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Enjoy these Rose Award-Winning Videos!

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Greenbelt Access Television has announced winners of the 2021 Rose Awards for Best Community Video, so congratulations to Sally Davies, Tanya Nordberg, Ian Blackwell and Mike McMullin!.

As a beginning but enthusiastic videographer myself I’m impressed by the winners and glad to see community video getting the attention it deserves. (Here’s how to enter any Greenbelt-based videos you may make this year.)

Announcing Winners with Clips

Announcement video by GATe executive director Phoebe McFarb.

First Place

“From Georgia to Greenbelt” by Sally Davies is a romantic, LBGTQ, pandemic, short, experimental, animated, documentary, time-lapse, art film. The year 2020 was filled with overwhelming pandemic deaths, breath-taking socio-economic upheavals, protests against police brutality, worldwide environmental disasters, and blatant anti-LBGTQ politics. For many people – especially young people, like my daughter, Piper – the future looked grim and uncertain.

“From Georgia to Greenbelt” is a double portrait of Piper and Ana who met on-line during the 2020 Pandemic. Love blossomed between the two twenty-three year olds, and they decided to move in together – even though they had never met IRL (in real life). On February 20, 2021, Ana drove 9 hours from Georgia to Maryland with his possessions piled in the back of his pickup truck. My portrait of Piper and Ana captures their joy, but also shows the Pandemic, like a dark ominous cloud, hovering around the intertwined figures. (This film, under the name “Pandemic Romance” was Nominee at San Francisco Indie Short Film Festival, 2021, and Finalist in the Vancouver Independent Film Festival, 2021, and an Award Winner at the Toronto Independent Film Festival of CIFT)

Second Place

“Twas the Night Before Yuletide” by Tanya Nordberg and Ian Blackwell of Ian’s reading of a poem by CC Williford.

Third Place

“La Unica, Second Set, Music from the New Deal Cafe.” by Mike McMullin. Many of Mike’s performance videos are broadcast by GATe, and then archived here on GATe’s YouTube channel. I know the folks at the New Deal Cafe are all grateful for Mike’s continued promotion of its award-winning live music. No doubt the bands are grateful, too!

Follow Susan Harris:
Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland YouTube channel. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog weekly at GardenRant.com.

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