Los Angeles, CA – 11/5/12– Now in its eighth year, The MY HERO International Film Festival continues to encourage and celebrate media artists who want to change the world through filmmaking. This year’s festival has culled together an exceptional group of finalists from a record number of submissions, featuring young filmmakers and professionals alike whose stories celebrate heroes from all walks of life.
Highlights include Frank Marshall’s Right To Play, an inspiring portrait of Olympian Johann Olav Koss’s efforts to use the power of athletics to elevate the lives of impoverished children in Africa; Lucy, a beautiful student film about a young girl struggling with autism; and Chukou Thao, a portrait of a Hmong farmer in California who organizes his community in a fight against discrimination. As part of MY HERO’s efforts to inspire a global audience, these films and others can now be viewed on The MY HERO Festival website
In addition, the general public will have a chance to pick its own favorites with the festival’s new, online People’s Choice ballot. From November 7th to December 3rd, anyone can visit myhero.com/peopleschoice and select their top choice for the People’s Choice Award from five nominees.
Winners will be announced at the MY HERO International Film Festival Awards Ceremony will commence on Saturday December 15th, at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Born on The 4th of July author Ron Kovic will present a special prize in his name to the film that best exemplifies the spirit of peace and non-violence. Amy and Kathy Eldon of Creative Visions will bestow a special Activist Award in honor of Kathy’s son Daniel, a journalist who was slain while reporting on the 1993 Somali conflict.
Among the nominees are the creative team from southern California-based MacGillivray-Freeman Films, whose wonderful animation The Ocean We Want to Know encourages people to learn more about the ocean and its importance; 20 year-old peace activist Slater Jewell Kemker; and Nirvan Mullick, whose Caine’s Arcade started as a short documentary about an impoverished boy in East Los Angeles building a cardboard arcade, and has since inspired a global educational movement. With its talented pool of finalists and acclaimed authors, filmmakers and activists in attendance, the 8th Annual MY HERO Film Festival promises to be a momentous occasion.
The Festival’s Screenings and Awards Ceremony will run from 5 pm until 9 pm on December 15th, at the Ray Stark Family Theater in USC’s George Lucas Building.
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