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Winners of Ripple Effect Video Contest for RI High School Students Announced

Winning Video to premier at newportFILM/Atlantic Cup event Shipyard Shorts this Thursday, May 22 at the Newport Shipyard.

Plus top three filmmakers earn a spot as media crew members for a day on board an Atlantic Cup race boat in the Inshore Series in Narragansett Bay.

 The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing in conjunction with newportFILM, Clean Ocean Access and Sailors for the Seais pleased to announce Shannon Duffy (sophomore), Lindsay Daugherty (freshman) and Bella Solanot (junior)from Barrington High School as the winners of the Ripple Effect Video Contest. Their video will be premiered on May 22nd at newportFILM’s Shipyard Shorts: A collection of eco-films and adventure docs. Placing second was a video produced by Erin Abbott and Abigail Tutt also from Barrington High School and in third place was Prout School senior, Charlotte Roos’ video.  First, second and third place filmmakers will have the opportunity to be a videographer for a day on board one of the Class 40 boats in the Atlantic Cup during its Newport stopover, May 23rd and 24th. Atlantic Cup race organizers along with Joe Cooper, a former America’s Cup sailor, high school coach, and consultant for Hood Sailmakers, created the Ripple Effect Video Contest to raise awareness for Rhode Island’s coastline and waterways as told through the eyes of Rhode Island’s high school students. Students were asked to create a video essay and/or documentary on the following statement: “I live in Rhode Island, the Ocean State.” Each student video explored an issue facing the ocean, bays, inlets, rivers or marshes in Rhode Island and why that issue is important to the filmmaker. The Ripple Effect Video Contest was open to any Rhode Island high school student. The winners are currently enrolled in an advanced video class at Barrington High School. Teacher, John West, heard about the contest and used it as an opportunity to have his students work on a video essay project outside of the classroom. To create the film, the students enlisted ten people, over a weekend to be part of the film. They used a T3i Canon camera and edited the video in Final Cut Pro. “In making this video, we just realized how pretty our state is and how disgusting it is to see trash…we want people to realize that and to at least pick up a piece of trash when they visit the beaches.” – Shannon Duffy “Our first thought was drawing attention to how beautiful our state is. A lot of people don’t necessarily recognize that so the natural next step would be to treat it well and treat the waterways of the state well too.” – Lindsay Daugherty Teresa Connors, Executive Director of newportFILM stated, The Atlantic Cup sailing race’s model of leaving as small an impact on our precious waterways as possible is 100% in line with newportFILM’s Green Screen mission of raising awareness around the fragility of Earth’s health. Rhode Island students will grow up and live in what our generation leaves behind so our hope is that the contest inspired them to be more aware of the local waters and how we treat them.” Top 3 Films

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