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Youth Activist Wins First Place at the MY HERO International Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 17, 2010 - "Inconvenient Youth," a documentary in development by youth activist and filmmaker Slater Jewell Kemker has won a first place award at the MY HERO International Short Film Festival. The 6-minute documentary trailer shows Kemker landing at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen last December. While scientists and world leaders debate the climatic problems and solutions, the 17- year-old filmmaker profiles a group of eco-activists called Inconvenient Youth who voiced dissatisfaction with the progress.

Slater Kemker-Jewell receving her 1st Place Indy Features in Development award from the Film Festival director Wendy Milette, for her excerpt of An Inconvenient Youth

"There are going to be hundreds of millions of people that are climate refugees just because of climate change," said Canadian journalist and activist Emily Hunter.

"The fight for resources is going to become major and that's hell," said British activist Tim Harris. "That's not what I want for the world. We can so easily live in unity and peace. There is enough land in this world to feed everybody."

Kemker's clip won in the Indie Features In Development division at the festival, which is celebrating its 6th year of successfully showcasing the world's everyday heroes through medium of film. This year's festival takes place November 20, at the George Lucas Building on the USC campus. Since 2005, the festival has attracted filmmakers of all ages and abilities from countries including Jordan, Senegal, Australia, Mexico and Montenegro.

The festival is hosted by MY HERO a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that celebrates the exceptional people who motivate and inspire us by working to make the world a better place. For 15 years, MY HERO has helped promote cultural awareness and foster personal expression and international communication through its award winning website (myhero.com). Students and adults around the world use this free, universallty accessible resource to share written stories, artwork, audio and short films about the heroes who have touched their lives. Teachers from more than 120 countries use MY HERO curriculums in schools, after-school programs, community workshops, libraries and media centers.

Slater Jewell-Kemker and T-Bone

Entries are now being accepted for the 7th Annual MY HERO International Film Festival, which will be held in November of 2011. Filmmakers may submit films of up to 10 minutes in length in the following categories: Narrative, Animation, Experimental, Documentary or Excerpt. The deadline to enter is June 1, 2011.

For more information, visit the festival web site at: www.myhero.com/filmfestival.

To view "An Inconvenient Youth," and other award winning films, visit the MY HERO screening room at: http://myhero.com/2010

Last changed on: 1/18/2011 3:04:00 PM

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