Posts Tagged ‘teen film fest’

Another Award Winning Video From the 2008 Teen Film Fest

February 18, 2009

Here’s another award winning video from the 2008 Teen Film Fest.  Check it out!  A pair of dedicated teens from Moline, who also just happen to be brothers, created this spectacular piece based on Hatchet by Gary Paulsen to fit the “Alternate Ending” theme.  They ended up taking home the Librarian’s Choice Award, which was one of two grand prize awards that came with a trophy and a $100 cash prize.  During their acceptance speech at last year’s red-carpet premiere at the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre, they said they were putting their winnings right back into the budget for next year’s film.  They also snagged another trophy for best editing.  Sounds like we have some true filmmakers on our hands, eh?  Can’t wait to see what they do for this year’s film fest.  Way to go guys!  Looks like your hard work and talent really paid off!


Winning Video from the 2008 Teen Film Fest

February 17, 2009

DPL teens, Gavin Wright and Austin Bundy, created this AWESOME award winning video for the 2008 Teen Film Fest.  These guys certainly knocked it out of the park with their hilarious take on the theme “Why I Love My Library.” 

2008 red-carpet winners

The pair walked away from last year’s red-carpet IMAX screening event with two Oscar-like trophies we called “Deweys” and a $100 cash prize.  That’s right.  Not only did they win the award for Best Technical Effect, they also won the grand prize Viewer’s Choice Award.  Kudos to first-time filmmakers Gavin and Austin and their theatrical debut!  Hopefully they’ll have videos to submit for this year’s film fest.  We can’t wait to see what they come up with! 

You can check out more of Gavin’s videos here.


Get Your Game On Featured Player: ‘Da Man

October 23, 2008

This week we’re featuring Marcus because he’s ‘Da Man.  Seriously.  Marcus is our most dedicated teen patron.  He is an active participant at nearly every teen program.  Whether it’s Anime Club, Get Your Game On, Teen Tech Lab, or any of the summer programs…Marcus is there.  He was the only one who showed up for the Teen Read-In this year and had no problem immersing himself in a graphic novel while chillin’ in the YA section of the library.  We can always always count on him to give us good programming advice and great suggestions for our circulating collection.  Marcus is a curious guy who’s not afraid to try new things.  When last year’s Film Fest came around he gave it a go, even though it was a completely new endeavor for him.  He ended up with a cool little film and even won best director.  That’s pretty impressive considering the group of 5 teens that started the project with him bailed out early on.  But he stuck to it and pulled it off.  We’ll definitely want to check in on Marcus in 20 years and see where all his drive and dedication has taken him.

His dream job:  “A mixture of a professional viola player and a chef.  Maybe a graphic novelist.”   

Favorite videogames:  “Hmmmmm, I got two, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3.”

Favorite read:  “Right now, it’s Rosario + Vampire.”

Words of wisdom for the week:  “If you like anime, like really really much, check out  You can watch episodes or catch up on series you missed.  And check out the newest graphic novels that’ll be coming out and where you can find them.  It’s cool.”

Favorite thing about the library:  “The teens and graphic novels and the librarians.”

What he would change about the library:  “The teen space…make it like bigger…and more like where only teens can come in…more graphic novels and maybe add a computer for teen use, only where you don’t even need a library card to use it.”

A huge thanks to Marcus for coming to the library so much and contributing to all the good times.  Everyone always says Marcus is really quiet and shy, yet, at the library we don’t see that side of him.  Does this look like a quiet shy guy to you???