Video Gala Event Draws Awareness to Diversity and World Issues

Video Gala Event Draws Awareness to Diversity and World Issues

The first-annual in:sight Video Contest

Contest winners (pictured l to r) – 3rd prize Elliot Moseley for “Staying on Key;” 2nd prize Ben Bauger for “Ed Carpenter;” and 1st prize Eric Bing for “Color.” The contest theme – “You don’t need sight to have a vision.”  (Photo by Rajmund Dabrowski)  

“Do we understand the world of people who are blind?” Six student film makers responded to this question in their submissions to the first-annual in:sight Video Contest. The competition, cosponsored by Lincoln, Nebraska-based Union College and Christian Record Services for the Blind, offered students the opportunity to produce three-minute videos that were appraised by a panel of six judges. The jury consisted of communication professionals from the two sponsoring organizations, filmmakers, and a community representative who is blind.

The video gala, held at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lincoln, drew a standing-room only crowd of more than 300 students and members of the community at 10 p.m. in the church’s Heartland Hall.

The event included presentation of all student video submissions, a keynote address by filmmaker Terry Benedict, and a premiere showing of “The Economics of Poverty,” Benedict’s documentary project that explores the relationship between the caste system of Nepal and the widespread, devastating poverty that can lead to human trafficking.

First prize, and a $1,000 check, went to “Color” by Eric Bing, a biomedical science college senior who portrayed an evolution of understanding how losing eyesight, a result of a drunk-driving accident, moved a young couple to accept a new reality and each other’s limitations. View the video.

“Ed carpenter,” a film short by Ben Baugher, won second prize. The video showcased Baugher’s uncle Ed, a legally blind military veteran who enjoyed making wooden boxes and pens in his carpenter shop.  View the video.

Third prize went to “Staying on Key” by Elliott Moseley, whose stop motion video made use of Lego® figures to tell the story of a man who wanted his piano tuned and, after two unsuccessful efforts, calls a tuner who is blind to complete the work. View the video. The second and third prizes came with checks of $500 and $250, respectively.

The student filmmakers were invited to submit their creative work to the SonScreen Film Festival, an annual event held at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, California. The latest SonScreen contest theme, “Chronicles: Stories That Speak Truth and Change Lives,” was announced at the awards gala by Dan Weber, Associate Communication Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America.

“All video shorts treated the subject very seriously, but in a medium which today is pervasively embraced and enjoyed by today’s generation. Creativity was oozing from the screen, to the audience’s delight,” commented Rajmund Dabrowski, Assistant to the President for Marketing at Christian Record. The reception of the video contest drew calls to hold it annually, the possibility of which is being considered by both Christian Record and Union College.

The late-evening event kept many of the participants engaged in conversations about the potential such a competition offers. “Creativity was the winner tonight. And so was the serious engagement with embracing our human differences,” Dabrowski added.

Benedict commended the contestants who did not come through the communication curriculum track at the college. “It was especially good to see the science students and others show their interest and creativity,” he said.

“What a fantastic evening,” commented Larry Pitcher, President of Christian Record. “I attended the event, not knowing what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised and engaged in what the film makers were sharing. I appreciate how each video embraced blind people as people first. We are grateful to Union College for joining us in this contest.” he added. [Jeri Lyn Rogge]

Jeri Lyn Rogge
Christian Record, Communication Department 

Mon, 06/17/2019 – 13:02

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