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Winners of Library Teen Film Contest Announced

What was the “I Can’t Believe I Shot That Teen Film Contest”?

Winners of the first annual “I Can’t Believe I Shot That Teen Film Contest” have been announced and the new Oklahoma County movie makers have claimed their prizes.

“Everybody thought I was crazy when I first said I wanted the Downtown Library to sponsor this contest,” said teen specialist librarian Kim Edwards, “and I have to admit that I was one of them.  But thanks to a little help from my friends, we pulled it off.”

In early 2008, the RJ Norick Downtown Library held the “I Can’t Believe I Filmed That!” teen film contest. Oklahoma City area residents were invited to submit original creations directed, filmed and edited by teens in grades 7-12 that told a story or expressed a point of view. Submissions could be from 5-10 minutes long and on any topic, but language and subject matter had to be “G” or “PG”.

The winners were announced in early April.  The winning films and filmmakers are:

First Prize:  “Four Dimensions” by Dane Schoelen

Second Prize:  “N.E.R.D.: New Age Einsteins Reaping Dollars” by Eric Talbert and Clayton Cromer; edited by Chad Holmes

Third Prize:  “Do You Have to Leave?” by Iancu Tomlinson

Audience Choice:  “Shattered Sword” by Alexander Knight

Honorable Mention:  “Make It Big” by Jeremy Hanlon

“I want to thank everyone who helped make the contest happen,” Edwards said.  “I especially want to thank everyone who entered, and I want to tell them and everyone who didn’t know about it that ‘I Can’t Believe I Shot That!’ will be back.  It was just too much fun not to do it again.”

The films can be accessed on You Tube and through the Metropolitan Library System website at www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org