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MTA Students Receive Commendation from C-SPAN

On May 28th, the students of Yeshiva Univer­sity High School for Boys filed into Lamport Au­ditorium to watch a special movie awards cere­mony. Although MTA has hosted a number of film competitions over the last several years, this one was special. Doug Hemmig, a representa­tive of CSPAN—the public broadcasting com­pany—was there to present Honorable Men­tions to two MTA boys, Yisroel Loewy (’15) of Fair Lawn, and Shimmy Socol (’16) of Flushing, for Made in America, a film they pro­duced as part of C-SPAN’s StudentCam video com­petition, which prompts students to “produce short documentaries of national importance.”

Made in America, which the students edit­ed in Final Cut on a Mac­bookPro, is an argument for the repatriation of American manufacturing across the food, apparel, and technology sec­tors. The film maintains that a return to Amer­ican manufacturing will yield dividends down the line, in the form of greater employment and faster access to better goods. To that end, Loewy and Socol were influenced by some of the very equipment that they used in the film­making process.

Loewy noted, “We discovered StudentCam at the same time that Apple released their new 2013 Mac Pro. Apple emphasized how they were trying to move jobs back into the states beginning with their new “Made in America” Mac Pro, and we wanted to echo that.” Socol emphasized that, “As an American, I feel it’s im­portant to support our economic growth, and to concentrate on our national employment rate.”

Both boys credited their high school with providing ample opportunity to pursue their passion for film. Loewy mused, “MTA has of­fered an abundance of support and resourc­es to us in order to aid in our filming. Anything from equipment to software.” And Socol volun­teered, “With the many special events that oc­cur at MTA throughout the year, I am privileged to be able to capture these events, and at the same time hone my skills as a film-maker.”

As part of their award, Loewy and Socol have received $250, a windfall they just might put to­ward their next award-winning film.

Doug Hemmig, the C-SPAN representative, noted the importance of recognizing Loewy and Socol’s production. “There are 4,300 total entries, and only 150 winners,” he observed, “and to be here to celebrate one of them is out­standing.”

The award-winning film is available at: http://www.viddler.com/v/2fe5713c.

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