Austin teens to show video on C-SPAN

By Karen Colbenson

The winning video in C-SPAN’s

"StudentCam" documentary competition will be shown for the first time on the "Washington Journal" program at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The video was made by Anthony Hernandez and Dustin Gillard of Austin.

The premiere will be followed by a live interview with Hernandez.


The video is called "Our Duty" and addresses the Iraq War on a national and local level. It features the student’s own interviews with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan.

Their documentary was one of 250 entries received this year by "StudentCam," a program to encourage middle school and high school students to explore political topics using C-SPAN programming.

"To be recognized for our hard work is really satisfying," Hernandez told the Post-Bulletin in May.

According to Hernandez, it took him and Gillard nearly three months to complete the video, which captures varying opinions about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We are just happy when people can see our (film)," Gillard said in May.

Hernandez and Gillard also won last year’s grand prize in the annual C-SPAN competition for their documentary about immigration.

The StudentCam competition names 45 winners, accompanied by $25,000 in cash awards.

A version of this story appears in the Austin Post-Bulletin.

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