Three Teen Filmmakers Announced as Project VoiceScape Award Winners
Project VoiceScape promotes and honors the work of aspiring young documentarians, ages 14-19. Earlier this year, 15 short films were chosen from among 240 submissions as finalists for the Project VoiceScape awards. Teens producing these films received a $2,000 grant for their projects and mentoring with professional filmmakers.
Morgan Wilcock, Emileigh Potter and Angel Gatus, tonight’s winners for Best Documentary, Most Inspiring Documentary and the Audience Award, respectively, were presented with trophies recognizing their accomplishments. All Project VoiceScape finalists were honored with plaques.
“All 15 documentary projects were winners from my perspective,” said Kerger. “I am tremendously impressed by the creativity and talent of these young people, as well as the range of subjects they examined. I am proud that PBS and the PBS Foundation are partnering with POV and the Adobe Foundation to encourage and celebrate the work of the next generation of filmmakers.”
Morgan Wilcock, winner for Best Documentary, was honored for her film, “This Gay and Age,” which explores the evolving expectations surrounding teen gays and lesbians due to stereotypes and media influences. Wilcock was mentored by filmmaker Natalia Almada, the recipient of the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award for the POV film “El General.” Almada is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2010 USA Artist Fellow. Her other credits include the POV films “El Velador” (2012) and “Al Otro Lado” (2006).
Wilcock, 17, from Minneapolis, Minn., commented, “Using one-on-one interviews, I wished to expose the human side of the teens featured in my film – being gay or lesbian does not define who they are, even though popular culture often creates this illusion.”