After three weeks of voting on Facebook, the winners of the 2013 Barrytown College of Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) “True Love” Video Contest have been determined:
- Aika Greenidge’s “Natural Beauty” First Prize
- Gunter Herd’s “A Way Through” Second Prize
- Misha Panzer and Shannon Forringer’s “The First Step” Third Prize
- Gabriel O’Connor’s “Home” Honorable Mention
- Teddy Sylte’s “Journey” Honorable Mention
Voting on Facebook concluded on February 9, 2013 and was just one component of the scoring, as the votes were added to the judges’ unified score for each video.
Other entries received included “She’s Beautiful” by Sean Sabo, “On the Way to True Love” by David Wurzer, “Finding True Love” by Landon Doroski, “On the Way to True Love” by Mikka Hassinen, and “Growing in Love” in Gabriela Von Euw.
The five judges who judged the nine entries received were Dr. Stephen Murray, dean of Barrytown College of UTS,* Dr. Keisuke Noda, chair of the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, Kate Tsubata, founder of Washington AIDS International Teens and writer/producer of LightSmith Productions, composer/ conductor David Eaton, music director of the New York City Symphony, and Pierre Tardy, publisher of the CompletedTestamentTV youtube channel.
Aika Greenidge’s “Natural Beauty” 1st Prize
Aika Greenidge, 19, was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is currently studying cinematography at Pasadena City College. Daejo Garratt, 21, wrote and performed the “Natural Beauty” spoken word. Chris Stair, 22, filmed and edited the piece.
Gunter Herd’s “A Way Through” 2nd Prize
Gunter Herd is a 24 year-old comparative religion major at the University of Washington. He was assisted by two brothers, Joel, 20, and Ejong, 23, who also acted in the film.
Misha Panzer and Shannon Forringer’s “The First Step” 3rd Prize
Misha Panzer, 20, writer/director of “The First Step” is studying Architecture/Civil Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Shannon Forringer, 24, cinematographer/editor, is pursuing a degree in Illustration. Julia Mizutani, 19, the actor in the production, is studying International Relations at SUNY Genesco.
Gabriel O’Connor’s “Home” Honorable Mention
Gabriel O'Connor, 18, explains that he created "Home" to "show how some people really live after losing a loved one." The actors are his mother, Evelyne, and his father, John.
Teddy Sylte’s “Journey” Honorable Mention
Teddy Sylte, 24, is a resident of Seattle, WA. The actors in the video are Aiyana Adshead, 20, and Corin Ennis, 22.
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