Carl Kurlander, Executive Producer at Steeltown Entertainment Project, recently shared an exciting update with us about the Take a Shot! at Changing the World, a contest that challenges middle and high school students from across Western Pennsylvania to create short videos responding to social issues.
This year, Take a Shot! focused on Pittsburgh Innovations, the environment, and students’ big ideas to change the world. Students from more than 20 schools in the region made over 50 films, and we are just so excited about the quality of the movies this year and how passionate these young people are in changing their world.
We’re giving away $10,000 in prizes, $2,000 of which is determined by online voting. We are currently in the midst of our online voting period. We encourage everyone to check out these inspiring videos and vote for their favorites.
You can view the videos and vote online at the Take A Shot website. The deadline for voting is May 15, 2012.
The idea behind Take a Shot! was to encourage students to use technology and film as a way to raise awareness about causes important to them, learn about and promote the region, and to spur social change. It has been so gratifying to see that young people strive to do good and really do want to make a difference in the world.
Contestwinners will be announced at the “Take a Shot at Changing the World” Film Festival on May 20th, 2 PM, at the Heinz History Center, where we will also feature films from all attendees. We’d love to have anyone in the network join us. RSVP to attend by sending a message to Rachel@steeltown.org.