Films By Guam High School Students Are Finalists In Festival

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4 of top 10 films at International Ocean Film Festival from Guam

By Cameron Miculka

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, March 12, 2014) – Four films produced by members of George Washington High School's Marine Mania are among the top 10 student finalists at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.

Marine Mania adviser Linda Tatreau said she and her students are anxiously awaiting the final results of the competition.

Last fall, Tatreau said, she received word about the festival's student competition, which would be in its third year this year.

She and her students checked out the winners of last year's event and immediately decided to enter a selection of videos.

"We went, ‘Whoa, we can do this,’" she said.

Marine Mania sent a total of six or seven submissions to the event, all of which covered an environmental or ecological angle.

For example, "The Journey of a Bottle," produced by Althea Tapales, Jordan Bukikosa, Ji Kim and In Pyo Hong, traces the path a bottle takes to the ocean after being haphazardly tossed onto the ground.

The films all were screened at the school before they were sent to the competition, Tatreau said. A special screening of the finalists took place in California this past weekend.

The other six finalists were from schools across California.

Tatreau said although the students named as finalists were invited to fly to San Francisco to attend, they would have had to pay their own way to the mainland.

She said her students still are waiting to hear the results of the competition.

"We're very anxious to hear the results," she said.

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