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Winners - Professional Category

Best of Festival
The Art of Life: Dan Eldon in Africa
Special Hero Award: Dan Eldon
Produced by Charles Tsai

Excerpt from a moving film about Dan Eldon, an artist, photojournalist and humanitarian who was killed on assignment in 1993 when he was only 22 years old.

Small (15 MB) / Large (37 MB) - 5 Minutes

2nd Place
From Beirut... To Those Who Love Us
Special Hero Award: Studio of Beirut DC
Produced by Studio of Beirut DC

A message about peace from the Middle East.

Small (12.2 MB) / Large (22.5 MB) - 4.49 Minutes
2nd Place
Special Hero Award: Liz Murray
Produced by Anson Schloat and John G. Young

Liz Murray overcomes her difficult childhood to win a scholarship to go to college.

Small (7.4 MB) / Large (24.6 MB) - 4.20 Minutes
3rd Place
Jesus... A Soldier Without a Country
Special Hero Award: Fernando Suarez
Produced by Sally Marr & Peter Dudar

A piece about the war in Iraq and the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for it.

Small (12.9 MB) / Large (26.7 MB) - 5.21 Minutes
Honorable Mention
Dr. Willie
Special Hero Award: Dr. Willie
Produced by Linda McLean & Debra Roberts of Little Pearls

Willie was just an ordinary dog, but now, he is a certified pet therapist!

Small (5 MB) / Large (5 MB) - 30 seconds

Winners - Community Category
1st Place
Healing Waters (Jeff and Wendy
Dean's Guatemalan Adventure)

Special Hero Award: Healing Waters
Produced by Bryce Boyer, Jeremy Phillips & Tom Larson

Jeff and Wendy Dean travel to Guatemala to research the issue of clean water.

Small (25.3 MB) / Large (14.1 MB) - 7.56 Minutes
2nd Place
Why Violence
Special Hero Award: BAYCAT Students
Produced by Will Hammond & Ariel Dovas Instructors

Students in Will Hammond's MYTV class at BAYCAT express their ideas about Violence.

Small (8.5 MB) / Large (22.5 MB) - 5 Minutes
3rd Place
Painting Peace
Special MY HERO Reporter
Award: Slater Jewell-Kemker

Produced by Slater Jewell-Kemker

Painting a Peace mural for the Art-Miles-Mural-Project.

Small (8 MB) / Large (13MB) - 4 Minutes
3rd Place
Peer Pressure
Produced by Will Hammond & Ariel Dovas Instructors

BAYCAT students in Will Hammond's MYTV class address issues of peer pressure.

Small (12 MB) / Large (34 MB) - 5 Minutes

Winners - Student / Teacher Category
1st Place
Mother Mary
Special Hero Award: Mother Mary
Produced by Cheikh Darou Seck from Senegal, AFRICA

Mother Mary works to help children affected by AIDS in Senegal.

Small (15.9 MB) / Large (29.8 MB) - 6.29 Minutes
2nd Place
Our Hero Vladimir
Special Hero Award: Vladimir Kalinin
Produced by Elena, Xenia and Andrey from Belarus

Elena and Xenia interview their hero, Vladimir Kalinin.

Small (19.5 MB) / Large (35.4 MB) - 7.37 Minutes

Winners - College Student Category
1st Place
Being Big Uncle
Produced by by Olubusola Ajayi

Jimi Solanke, or "Big Uncle," is a Nigerian musician and actor who inspires others through storytelling. This is a tribute inspired by Big Uncle.

Small (17 MB) / Large (24 MB) - 6 Minutes
2nd Place
Stan Ostern
Special Hero Award: Stan Ostern
Produced by by Charles McMahon, David Maekawa & Clayton Sakoda

Produced by Charles McMahon, David Maekawa & Clayton Sakoda - UCSB and The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara - a video portriat of survival - Stan Ostern.

