FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2013
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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SHORT & STRONG FILM COMPETITION TO SHOWCASE STUDENTS’ IMMIGRATION STORIES
What: Announcement of the Cortos Y Fuertes / Short & Strong student film competition
Where: Miguel Contreras Learning Complex (322 S. Lucas Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90017)
When: Wednesday, May 29 at 11:00 A.M.
Students, staff, and teachers at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Warren Fletcher, President, United Teachers of Los Angeles
Betty Forrester, Vice President, United Teachers of Los Angeles
Monica Garcia, Board President, Los Angeles Unified School District
Steve Zimmer, Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District
Bennett Kayser, Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District
Christian Quintero, Principal, Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Scott Budnick, Producer (Hangover, Hangover II, Hangover III)
Los Angeles, CA (May 24, 2013) – The Cortos Y Fuertes / Short & Strong student film competition, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and UNITE HERE, a union representing hotel, hospitality, and food service workers, will announce its Call for Entries for short films created by students about the immigrants in their lives.
Students are encouraged to submit films no more than three minutes long. Submissions are due by August 16, 2013. Each film will be judged within one of the three age categories: 18 years old and over, 13-17 years old, and 13 years old and under.
Films will be judged by an esteemed panel, including former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and actor/producer Rosario Dawson, who will select the most thought and emotion provoking telling of the immigration story. First and second place winners will be chosen in all three age categories, and “Best Overall” and “Most Viewed” prizes will also be awarded. Winners will receive cash prizes up to $2,000.
Filmmakers are encouraged to be creative and resourceful and may use video cameras, digital cameras, or cell phones to shoot their films.
The United States has over 40 million immigrants and approximately 11 million are undocumented. As the nation is on the brink of creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Short & Strong’s mission is to encourage students across the country to share stories about immigrants and be a part of this nationwide discussion.
For more information and instructions on how to enter, visit www.shortandstrong.com.
About the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, is the second largest Central Labor Council, CLC, in the country, representing over 300 unions and hundreds of thousands of working women and men. Its mission is to promote workers’ voice by helping workers organize themselves into unions; build strong coalitions of labor, community, faith, and responsible businesses; and engage political campaigns to elect pro-union and pro-worker candidates and to advance public policies that support workers, families and local communities. Get real-time updates @LALabor.