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Documenting adventure via film in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The expeditionary learning schools in Colorado’s Vail Valley are partnering with Public Access TV5 to host a film contest.

The film contest will begin this month and run through April 2010. Students and adults are invited to submit film entries that document adventure in the world. Cash and other prizes will be given to winners of films entered into the student (18 years and younger) and adult categories. The entry fee is $20 per film.

Public Access TV5 will be offering free video production and editing workshops monthly to all film contest entrants.

Winning films will be aired on Public Access TV5, along with other local media, and will be shown at the Expeditionary Learning Mountain FilmFest 2010.

“It’s exciting to partner with the Expeditionary Learning Schools in Eagle County Schools to showcase the opportunities at the schools and also at Public Access TV5,” said Public Access TV5 General Manager J.K. Perry.

All filmmakers are asked to create a film documenting adventure that is three to 15 minutes in length, is of sufficient quality to be aired on TV, and is “rated” G or PG. All films need to be produced by an Eagle County resident, but are not required to be filmed in Eagle County. Films will be judged by a panel including local filmmakers Bart Garton and Gary Scrip, along with local extreme skier and BMHS alumnus Chris Anthony.

Expeditionary learning teacher Christina Gosselin is excited that students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops offered by TV5.

“Students get to learn from experts in the field of video production. That is the heart of expeditionary learning,” Gosselin said.

The Expeditionary Learning Schools use learning expeditions to create common themes across all core subjects. Learning expeditions are guided by compelling questions about history, society and environment while integrated into traditional courses of reading, writing, math and science. Relevant fieldwork helps students explore the meaning of academic content in contemporary culture.

Sign up for the film contest at the Mountain FilmFest on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards. To enter the contest or learn more about the Mountain FilmFest, call 970-328-2755 or e-mail

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