Young filmmakers
contest Winners 2017

The One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest is pleased and proud to announce the winners for 2017! Their films premiered at the One Earth Film Festival, March 4. A photo gallery of winners is below, with the winning films underneath.


Elementary/Middle School category: Jaxon and Miles Toppen. “Shells in Need of Saving.“ A film about ecosystems. Young Filmmakers attend Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest, Illinois.


Middle School category: Ruhi Shastri Saldanha. “Deforestation.” A film about open space and ecosystems. Young Filmmaker attends Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois.


High School category: Christina Yin and Elizabeth Hou. “Crash 'n' Crumble.” A film about open space and ecosystems. Young Filmmakers attend Monte Vista High School in Danville, California.


2017 Honorable Mention

Elementary School level: Frederic and Boomer Small. “All About Sharks” A stop-motion animation about water and ecosystems. Young Filmmakers attend Suder Montessori Elementary Magnet School and Beaubien Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois.


Middle School level: Amparo Acevedo, Josh Dingman, Sam Dingman, Laurel Ditzel, Danielle Guralnick, Cerys Hattersley, Amanda Janus, Zoe Klein, Sophie Larratt, Julia Patson, Daliah Ramos, Mateo Reyes, and Sarah Ungaretti (all are Brooks School Eco Eagles). Yard Hunters.” A film about open space and ecosystems. Young Filmmakers attend Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois.


College level: Breana Kloski. A Revolution Dance Against Petcoke. A film about energy and waste. Young Filmmaker attends Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. We are awaiting permission to post this video from the musician, Raury.
 

Thank you to our 2017 jury:

Deborah Adelman is an English professor at College of DuPage, where she co-founded and directed the Community Education Farm. She teaches writing and film classes, including the co-taught seminar, “Seed, Soil, and Soul.”

Bill Gee has worked in the food industry for over 25 years and has supported the One Earth Film Festival since its inception. He is a board member for the Sugar Beet Food Co-op, Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) and MOMENTA Dance Company. 

Jeff Lassahn is an after-school teacher/mentor to high school students at the Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia. He also creates art about inequality, war, and politics in a variety of media, which has been shown nationally and internationally.

Jim Rohn co-directs the animation program at Columbia College Chicago. Formerly, he worked in the video game industry and also developed and illustrated comic books. Jim teaches computer and traditional animation production classes.

Angela Taylor manages the Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden, along with her family. In addition, she works for the Garfield Park Community Council as the Wellness Coordinator.

Lauren Travers is an animator, art director, art assistant, and production designer in the film industry. She and David Arthur Wall recently created the official Claymation stop-motion music video for, “Fanger,” by The Kickback.

David Arthur Wall has created films in the field of education for a nationwide after-school program, an Evanston school, and Steve and Kate’s Camp, a summer program for children. He and Lauren Travers collaborate on stop-motion projects.
 

2016 Winners

  • High School category: Liam Loughran. “Transportation” A film about transportation. Young Filmmakers attends Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois.
  • Middle School category: Kendall Dirks. “Cutting CARbon Emissions.” A film about transportation. Young Filmmaker attends Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, Illinois.
  • Elementary School category: Miles Toppen and Carter Workman. “Pretty Nice Island--The Movie.” A film about energy, transportation, and waste. Young Filmmakers attend Willard School in River Forest, Illinois.
  • Honorable Mention High School level: Veronika Lubeck, Kate Conneely, Emma Alm, Katherine Cusack, and Sarah Whiteside. Trinity Team Green.” A film about waste. Young Filmmakers attend Trinity High School in River Forest, Illinois.
  • Honorable Mention High School level: Marieke de Koker. Iaglo.” A stop-motion animation about waste. Young Filmmaker attends Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan.
  • Honorable Mention Middle School level: Alex Schrader, Zoe Klein and Amanda Janusz of Eco Eagles. What’s in Your Lunch? A film about food. Young Filmmakers attend Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois.

2015 Winners

  • High School category: Hinsdale Central Ecology Club. Why Have a Garden? A film about food by Josh Feldman, Stephanie Jamilla, Claire Hultquist, Wendy Li, and Rachel Chang. Young Filmmakers attend Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois.
  • Middle School category: Kelly Colbert Adam, Annie Nuntarach, Veronica Brooks, and Emily Kerstetter. Unplugged: a Short Video about Saving Energy.” A film about energy. Young Filmmakers attend Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest, Illinois.
  • Elementary School category: Ezra Nudd and Kian Tan. “Peregrine Falcons.” A film about saving animals. Young Filmmakers attend Keystone Montessori in River Forest, Illinois.

 

2014 Winners

  • High School category: Hinsdale Central Ecology Club. “What Will You Do?” A film about transportation by Stephanie Jamilla, Josh Feldman, Rachel Chang, and Wendy Li.  Young Filmmakers attend Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois.
  • Middle School category: Pineapple Productions: Ana Shack, Lillian Lowson, Marta Rohner, Isabella Saracco, Haley Gladden, and Cia Gladden.  “Earth 2114.” A film about water usage and resources.  Young Filmmakers attend Roosevelt Middle school in River Forest, Illinois.
  • Elementary School category: Jaxon Toppen, Danny Scholvin and Ray Deogracias. “Where Did The Rest of Us Go?” A film about electronic waste.  Young Filmmakers attend  Willard Elementary School in River Forest, Illinois.

2013 Winners

  • Elementary School Category: Wasteful Santa -Talia Levy, Elizabeth Larscheid, Ella Haas, Isabel Marx – Mann School
  • Middle School Category: Sporktagion: HEAT (Heritage Earth Action Team) – Heritage Middle School
  • High School Category: Let’s Talk About Water – Lea Kichler – Lincoln Park High School

 

The One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest is partially funded by a grant from the Manaaki Foundation and a grant from the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation Future Philanthropist Program.