Shannon Duffy (sophomore), Lindsay Daugherty (freshman) and Bella Solanot (junior) from Barrington High School as the winners of the Ripple Effect Video Contest. Their video will be premiered on May 22nd at newportFILM’s Shipyard Shorts: A collection of eco-films and adventure docs.
Placing second was a video produced by Erin Abbott and Abigail Tutt also from Barrington High School and in third place was Prout School senior, Charlotte Roos’ video. First, second and third place filmmakers will have the opportunity to be a videographer for a day on board one of the Class 40 boats in the Atlantic Cup during its Newport stopover, May 23rd and 24th.
Atlantic Cup race organizers along with Joe Cooper, a former America’s Cup sailor, high school coach, and consultant for Hood Sailmakers, created the Ripple Effect Video Contest to raise awareness for Rhode Island’s coastline and waterways as told through the eyes of Rhode Island’s high school students. Students were asked to create a video essay and/or documentary on the following statement: “I live in Rhode Island, the Ocean State.” Each student video explored an issue facing the ocean, bays, inlets, rivers or marshes in Rhode Island and why that issue is important to the filmmaker. The Ripple Effect Video Contest was open to any Rhode Island high school student.
The winners are currently enrolled in an advanced video class at Barrington High School. Teacher, John West, heard about the contest and agreed used it as an opportunity to have his students work on a video essay project outside of the classroom. To create the film, the students enlisted ten people, over a weekend to be part of the film. They used a T3i Canon camera and edited the video in Final Cut Pro.
“In making this video, we just realized how pretty our state is and how disgusting it is to see trash…we want people to realize that and to at least pick up a piece of trash when they visit the beaches.” – Shannon Duffy
“Our first thought was drawing attention to how beautiful our state is. A lot of people don’t necessarily recognize that, so the natural next step would be to treat it well and treat the waterways of the state well too.” - Lindsay Daugherty
Teresa Connors, Executive Director of newportFILM stated, “The Atlantic Cup sailing race’s model of leaving as small an impact on our precious waterways as possible is 100% in line with newportFILM’s Green Screen mission of raising awareness around the fragility of Earth’s health. Rhode Island students will grow up and live in what our generation leaves behind so our hope is that the contest inspired them to be more aware of the local waters and how we treat them.”
Following the May 22nd event, the top three films will be available online at atlanticcup.org/news. For further information and official rules for the Ripple Effect Video contest please visit atlanticcup.org/ripple-effect
The Atlantic Cup in association with newportFILM will present a special newportFILM Outdoors event, "Shipyard Shorts: A Collection of Adventure & Eco Docs", at the Newport Shipyard on Thursday, May 22. A cocktail reception and meet and greet with Atlantic Cup skippers and boats will start at 7:15PM ($20 ticket price, reception + film screening) & the film will begin at sunset, approximately 8:15PM ($5 suggested donation, film screening only).http://www.newportfilm.com/film-events/films/shipyard-shorts-collection-adventure-eco-docs for more information
About the 2014 Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. that focuses on being environmentally responsible and aims to be completely carbon neutral. The five-team field will depart Saturday, May 10 from Charleston, South Carolina and race double-handed 685 miles offshore to New York City. Following a brief stop-over in New York, teams will depart from North Cove Marina Saturday, May 17 to race 240-miles to Newport, R.I. The Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race along the east coast of the United States. In Newport, competitors will take part in a two-day inshore series with a crew of six. The crew with the combined highest score from both legs will be the Atlantic Cup Champion. The prize purse is $15,000, maintaining its status as one of the largest purses for sailing in the United States. For more on the Atlantic Cup, visit www.atlanticcup.org.
About Newport Bay Weekend & Atlantic Cup Course Wide Shoreline Cleanup:
During the inshore races, spectators will have the chance to participate in the Newport Bay Weekend with local business and non-profits showcasing Narrangansett Bay on May 24 and 25. Clean Ocean Access will be leading a course wide cleanup from Pell Bridge to Beavertail (in Jamestown) and Castle Hill (in Newport). Along with Clean Ocean Access other Rhode Island non-profits will facilitate the clean up including: Clean Bays, Aquidneck Land Trust, Save the Bay, and Green Drinks of Newport. The event aims to have 500 volunteers. http://www.atlanticcup.org/events/event/newport-bay-weekend for more information.