Student videos capture awards at new festival

Nine HRVHS students screened their current video productions at the Hood River County Education Foundation First Annual Independent Film Festival. Student videos were produced as an extension of a Video Production class taught by Shawn Meyle. Several films featured action across many local sports — snowboard, skiing, kite boarding, and surfing. The Festival was co-sponsored by Second Wind Sports, who provided prizes as well as a professional film of surfing in the Aleutian Islands.

Other sponsors included Zeal Optics, Dakine, and Stoked Coffee.

HRVHS graduate Eric Nance, who created the HRVHS Official Music Video for the Class of 2013, spoke to the students about the post-high school professional opportunities that video production students might consider. The video, “Eagle Nation,” a performance of an original song, was also shown.

The “People’s Choice” award went to the video “Vision” by Austin Keillor. Audience members voted with tokens to select this winner.

“The quality of these student films was excellent. The Education Foundation is proud to sponsor this event that focuses on a different aspect of our students’ accomplishments,” said AJ Kitt, the Film Festival coordinator.

Following the student videos and the Alaska surfing film, prizes were awarded. The winners were:

Grand Prize $500 College Scholarship — Andrew Clark, “In the Court of the South Moon,” a stop-action animation video.

First Runner Up —Willem Dickinson, “Action Reel,”local snow board, kite board and skateboard action.

Second Runner Up — Lewis Taylor, “Indi Film 1,” the restoration of a surfboard.

Third Runner Up -—Austin Keillor, “Vision,” kite boarding in Mexico.

Hood River County Education Foundation provided the organization and funding for the Film Fest. HRCEF is a local foundation, funded by donors, that provides college scholarships, teacher grants and special programs for students in the school district.



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