Film Student Wins Grand Prize in National Competition
March 05, 2008
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A Stevenson University film major became aware of the Heroes 2.0 Student Film Competition, sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., only weeks before submissions were due on Dec. 17, 2007.
Christopher Stackbein’s film, “How the World Goes
‘Round,” was selected as one of nine finalists in the competition and
eventually won the grand prize and people’s choice award.
“There were over two months allotted for the competition,” says
Stackbein. “My work began during finals last semester, which is a tough
time to take on a project.”
As a finalist, Stackbein was invited to Los Angeles, Calif., to attend the Final Awards Ceremony on Feb. 27
at the Orpheum Theater. He received $5,000 for the People’s Choice
Award, $25,000 for the grand prize and Stevenson U. will receive an
Honorarium Award of $5,000.
The competition required students to capture the life of technology
heroes “in a positive light and must be set in a Microsoft and/or AMD
Technology environment,” according to the contest guidelines.
Stackbein’s film, a comical documentary, portrayed the life of Ken
Cheney, the Information Technology Director at St. Mary’s Church and
High School in St. Mary’s, Md.
“The odds were against me for sure, but I believe that this film was
seriously inspired by God,” says Stackbein. The film will also be
screened at the Microsoft Server 2008 Launch in Washington, D.C., and
on Microsoft’s Web site.