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Kids can act for change, adventure in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Three Vail Valley nonprofit groups have teamed to help students illustrate how they might impact their communities or how they find adventure in their daily lives.

The groups, SOS Outreach, Expeditionary Learning Schools of Eagle County Schools and Public Access TV 5, pooled their resources to create the “Youth Change 180” film contest. Students in grades six to 12 can learn about the video-making process and submit videos, which will be judged by professionals.

The contest includes two categories – change and adventure. Students must either show how they might cause a 180-degree change in their community or tell a story about how they find adventures in their daily lives.

I want to “prompt students to tell their story about making change happen in their community,” said Arn Menconi, SOS Outreach director. “Too often people claim that youth are too young or don’t have the resources to instigate change or show us their talents. We know differently.”

Both categories are limited to 180 seconds of video. The deadline to submit a video is June 1 with winners announced on June 30, the 180th day of the year.

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Judges include filmmakers Warren Miller and Travis Milloy, extreme skier Chris Anthony, producer Bart Garton, cameraman Gary Scrip and Eagle County School District staff members Seth Jones and Matt Earle.

The winning films in each category will be screened at the Expeditionary Learning School’s Film Fest in 2010 and appear on Channel 5. Winners will get prizes and the opportunity to meet local filmmakers.

Students interested in producing and submitting a video also may participate in free field equipment workshops on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Public Access TV 5 in Avon. These workshops teach students to use cameras, microphones, lights and more.

“Our goal is to become a resource for youth and adults who want to learn video production skills and express their ideas,” said J.K. Perry, Public Access TV 5 executive director. “We want to throw open our doors to the public and get people involved. We offer schools, nonprofits or really anybody the opportunity to come in and learn video skills and express their ideas.”

More workshops, including one on video editing, will be added in the near future.

For more information or to sign up, contact Holly Woods at 970-328-2755 or

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