News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 04/08/2008
Subject :

Time to GET "REEL"
Student Filmakers Examine Environmental Issues with Humor and Hope
Contact : Amanda Cox, Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival Committee Member    650-329-2417
Palo Alto, CA - The Third Annual GREENLIGHT Earth Day Film Festival is here and the colorful poster inspires young filmmakers to "Reelize" their connection to the Earth. This year’s event calls on local filmmakers, young and old, to explore "outside-the-box" environmental issues from fashionable eco-friendly fabrics and technological e-waste to organic foods and traveling with style in a hybrid. GREENLIGHT is a chance for the community to recognize local talent and to explore how individuals impact their environment.

The festival, co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, the Media Center, the Palo Alto Weekly and Hewlett-Packard, emphasizes student-produced work in categories from grades 6-8, grades 9-12, and an open
category for all others. Last year, Arianna Tamaddon, a fifth grader at Oak Knoll Elementary in Menlo Park, took top prize in the open division with her creative claymation film, with adults winning the second and third place awards.

This year, youth from local middle and high schools have submitted films from many genres including music videos, public service announcements, and animation. Local adults have submitted entries in the form of documentaries, talk shows and dramedies (dramatic comedies). Jordan Middle School students Olivia Peeps, Sunny Lyu, Irene Ezran and Jamie Allendorf submitted their entry, Environmentally Right, a "game show where two people compete to be the most ‘eco’ smart." Palo Alto High School students Wes Rapaport and Alec Fishman submitted Who’s Green?, "a clever, witty news report about the environment, global warming, pollution, and conservation of energy."

On Thursday April 17, the top finalists’ films will be screened for all to see and then awarded their prizes, featuring "previously owned" trophies and $2,000 in cash and gift cards. The Hollywood-style ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Cubberley Theater, located at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Admission is free. Before the festival, filmgoers can visit with local organizations at information tables and learn about ways to reduce their impact on the Earth.

The ceremony will be videotaped and broadcast on Media Center Comcast Channel 28. Go to for a complete playback schedule of all entries and the awards program. 
Click here for playback schedule for GREENLIGHT Video Week April 20 - 26 on Channel 28