We are excited to announce that after a very tight race, “Million in the Mirror,” by Marc Parees and Ryan Silbert of New York University’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, is the winner of its first-ever public service announcement (PSA) video contest for the Love/Avon Army of Women.
As many of you know, earlier this year, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation embarked upon an exciting adventure: We developed a contest that gave film students from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and New York University’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television the opportunity to propose their ideas for a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video that would encourage one million women of all ages and ethnicities from across the nation to sign up and be part of the Army of Women movement.
We received more than 25 submissions for the contest, and we were incredibly impressed by the passion the students showed for our work and our mission to move breast cancer beyond a cure. It was far from easy to choose the best projects. But after much debate and discussion, we agreed on the four finalists, who each received a $5,000 budget to create a PSA video.
The online contest was hosted by Glamour magazine at www.glamour.com. In a one-week period, more than 28,000 glamour readers and Army of Women members voted for their favorite PSA among the four finalists, which will air on Lifetime Television for Women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the month October.
Marc and Ryan will receive an Apple Final Cut Studio Package and the opportunity to meet with the senior vice president of production at New Regency Productions, the production company founded by Arnon Milchan that distributes its films worldwide through Twentieth Century Fox.
Both winners have been touched by breast cancer. Marc Parees, the writer and director of Million in the Mirror, is currently pursuing his MFA in film and recently received a Warner Brothers Production Grant for his thesis film Little Ones, currently in development for production in Spring 2010. The producer, Ryan Silbert, is currently developing a slate of films including several genre films by George Romero, and an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon co-written by King and Romero.
Congratulations to our finalists and especially to Marc and Ryan for creating such an inspirational PSA for the Army of Women.
Here is “Million in the Mirror”…enjoy!