Pittsburgh’s Up-and-Coming Filmmakers Honored at Fifth Annual High School Environmental Film Festival
Other winners announced during the festival’s award ceremony, held at the Carnegie Science Center’s Science Stage and emceed by astronaut, physician and environmental studies professor, Dr.
As Grand Prize winner, Boehm received a
The four additional student-filmmaking awards presented included:
- Narrative Award: “License to Conserve” by Hampton High School seniors
Ben Kepner, Sarah Millerand Bryan Seelnachtand freshman Nancy Kepner
- Documentary Award: “Voices of Our Future” by Quaker Valley High School senior
- Communicating Science Award: “A Global Mission” by
MoonArea High School junior David Korotky
- Abstract Award: “Is It Worth It?” by
Mount LebanonHigh School seniors Julie Nascone, Alex Trivilinoand Matt Ulrich
Each of these awards carry a
“The creativity of approach and presentation of the day’s important environmental issues as demonstrated in these remarkable films by
Three Partners Choice Awards Presented
In honor of the fifth anniversary, Bayer Corporation, Carnegie Science Center’s Regional SciTech Initiative and Pittsburgh Filmmakers recognized individuals and organizations with three special “Partners Choice” Awards for their continued support of and/or participation in the competition since its inception. They include:
Robert Rosen, media teacher, Mount Lebanon High School for his unwavering support of and dedication to the C.A.U.S.E. Challenge Film Festival.
Pittsburgh’sHigh School for the Creative and Performing Arts and its digital media instructor Dennis Childersin recognition of the school’s excellence in filmmaking which has consistently raised the bar of the C.A.U.S.E. Challenge Film Festival.
- The Students of Chartiers Valley High School in recognition of their independent spirit and dedication to filmmaking which has garnered them top prizes at the C.A.U.S.E. Challenge Film Festival.
“We are proud to be celebrating with our partners the fifth annual C.A.U.S.E. Challenge Film Festival,” said
“This competition allows students to explore science and technology through a unique arts-oriented experience. It complements the energy and mission of Carnegie Science Center’s Regional SciTech Initiative – to promote understanding and awareness of wide-ranging opportunities in these fields,” said
“The art of the moving image dominates our cultural language, and this generation has been raised with literacy in it,” said
About the C.A.U.S.E. Challenge(TM) High School Film Festival
The C.A.U.S.E. Challenge Film Festival invites high school students – either individually or in teams of up to four – to write, produce and edit a video or film (five-minute maximum length) on the theme “Mutual Impact: The Environment and You.” The C.A.U.S.E. Challenge provides a platform for high school students who are not necessarily on a science track to become more scientifically and environmentally aware using the non-traditional, yet powerful tool of film or video. The filmmaking process also helps students develop their creative voice, master basic skills – such as researching, reading, writing and speaking – and build important science literacy skills like critical thinking, problem solving and team working.
Films were judged by an independent panel consisting of
They based their judging on a variety of criteria, including 1) the film’s message, 2) ability to deliver the message, 3) connection to the
About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense(R)
The C.A.U.S.E. Challenge(TM) High School Film Festival is one component of Bayer’s award-winning, company-wide Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) program which advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education. Currently, 12 Bayer sites around the country operate local Making Science Make Sense programs, which together represent a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees.
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in
Carnegie Science Center’s Regional SciTech Initiative conducts programs and events for all ages that promote interest in and awareness of regional science and technology development and career opportunities, as well as a knowledgeable, inspired public. Programs showcase
The diverse programs connect visitors with leading scientists and technologists in a fun, dynamic atmosphere. Students and teachers (middle and high school) families, college students and adults engage in interactive exhibit booths by corporations, universities, and community organizations, as well as provocative panel discussions, science demos and exciting arts performances.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers is a regional community resource and one of the oldest and largest media art centers in the country. It is committed to the artist and the understanding and advancement of artistic excellence in film, video, photographic and digital expression. It accomplishes this through programs in exhibition, artist membership services, and education
Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ School of Film, Photography and Digital Media offers one of the most complete professional training programs in the country. Classes are offered in film, video, photography and digital arts and are open to the public and can be taken for college credit. Pittsburgh Filmmakers is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
For more information, please call the C.A.U.S.E. Challenge Hotline at 412-777-5791 or visit www.SciTechSpec.org.
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