Announcement – iHistory WW2 Teen Video Contest – Fall 2013 – by Jeffrey Worthington

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2

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We are excited to announce the iHistory WW2 contest!  This video contest is a national competition for teens to capture the stories of World War II veterans on film before they can no longer tell their stories.  

Although there are 1.2 million World War II veterans still living, this generation is rapidly disappearing and their untold stories of bravery and sacrifice deserve to be heard.  Teens will honor veterans by having these interviews preserved in the permanent archives at the Library of Congress, and will have the chance to win coveted prizes for themselves and their school.

Between August 19, and November 20, 2013 aspiring young filmmakers (ages 13-18), who are currently enrolled in Junior High or High School or an accredited Home Schooling program, will record video interviews with WWII veterans about their experiences during the war.  All interviews that meet the minimum standards and guidelines will then be archived at the Library of Congress as part of the Veteran’s History Project.

After the interviews have been submitted to the Library of Congress, the students will enter the second phase, where they will compete for prizes.  At the iHistory WW2 website, entrants will have access to editing resources and footage to transform their interviews into creative 3-5 minute documentaries.  Eligible films will undergo a judging process comprised of online voting and a panel of qualified judges.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five films that demonstrate excellence in editing and creative storytelling.  The Grand Prize winner and the winner’s school will each receive a package which includes a Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens!  The total value of combined prizes is over than $11,000.  Students will have until November 20 to enter the contest. Winners will be announced in February.  See our website for full list of prizes.

To learn how to enter the contest and view the Official Rules, please visit: http://www.heroes-ww2.org/

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN IN THE IHISTORY WW2 CONTEST. Open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, who are between 13 & 18 years of age & currently enrolled in a public or private junior high or high school, or home-schooled with an accredited & recognized home-schooling program. A minor should have a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest Entry Period starts 10/1/13, ends 11/20/13. For Official Rules, which govern, click here. Sponsor: Worthington Foundation, Inc.

The Men We Honor – July 4th – by Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Video Contest

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2

Growing up as a young child I remember the 4th of July as a time that meant spending time at with grandparents, parades, music, people, watermelons, new adventures, and of course, fireworks! The very first time I saw fireworks I think I cried from the loud bangs, but, as most young boys, I soon came to love the annual pyrotechnic shows. I even studied them and learned the names of the different types of fireworks.

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This view of the 4th of July started changing, however, when I began interviewing World War II veterans for my documentary, For the Love of Freedom, when I was 20 years old. Listening to them recount stories of how they stormed beaches in the South Pacific, flew bombing raids over Berlin, or held a dieing friend in their arms, I started appreciating the freedoms I have as an American.

A Japanese American who served in the US Army during WWII once told me, “I think too many people expect that freedom is their right. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege.”

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This weekend Americans will be enjoying cookouts, family & friends, fun with the kids on Slip-’n-Slides, outdoor concerts, parades, and fireworks. But let’s not forget what we are celebrating and remember to teach our children the history of those who 65+ years ago fought on foreign soil to protect our freedoms.

As the Worthington Foundation is preparing to announce the dates and prizes of the iHistory WW2 video competition, I’m reminded of what President John F. Kennedy said, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors and by the men it remembers.”

For more information about the iHistory WW2 contest visit our website or contact me directly at jeff@ihistoryproject.org