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E-M:/ Release: Youth Environmental Film Festival in Royal Oak June 5

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from "Hugh McDiarmid, Jr." -------------------------------------------------------------------------
Metro Detroit students' works showcased at environmental film festival in Royal Oak
-- Screenings and discussions to entertain, educate and inspire--
When: June 5th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Main Art Theater, Royal Oak
Who: Sponsored by the East Michigan Environmental Action Council       (EMEAC)
Why: To celebrate youth voice and environmental leadership!

How: Just show up! Free and open to the public (donation appreciated)
Royal Oak, MI -- Students across southeast Michigan will showcase films with environmental themes during the East Michigan Environmental Action Council's Youth Environmental Short Film Festival, to be held June 5 at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak.
The young filmmakers' works express what they think is most crucial to their health and to the natural environment. Some films also focus on making the world (or their school or neighborhood) better.
The first prize short film will receive a $200 cash prize. The winner will go on location with and receive expert advice from local film director and EMEAC Board member Diane Cheklich.
The festival is a celebration of youth voice and emerging environmentalism.  There will be screenings and discussions to educate, explore, inspire and motivate. The short films, created entirely by young activists and aspiring young activists, span environmental and social consciousness. 
The films will be judged for cinematic merit, relevance to Southeastern Michigan, and creative messaging.  The panel of judges includes independent directors, environmental activists, a youth activist, and a journalist.  These films will be used as educational tools for future environmental education presentations.
"This project is an excellent way for our students to interact with the community and to get excited about the environmental projects that we have started at our school," said Greg Willower, University Preparatory Academy Middle School teacher. His students won first place at last year's festival for their film on school gardens.

Learn more about the East Michigan Environmental Action Council at www.emeac.org   



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