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Local students enter film competition

COMPTON—Roosevelt Elementary School sixth-graders produced two short films about keeping their community clean and were entered Feb. 2 in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival. The theme of this year's contest—“The Impact of Giving Back,”

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COMPTON—Roosevelt Elementary School sixth-graders produced two short films about keeping their community clean and were entered Feb. 2 in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival.

The theme of this year’s contest—“The Impact of Giving Back,” challenged elementary schools nationwide to produce videos that effectively promote community service through documentaries or fiction.

Final entries will be selected for a screening at the White House in Washington, D.C. and showcased at www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival.

Produced by a team of budding filmmakers with help from Compton Unified School District’s multimedia manager Roger Alcocer, the films “Stop the Tagging,” and “Helping Our Community,” promote beautification efforts in the students’ community.

Roosevelt Principal Salvador Aquino had nothing but praise.

“We are so proud of these students for sharing their commitment to the whole school and its community, and for coming together to work on these films,” he said.

Aquino was quick to speak appreciably of 28 other students who also submitted ideas. The final two film ideas on graffiti and littering represented what faculty said were the two most important issues in the community.

From there the young filmmakers collaborated on the film scripts, volunteered to act in each piece, and even helped out as technical advisors.

“The [students] worked together on everything. They took ownership of identifying problems and coming up with solutions so they could send a positive message” to the community, said Aquino.

Roosevelt Elementary’s two entries for the 2015 White House Student Film Festival are currently available for viewing on You-Tube.

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