[VIDEO] 2013 YFEP Film Contest Finalist: Video Games in the Crosshairs: Rewind

This film is one of ten semi-finalists in our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. LOVE this film? VOTE. You can help it win People’s Choice by liking it on YouTube.

“Video Games in the Crosshairs: Rewind” by Logan Barrick
Age 16, Gettysburg, PA

About this film:

“…I have always grown up with videogames, they’re a huge part of my life, they’re the reason why I have most of the friends I have, so It’s hurtful when people talk down about a part of my childhood. I really wanted to reach out to gamers of all ages in this short film, make the child in the older gamer, meet with the new gamers just beginning, show how similar it all is, we’re all on an equal playing field. I also really wanted to show that gaming is very much good for people, and all of it’s positive effects it has on people, that media tends to glaze over.”

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[VIDEO] 2013 YFEP Film Contest Finalist: A Virtual Reality

This film is one of ten semi-finalists in our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. LOVE this film? VOTE. You can help it win People’s Choice by liking it on YouTube.

“A Virtual Reality” by Peter Ackerman
Age 18, Augusta ME

About this Film:

“I play video games, but they tend to involve soccer or snowboarding. I’m not much of a “violent gamer”. With this documentary I was given the chance to ask my friends about why they play these certain games and to show what they said. The rough idea for my film was to investigate violent video games as a whole. As part of the journey I went paint balling with some friends to think about if video games affected the “real world” in any way. I don’t think very many kids my age consider what types of media they are exposing themselves to. Maybe it’s bad, maybe it isn’t. I made this film …to raise eyebrows and make people (mostly my friends) think about what they are subjecting their brains to on a day to day basis.”

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[VIDEO] 2013 YFEP Film Contest Finalist: Gaming – My Story

This film is one of ten semi-finalists in our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. LOVE this film? VOTE. You can help it win People’s Choice by liking it on YouTube.

“Gaming: My Story” by Sylvan Gu
Age 18, Madison WI

About this Film:

“”Gaming – My Story” is a personal documentary film where I discuss my experiences and display my passion for gaming. In the video, I express my thoughts on the debate about whether video games are the cause for violence in today’s world, and argue that games cannot be the direct cause of violent behavior. Although games can be a factor, there are many other factors that shape an individual including other forms of media and the way that a child is raised. I hope for people to see video games as a great form of entertainment that is equivalent to TV, movies, and music. It should not be treated any different, and content should be accessible to anyone without being censored or banned. Parents have the right to decide for themselves what is appropriate for their children, but to forbid mature games to be published in and of itself is not a solution to reducing crime activity.

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[VIDEO] 2013 YFEP Film Contest Finalist: Video Games, the New Art Form

This film is one of ten semi-finalists in our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. LOVE this film? VOTE. You can help it win People’s Choice by liking it on YouTube.

“Video Games: the New Art Form” by Nathaniel Bodnar
Age 19, Watertown CT

About this film:

“My family and I were discussing Christmas lists at Thanksgiving just recently. My brother is a graphic artist and asked for a fifty dollar photo print. However, when I mentioned a sixty dollar video game, the standard running price for major new releases, that I had added to my list, I proceeded to be mocked, with questions like “Why do you need to spend that much on a video game?” I created this short film as a way to express my feelings to these sorts of remarks from non-gamers and critics. People always think of paintings, photography, literature, music, and film as art. The film addresses the questions “But why not video games?” The objective of the film is to show non gamers that video games have similar features to their favorite art form.”

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[VIDEO] 2013 YFEP Film Contest Finalist: Video Games in the Crosshairs: Speaking of Games…

This film is one of ten semi-finalists in our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. LOVE this film? VOTE. You can help it win People’s Choice by liking it on YouTube.

“Video Games in the Crosshairs: Speaking of Games…” by Calvin Tran
Age 17, Jennison, MI

About this film:
“I am surrounded by tech-minded people and among them are very gamer-enthused guys. When I saw this video contest, I knew, as a film maker, that it is my job to bring to light the perspective of people who are not represented by the media…So, I got my friends together and interviewed them, watched them game, watch them interact and what I witnessed opened my mind; these people become alive. There was something with becoming a hero (or a villain or just someone) of a story that turned on the fire of their being – it was a communal thing, it was an individual thing, it was a human thing. That’s when I knew this film was something worth making.”

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[VIDEO] 2013 YFEP Film Contest Finalist: Future Warfare III

This film is one of ten semi-finalists in our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. LOVE this film? VOTE. You can help it win People’s Choice by liking it on YouTube.

“Future Warfare III” by Ani Akpan
Age 17, Bronx NY

About this film:

“My film takes place 10 years in the future wherein Next Gen gaming has advanced into ‘real world environments’ that immerse the player in real world scenarios. I chose the topic to defend why video games are important because they really are an essential part to many people’s lives. Games provide a means of escape from the real world into one experienced by the player.”

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[VIDEO] 2013 YFEP Film Contest Finalist: Perception of Gamers

This film is one of ten semi-finalists in our 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. LOVE this film? VOTE. You can help it win People’s Choice by liking it on YouTube.

“Perception of Gamers” by Daniella Sanchez
Age 18, Jackson, MI

About this film:

“Video games have always been a part of my life, and they are by far my favorite hobby. The way people perceive video games and gamers drives me crazy; they think it’s a big waste of time and money, and video games are turning regular people into killers. I love making videos, and I love video games, so I figured I would make a video describing my gaming experience and why video games are important to me. Not to mention, I got to play more video games to get footage!”

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