A U.S. film that promotes solar energy in schools has received international acclaim at a film festival in Texas.
WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-14 <SolarAccess.com> The 34th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival presented its highest award, the Platinum Remi Award in film/video production, to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council video on ‘Schools Going Solar.’ The award was given on April 28 in Houston. A one-minute public service announcement prepared by IREC on ‘Schools Going Solar’ won the Bronze Remi Award in TV commercials. The eleven-minute film is a tour of schools in the United States that have introduced solar energy to the classroom. Narrated by students, the film includes comments from school administrators, teachers and utility executives in Wisconsin, Texas, Arkansas and North Carolina. The film was produced last year by IREC’s Vicki Colello and the Virginia firm of VideoTakes. The public service announcement contains three themes: solar is reliable; solar is a hometown energy source; and solar is part of the pollution solution. The U.S. Department of Energy provided the resources to produce the film and the PSA. WorldFest-Houston is dedicated to independent features and short films, and does not award any films produced by major studios or distributors. The IREC entries were judged against 4,300 other films in the eight categories of the event. In January, the IREC video received a bronze medal at The New York Festivals, an international awards competition designed to reward outstanding achievements in non-broadcast media. IREC recently released its newest film, Communities Going Solar, which chronicles how communities across the U.S. are using solar energy in housing, schools, open spaces and businesses. Using footage from the ‘Park Power and Neighborhood Power’ films, the video is designed as an introduction for workshops and community presentations.