Atlanta Students Explore Important Issues In This Year’s C-SPAN StudentCam Competition

The winner's videos will play all day on April 5th on C-SPAN.
The winner's videos will play all day on April 5th on C-SPAN.
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Georgia’s booming film and TV industry is well-known. Now, a couple of Atlanta teenagers have won national attention and prizes for their documentary filmmaking for C-SPAN.

Second prize winner Will Morrison is an eighth grader at The Davis Academy. He joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, along with Pam McGorry, education program senior specialist, to talk about C-SPAN’s national 2021 StudentCam competition.

Interview Highlights

About the C-SPAN Student Cam competition and this year’s theme:

“It’s a documentary competition that we host every year and the goal of this program is to get students thinking about issues that are affecting them, not just across the nation, but also down to the local level,” said McGorry.

She continued, “They select a topic that’s important to them. They learn research skills, interview skills, looking at C-SPAN video that supports their issue and they package it all together in a documentary to tell their story.”

This year’s theme for the competition was to: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.”

About Morrison’s documentary:

“The topic of my documentary is autism and the effects of COVID-19 on the autism community,” said Morrison. “This has been a very close topic to me since my brother has autism.”

He continued, “I was very excited to participate in it [the competition] because I love finding new ways of using the filmmaking technique to tell stories.”

Morrison won second place out of over 1,200 other entries. His documentary is called “The Missing Piece for Autism,” and it will run on C-SPAN all day April 5. Ariella Lewis, another Davis Academy student, was an honorable mention winner for the documentary, “Equality and Protection for All: Laws and the LGBTQ+ Community.”

You can find the winners of the competition and watch their videos here.