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WINNER OF THE BEST OF FEST FOR THE 2010 MY HERO FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles, CA - 11/20/10 - The MY HERO Project is pleased to announce the
winner of The Best of Fest Award for The 6th Annual MY HERO Film Festival:
The Hummingbird, an excerpt from the animated feature film, Dirt! The Movie. The
animated segment tells the story of a hummingbird that does what it can to improve the
world while others neighbors just look on.
The short film illustrates the philosophy of Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize
winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement. Her Kenya-based organization works
with women's groups to plant trees across Africa, conserving the environment and
improving the quality of life for her people. Green Belt has planted more than 20 million
trees to date. Maathai's work is a living example of the ethos that small actions, working
towards the greater good, can accumulate to have global impact.
The intrepid hummingbird that exemplifies Maathai's worldview was brought to life by
the filmmaking team of Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow and their collaborators on Dirt! The
Movie. Inspired by William Logan's book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of Earth and produced
through the non-profit Common Ground Media, this film examines the fascinating history
and uncertain future of dirt itself.
|Bill Benenson and Laurie Bernhard accepting their 2010 MY HERO Film Festival Best of Fest Award|
One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion organisms, working in a remarkable balance that
helps sustain all life on planet earth. Yet this precious resource is under serious threat
from pollution, destructive methods of agriculture, and other consequences of human
impact. In Dirt! The Movie, actress Jamie Lee Curtis narrates Benenson and Rosow's
travels around the world to study dirt. Along the way they interview renowned global
visionaries such as William Logan, Maathai, and Dr. Vandana Shiva. In the course of
their journey, the filmmakers discover exciting new ways to consider dirt and repair the
damage being done to this natural resource with practical, viable solutions.
The MY HERO Film Festival is honored to bestow its Best of Fest Award upon these
The award will be presented at The MY HERO Film Festival Awards Ceremony.
This event begins at 3pm on November 20th, at the Ray Stark Family Theater in
USC's George Lucas Building. The 15th Anniversary Celebration Party will follow.
Reservations are required.
To view the winning films for the 2010 MY HERO Film Festival, visit
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The MY HERO 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner will immediately follow the film
festival at USC. Donations are required for this dinner celebration.
|The 2010 MY HERO Film Festival, celebrated at the Ray Stark Family Theater in USC's George Lucas Building |