Small (25 MB) / Large (35 MB) - 9 Minutes
Winners - Student Category
1st Place
Wangari Maathai
Special Hero Award: Wangari maathai
Produced by Will Levitt

Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and also the first environmentalist to win. This film is in two parts.

Small (12.8 MB) / Large (24 MB) - 5.13 Minutes
2nd Place
Chicky's Organic garden
Produced by by John Cavanagh, Mark Cavanagh & Zachary Bain

Learn about the value Chicky's very special Organic Garden.

Small (12 MB) / Large (28 MB) - 5 Minutes
2nd Place
Express Your Emotions
Produced by Christian Rosales, Sean Hoffman & Andrea at Taft High School

A young man finds a way to express himself through dance.

Small (11.5 MB) / Large (22.7 MB) - 3 Minutes
2nd Place
Friendship and the Hero Within
Produced by Alyssa Karalnick & Cindy Mendo at Taft High School

Alyssa and Cindy celebrate their friendships.

Small (11.5 MB) / Large (25.5 MB) - 5 Minutes
3rd Place
Breaking the Chain
Produced by Vinnie Pergola at Taft High School

A young man re-discovers his identity out of a troubled past.

Small (13 MB) / Large (27 MB) - 3 Minutes
3rd Place
My trip to Catalina Island
Produced by Slater Jewell-Kemker

Slater journeys to Catalina Island to interview her Environmental Hero Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Small (14 MB) / Large (19 MB) - 7 Minutes

Winners - Animation Category
1st Place
Harmony: The Quest for Companionship
Produced by Amy Wong

This short animation expresses the heroic nature of balance and companionship in our lives.

Small (13 MB) / Large (22 MB) - 2 Minutes

Winners - Experimental Category
1st Place
Nam June Paik: #1 Video Artist
Special Hero Award: Nam June Paik
Produced by Skip Blumberg

This piece is a tribute for video artist Nam June Paik by his friend and fellow video artist Skip Blumberg.

Small (21.7 MB) / Large (34.9 MB) - 8:39 Minutes

Special Hero Awards
Special Hero Award: Nathaniel Dunigan
Kay Lord and her Hero Nathaniel Dunigan
Produced by Skip Blumberg

A report about Second Class Coast Guard Academy Cadet Kay Lord and her hero, Nathaniel Dunigan, founder of Aidchild in Uganda. Thanks to Making History Productions for additional footage from Uganda and Chad Stevens for providing additional photography of Aidchild in Uganda. Special thanks to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation for their support of this short film.

Small (17.5 MB) / Large (25.9 MB) - 6:45 Minutes
Special Hero Award: Rowena Gerber
Rowena Gerber and the Solar Oven Project
Produced by Skip Blumberg

My Hero student reporter Andy visits the YouthCan Conference in New York City with his hero Rowena Gerber to present Paul Munsen's Solar Oven Project. Thanks to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation for their support of this short film.

Small (20.1 MB) / Large (29.2 MB) - 7:21 Minutes
Special Hero Award: Eppie Duran
CJ and his Hero Eppie
Produced by Margaret Dean & Geeta Malik

CJ talks about his hero and boxing coach, Eppie.

Small (9 MB) / Large (17 MB) - 3.30 Minutes
Special Hero Award: Laughing Yoga
I (luv) Laughing Yoga
Produced by Wendy Milette & Jeanne Meyers

Dorothy finds healing and joy with the Laguna Laughter Yoga club!

Small (20 MB) / Large (30 MB) - 5.00 Minutes
Special Hero Award: John Lewis
Produced by Anson Schloat and John G. Young

John Lewis, U.S. Congressman, speaks about the importance of being a good citizen.

Small (14 MB) / Large (32.9 MB) - 5.45 Minutes
Special Hero Award: Iqbal
Produced by Anson Schloat and John G. Young

A 12-year-old fought for his rights and the rights of his fellow child workers.

Small (9.3 MB) / Large (30.1 MB) - 5.29 Minutes

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