The teens from Santa Ana Public Library’s Seeds To Trees Program recently won top prize in a statewide competition with their music video, “Own The Night.” They were mentored by a number of OC media professionals including three MCA-I members: John Coleman; Art Kirsch; and Rick Sherman.
The video was chosen by public online voting as part of the California Public Library Association’s Teen Video Challenge.
The annual contest is designed to have teens encourage library participation by their peers through the creative form of a video. To deliver this message the students at Santa Ana chose the idom of a hip hop music video. Under the specific guidance of screenwriter Mark Sevi, founder of the OC ScreenWriters Assoc http://www.marksevi.com, Producer-Director John Coleman of wtin Oaks Communications www.twinoaks.tv and musician-composer Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite www.ricksherman.com, the students came up with the lyrics, recorded the music track, produced, photographed and edited the video.
The Seeds To Trees after-school program takes 20 teens and gives them a wide exposure to media and business under the tutelage of working professionals. For the winning video, Coleman, Sevi and Sherman worked as a team to help the students create, shoot and finish the production in a professional manner. All the tutors and library staff involved with the Seeds to Trees project have expressed pride in the students and their video.
See their winning video along with the winners from other state contests here.