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Screening of Winning Films from Houston Public Library’s 4th Annual Reel Teen Film Festival

Meet the Winners at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on Thursday, May 31st

It’s the 4th Annual Reel Teen Film Festival screening at the Museum of Fine Arts. The community is invited to view the winning films, a showcase of creative and original film works by teens 13 to 18 years of age. These films represent different categories and genres in filmmaking and have a G or PG rating. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet, 77005, 713-639-7300

The Winners are:

Best Animation: “Swift Justice” by Jeff Novaez
Best Broadcast: “Who Is an American?” by Nicholas Garza
Best Documentary: “Bully” by Nicholas Garza
Best Feature: “Unknown” by Jalen, Justin and Jared Traylor
Best Music Video: “Changes” by Tracy Conner, Rocky Whitworth, Will Primrose and Tresur Williams
Best PSA/Commercial: “What’s Up?” by Francisco Castro
People’s Choice: “The Missing Girl” by Johana Romero, Lisandro Vides, Janisse Flores, Jennifer Gutierrez and Daniela Carrizales
1st Place Teen Health: “Check the Date” by Gabriela Espinosa, Christopher Elizondo, William Marqe, Imani Rioscos, Eva Briseno, Savanna Argo, Christina Gutierrez, Tonesha Felder and D’meric Burley
2nd Place Teen Health: “Suicide Prevention” by Lauren McClendon
3rd Place Teen Health: “Got Germs?” by Shikyra Jack

About the 4th Annual Reel Teen Film Festival
This Houston Public Library film project is a great opportunity to motivate teens to use their creativity and technology to express their views and ideas. All winning films can be viewed at All Reel Teen Film Festival films are available through the Houston Public Library’s YouTube channel (

Teens 13 to 18 years of age submitted their entries in diverse categories:

Documentary – research on an issue/topic or a person of importance.
Feature/Narrative – tells a fictional story.
Music Video – based upon an original, created song or poem, reflects the meaning of the poem/song or artist.
Animation – 2-D or 3-D images, evaluated on technical method, then story.
Broadcast – news casting/reporting on a particular event.
PSA – Public Service Announcement, non-commercial advertisement intended for the public good.
Commercial – advertisement for purpose of selling a product or getting consumers to buy a product.
Movie Trailer – are film advertisements for feature films that will be exhibited in the future at a cinema.
Book Trailer – advertisements for books.
Teen Health – this year’s newest category is Health. The films are about an issue having to do with mental and/or physical teen health to provide a strong message for youth. Sponsored by Houston Department of Health and Human Services’ Houston Healthy Adolescent Initiative.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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