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May 24, 2011 > Local students win at Youth Film Festival

Local students win at Youth Film Festival

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A video short entitled "Freedoms in Motion," produced by three students from James Logan High School in Union City, recently won the Judge's Choice Award at the seventh annual Project YouthView Film Festival in Alameda.

The video, produced by students Ignatius "Iggy" Nguyen, Mei-Guang "MG" Chen and Ryan Quilala, was one of 10 finalists shown at the festival, selected from more than 60 submissions.

The three Logan students received $500, a private tour of Pixar Studios and a copy of Adobe Master Collection 5, multi-media presentation software valued at $1,600.

It was the third time that a Logan entry has reached the finals and the second time the school has won the Judges Choice Award, according to James Rardin, Electronic Media Production teacher at the high school.

Judges for the finals included the popular actor William H. Macy. The Logan students "received a personal text message from him about how much he liked their video," Mr. Rardin said.

The judges panel - which also included actor Steve Buscemi, actress Pauley Perrette, Terence Winter of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and Def Jam founder and Phat Farm clothing creator Russell Simmons - made their selection based on media/technical achievement, subject area content, creativity and innovation.

Proceeds from Project YouthView benefit the multi-media programs of Alternatives in Action, an East Bay non-profit that works with youth who have leadership potential and prepares them for college, career and community. "Freedoms in Motion" can be seen on YouTube.

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