Washington, D.C.—The GI Film Festival (GIFF) has selected five winners from this year’s “Heroes Remembered: Voices of Korean War Veterans” oral history high school education initiative. High School students were challenged to submit a 3-5 minute film capturing the story of American Korean War Veterans. The contest was held in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DoD) 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee.
“We are pleased that high schools around the country and world—California, Virginia, Oregon, Guam, Korea—now have a better appreciation of what the Veterans of the Korean War endured over 60 years ago,” said COL David J. Clark, Director, DoD 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. “The stories the students were able to capture are a priceless contribution to preserving our American history.”
The top five films select films will be showcased as official selections, during the 7th Annual GI Film Festival on Friday 10 May. In addition to screening at the festival, each of the five finalists will receive a $500 cash scholarship from the GI Film Festival.
“We are honored to be able to award these students for their creative work honoring our men and women in uniform,” said Laura Law-Millett, the director of the GI Film Festival. “The quality of their films and how they were able to capture the mission of the festival in only 3-5 minutes was extremely impressive.”
The top five film winners are:
Meagan Arnold, from Stephens City, Virginia; Kyle Plummer, from Cambria, California; Dakotah Thrall, from Milwaukie, Oregon; Aaron Long, from Findlay, Ohio; and Jan Domingo, from Santa Rita, Guam. They will be awarded their prizes following their films’ debut.
Honorable mentions were also awarded to Alex Lowry from McLean, VA, Jarrod Meyer, from Aberdeen, Ohio; Lisa Kobzina fron Naples, Florida; Bobby Kim, from Seoul, Korea and Hannah Morris, from Seoul Korea.
The mission of Heroes Remembered: Voices of the Korean War oral history project is to educate the high school students about the sacrifices endured by Veterans of the Korean War and to preserve their stories on film. Films were selected by entertainment industry experts who judged the entries based on creativity, technical merits and adherence to the mission of this oral history project.
The 7th Annual GI Film Festival runs from 6-12 May 2013 in Washington DC. For more information please visit www.gifilmfestival.com. For more information about the Department of Defense (DoD) 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, please visit www.koreanwar60.com.
HONOR the service and sacrifice of Korean War Veterans.
COMMEMORATE the key events of the war – both historic battles and offensives as well as important technological and medical advances.
EDUCATE the American people about the significance of the Korean War.
– Make a 3-5 minute video about an American Korean War Hero
– Upload to your favorite site (youtube or vimeo) and send in the link to our submission site
– Send in your video link by the March 15, 2013 deadline
– Videos will preserve history and educate about the Korean War
– All qualifying videos will be featured on the DoD 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration
website and seen on-line by a world-wide audience
– 5 select videos will be judged by a panel of entertainment industry executives, as well as selected as official
entries to the 2013 GI Film Festival and presented with a cash prize ($500)