture Hall, Room 101, 600 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago, and the other for elementary and middle school winners (high school winners will also be shown) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park.
Fifteen-year old Liam Loughran won the high school level for his concise, 3-minute, 42-second film, “Transportation.” In it, he extolls the environmental virtues of public transportation while showing cars, trains and buses from a variety of visual angles: aerial, ground, and even the exterior of a moving train. He intersperses stop motion explanations with colored paper cutouts while he narrates the facts and figures, showing that public transport is cheaper, healthier, and ultimately reduces global warming.
Liam’s film will be shown three times during the One Earth Film Festival, March 4-6. The debut screening will be at the Green Carpet Gala, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St., in Chicago. Saturday, March 5, it will appear at the Young Filmmakers Contest High School Awards at Columbia College. Finally, to inspire younger filmmakers, it will be screened at the elementary and middle school level ceremony, Sunday, at Oak Park Public Library.
Liam’s winnings include a $250 check and an additional $250 matching gift, which he plans to donate to Active Transportation Alliance.