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Cool Schools: Teen Filmmakers Bring The Constitution To Life

6:53 AM, Mar 15, 2012   |    comments
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(WUSA) --  You have heard it called a living breathing document, and now you can see and hear the U.S. Constitution, too, thanks to teenage filmmakers from across the country.

Becca Eerder and Kiernan Colby chose the First Amendment for their documentary and they found a real life example of it.

"We both hear about Occupy DC going on and we thought this was current, this is fresh, this is young," shared Becca.

They used a modern lens to explore a 225-year-old document. the two seniors from Montgomery Blair High School were one of 1200 teams in C-SPAN's student cam contest titled "The Constitution And You." They wrote, shot and edited the piece. Kiernan even compose the music.

C-SPAN Founder and CEO Brian Lamb explained, "People that are as young as 11, 12, 13 and 14 are actually making 5 minute documentaries and it really turns your head when you see them." 

Like the one on Article 5, the provision that allows amendments to The Constitution. Andy Locasscio and Drew Precious from Lynchburg, Va. created that one.

Fifty thousand dollars in prize money was awarded to the top 75 entries. First place and $5,000 went to Matthew Shimura from Honolulu. Kiernan and Becca got an honorable mention and a $250 check. 

If you have a Cool School, send your ideas to mhydeck@wusa9.com.

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