Just before the December holidays we kicked off a music video competition based on a song by my band Soulfège called "Fight On" and asked people to submit videos showcasing the faces of the faceless in their community. We wanted to know who's story you felt ought to be told, and invited you to do it in four minutes or less using "Fight On" as the soundtrack.
In response we got some awesome videos covering topics ranging from bullying & teen suicide, to orphans in Haiti, and youth empowerment through artistry. The submissions came from HS & college students, activists, filmmakers, grandparents, business people, conservatives & liberals. We all have a story to tell, and you found some very cool and creative ways to tell them.
Here then are the Top 5 videos based on your votes. They've been sent to our panel of judges and we'll be announcing the winner of the $4500 prize in the next week. You can still view all of the entries here. Thanks to all for your creativity and participation!
TOP 5 VIDEO SUBMISSIONS
1. Fight On - Take Back the Mic campaign
Tackling issues of Abusive Relationships, Alcoholism and Peer Pressure, this entry was Directed by James Hardiment and shot by Bran Rainey.
2. Fight On - Take Back The Mic Campaign
This video, directed by Greg Allen sheds light on the problem of homelessness in an unexpected context, rural areas
3. Fight On Take Back the Mic Music Contest Entry
This tribute to the ancestors is all about renewal and transformation and was directed by Robert Hughes
4. Futures Elementary Fights On in Oakland
The story of Futures Elementary School in East Oakland as they teach their students life lessons that go beyond classrooms or textbooks.
5. Fight On
RebelTV333 and the Collective Liberation Tour highlight activism from Oakland to Egypt showing us how we are all united in the struggle to be seen, heard and appreciated