ROSBURG, Wash. - Keely McGuire, of Rosburg, had the opportunity to participate in a filmmaking program and competition called Samsung Mobile Fresh Films. McGuire and 99 other teenagers 14 to 19 years old were selected from thousands of applications after submitting a story idea and short essay explaining why they wanted to participate.
Nine film crews of 11 youths each were chosen in nine cities; McGuire was on the Portland team. Each team had only seven days to cast, storyboard, produce, shoot and edit an approximately 10-minute film in one of three genres.
McGuire's team shot the film "Surviving Emily," in the National Guard Action Hero genre, about a rescue on Mount Hood. Filming support, including being driven up the mountain to the filming site and providing a Blackhawk helicopter for use in the rescue scene, was provided by the National Guard.
Viewers can see "Surviving Emily," listed as the Portland entry, at (www.fresh-films.com/action.htm). Voting for the best of the three films in the genre will continue online until Wednesday Aug. 13, when the film with the most votes will advance to the next round of the competition. Those who wish to vote for the Portland entry can also text PORTLAND to 95615.
In addition, the films will be judged by a panel that includes: Sean Astin, actor; Joe Nussbaum, director; Clare Kilner, director; Tom Skerritt, actor; Rick Cleveland, writer; and Mark Harris, documentary filmmaker and University of Southern California professor.
McGuire, the daughter of Nancy and Peter McGuire, will be entering the ninth grade at Naselle-Grays River Valley High School this fall.