Student video contest raises money for charities
UPDATE: More than 80 people, including representatives from the four charities, came to Black Tie Event held in the Grand Lobby of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center on Friday, Feb. 24. The team Ninety-Two won the Crowd’s Favorite award, with more than 475 likes on Forty-Eight’s Facebook and YouTube pages for its video made for Interfaith Outreach Association, an organization that works to improve the lives of those in the community with a focus on prison inmates. The judge’s choice was the team “Elmer’s Boy and Annessa,” whose video was made for CauseLife.
Liberty University’s National Broadcasting Society (NBS) is putting students’ videography skills on display while raising money for charities through its first “Forty-Eight” film contest.
Seven teams of three to five students raised awareness and money for area charities by producing a one- to five-minute promotional video in 48 hours.
“Students can challenge themselves, have fun, and do good work for charity all at the same time,” said Carey Martin, Communications professor and NBS advisor.
Students chose from four charities, which were kept secret until the kickoff of the competition on Feb. 17. They are: Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Outreach Association, CauseLife and Special Olympics Virginia. According to Alicia Whitecavage, founder and project manager of Forty-Eight, the charities were selected based on their monetary and video needs.
“We're Champions for Christ, we're trying to be ahead of the game and we want to be ahead when it comes to using those talents in helping others,” Whitecavage said. “These videos could provide promotions for awareness as well as raising donations, volunteers … it can do so much for the community.”
Screening and judging will take place at a black tie event in the Grand Lobby of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center at Liberty University at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the Vines Center Ticket Office for $4. All proceeds will go to the charities, which will have representatives at the event.
Judges are producer and Liberty alumnus Scotty Curlee (’96) of Red Cloud Productions, LLC, director and producer Ash Greyson, and Red Velocity owner Steve Mason. The winning group will receive signed copies of campus pastor Johnnie Moore’s book “Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe” and the proceeds from registration fees.
There will also be a “Crowd’s Favorite” winner. View the videos and vote online on Forty-Eight’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The winner, to be announced at Friday’s event, will receive a free Bespoke music track that has a production value of $20,000. The track can be used for students’ use in their future cinematography work.