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SUNY Plattsburgh Student Finalist in Future Filmmaker Contest

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ A 30-second public service announcement (PSA) by a SUNY Plattsburgh student has been selected one of five finalists in the "Lights, Camera, Action: Future Filmmakers for International Aid" contest sponsored by the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI).

Corey Collins is an audio-radio/digital media production major from Tampa, Fla. His production, titled "Relief," is an animated PSA that was created as a class project for his Advanced Multimedia Design course. 

Collins said he was excited about the project. "With all the catastrophes that seem to hit our planet, I thought it was a good way to let the public know how they can best help when a disaster strikes."

Not foreign to creating award-winning productions, Collins received an "Outstanding Animator's Award" at the Department of Communication's 2006 Student Recognition Showcase for his "Losing Your Head" and "Bush's Pretzel Logic" animated shorts in April.

Finalist entries for the CIDI contest are posted on the CIDI website at www.cidi.org where the public can vote for their favorite.

Professor Tim Clukey, instructor for the SUNY Plattsburgh course, encourages individuals to visit the site and vote for Collins' entry. "Go to the CIDI website and show your support for SUNY Plattsburgh by voting for Corey's PSA," said Clukey. "Corey did a great job with this piece, and what's most telling is that his is the only animated entry."

Voting ends on Friday, May 26, and winners will be announced by the end of the month. In addition to national recognition, the top three entries in the contest will share $10,000 in prize money.

CIDI launched the contest on March 20 following a year of international disasters and urgent calls for help from the victims. The CIDI contest targeted U.S.-based university students, seeking their help in creating an educational 30-second television PSA to raise awareness for international disaster relief efforts.

Based in Arlington, VA, CIDI was created in 1988 and serves as a citizen resource in support of appropriate global international disaster relief. 

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