San Francisco, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 10, 2007–¡Sorpresa! announced today that it has selected the short film “Life and the Streets,” as one of the five finalists for the ¡Sorpresa! Youth Film Competition a part of the 15th Anniversary Hamptons International Film Festival to be held October 17th – 21st, 2007. The ¡Sorpresa! Youth Film Competition is a new signature program developed by ¡Sorpresa! and the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Youth Media Program. The competition commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month and was launched in August for youth ages 6 to 17.
The short film “Life and the Streets,” directed by Guadalupe Paredes, shares her perspective of her neighborhood in the San Francisco Mission District, a uniquely Latino barrio. Through her own experience and that of her two friends, she warns of the pitfalls and the negative impact of gang life on their future opportunities.
“I wanted to send a positive message to teenagers who might find themselves thinking about joining a gang,” stated Ms. Paredes. “I wanted to share my own story and give others some background on gangs and how difficult it is to stay away from them and what happens to your life,” explained Ms. Paredes.
“Some of our viewers, like many kids, face difficult pressures growing up and Guadalupe shares her story hoping that her own experience benefits others,” commented Maria Badillo, ¡Sorpresa! V.P. of Programming.
¡Sorpresa! connected with area school districts, community and cultural organizations, its multiplatform operators and digital community to promote film submissions that showcase Hispanic culture and identity. In San Francisco, the Bay Area Video Coalition, a nonprofit media arts center committed to making emerging video technology accessible to independent mediamakers, actively promoted the Competition to its members. In addition to California, ¡Sorpresa! received submissions from Texas, New York and New Mexico.
The five competition finalists will have their films screened at the 15th Anniversary Hamptons International Film Festival and will be aired on ¡Sorpresa! as part of as a special program entitled Luz, Camera, ¡Sorpresa! on October 28th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and at 6:00 p.m. Central time. The grand prize winner will be selected at the Hamptons International Film Festival and receive a $1,500 scholarship for participation in the New York Film Academy’s Teen Film Program in New York City and Universal Studios. Visit http://www.sorpresatv.com for competition program details and learn more about the Festival at http://www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.
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