Students drive home alternative-fuels message with award-winning videos

The Fuel Freedom Foundation today announced the winners of its first college video competition, recognizing the work of three filmmakers from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The winning films are short segments that illustrate the severity of our oil addiction, and the urgency to develop cheaper, cleaner, American-made alternative fuels.

“These highly talented young artists have created powerful visual statements that show why we must open the transportation fuel market to competition from alternatives to gasoline, such as natural gas, ethanol and methanol,” said Eyal Aronoff, co-founder of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Fuel Freedom Foundation. “We want to use all forms of media to spread the word, including high-quality, creative videos that will become viral and create an impact on the internet.”

The winners of the Chapman University competition will be eligible to compete in a national college video contest. The Foundation also plans to hold Fuel Freedom video competitions for the general public.

The $5,000 Grand Prize was awarded to Jacob Taylor, whose two-minute video, Fuel Freedom Campaign, received more than 13,000 views on YouTube. Taylor is an undergraduate at Dodge College. The two runners-up were Ryan Broomberg, a graduate film student, for his one-minute Funny Dog Commercial for Fuel Freedom, and Brandon Wade, a 2012 MFA graduate, whose two-minute video was titled Oil Makes The Myths Remix. The runners-up each received $2,500. Broomberg’s video attracted more than 4,000 YouTube views and Wade’s received more than 5,800 views.

The winners were determined based on formula that took into account virality, creativity, quality and accuracy.

The Fuel Freedom Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the U.S. economy’s oil addiction through the development of cheaper, cleaner, American-made replacement fuels.

Dawn Bonker

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