The theme was "Politics Now!" and it was very open to interpretation. We were looking for students to share any view or thoughts they had about politics in any type of situation. Potential ideas included:
- Your thoughts about one of the 2008 Presidential Candidates.
- The importance of voting.
- A satire making fun of a political figure or process.
- Is global climate change an issue in local politics?
- Politics in the workplace.
- Who wears the pants? Politics in the home.
- Issues of nepotism in local politics.
- Unionization of graduate students around the country.
- Social barriers (such as race, religion and gender) in running for U.S. President.
Be creative and use this opportunity to make your voice heard. Politics affect each of us every day, take a moment and consider how politics plays in your life and what you can say about it.
- Each participant may submit up to 2 videos for the contest. Once you've registered, you will be sent an email containing the details about how to submit your entry along with a submission form to fill out for each video you submit.
- Videos are limited to 5 minutes in duration.
- Entries may include video, animation, sound, and pictures that you create or are available in the public domain.
Judging was based on thematic interpretation, creativity, quality, and adherence to the time limit. The judging panel included:
- Vicky Bridgeforth; Graduate Student, Media Arts
- Mark Harmon; Professor, Journalism and Electronic Media and Knox County Commissioner
- Bill Larson; Professor, Cinema Studies with the English Department
- Jane Row; Political Sciences Librarian
- Anna York; Baker Scholar and SGA Vice President
Submissions from 2008
U.S. Politics, Kevin Garland
Free Range Trailer, Cathy Jenkins
Politics Now, Matthew Johnson
America Avenue, Stephen Kania
2008 Free Range Video Contest Loop, Andrea Kerns
FBI Trouble, Steven Lam, Duno Tran, and Jorel Newsome
Youth Vote, Steven Lam, Duno Tran, and Jorel Newsome
Pizza Pie, Oh My!, William Scott Murphy
2008 Free Range Video Contest Credits, Matthew Ownby
Women and Politics, Ai-Lun Wu