And the Ripple Effect Winner Is…

This week’s blog is submitted by Laurie Loftin, aka “The Drop-parrazzi” of the event

Local filmmakers once again made a splash at the Ripple Effect Film Project.  The 2015 event included 27 films with a focus on water conservation and stewardship.  Winning films received a water meter hand-painted by local artist Jamie Calkin.  In addition to the water meter, Best in Festival and Best Overall films won cash prizes and may be shown in select movie theaters.

Drum Roll Please…   And the winners are:

Best in Festival:

Little Changes, by Hyacinth Empinado

Category K-5

Best Overall:

Lessons From Little Lily, by Ms. Criswell’s 1st grade Whit Davis Elementary Students

Best Conservation Message:

Super Soaker, by Cooper Allen & Holland Zwart, Barrow Elementary School, 5th grade

Best Production Quality:

Water Nightmare, by Cooper Allen, Salil Chalise, Jackson Davis, & Michael Rosch, Barrow Elementary School, 5th grade

Audience Choice Award:

A Journey to Find Water, by Joseph Essiful-Ansah, Mackenszie Howell, Madeline Randolph, & Alexander Sweet, Barrow Elementary School, 5th grade

Category Middle School

Best Overall:

Agent Conserving Water and the Case of the Neighborhood Polluters, by Colin Frick, Melanie Frick, Sachio Goodie, Tristan Lankford, and Klara Lankford, Hilsman Middle School, 7th grade

Best Conservation Message:

The Human Water Cycle, by Anna Gay, Clarke Middle School, 6th grade

Audience Choice Award:

A Water Drop in Time, by Josie Elliot, Paulina Ibanez, Madeline Ingle, Anna Frances Julian, Emerson Meyer, & Katie Grace Upchurch, Clarke Middle School, 7th grade

High School Division

Best Overall AND Audience Choice Award: 

20,000 Leaks Under the Sea, by Tyler Ortel, Oconee County High School, 11th grade

Best Conservation Message:

Tips for Drips, by Claudia Gaither & Serena Mon, Cedar Shoals High School, 11th grade

Adult Division

Best Overall:

Elio’s Trash Monster, by Bryan Redding

Best Conservation Message:

Know the Source, by David Diaz, Elizabeth Guinessey, & Jon Hallemaire

Audience Choice Award:

W.O.M.A.N., by Michael Baldwin from Bad/Seed, Inc.

Thank you to all of our wonderful filmmakers for making the Ripple Effect Film Project a valuable and entertaining evening.  To see all of the videos that made the finals, visit Lily Anne Phibian’s YouTube channel.

I look forward to next year!



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