Two eight-minute documentaries — one on biodiesel fuels, the other on social networking— have earned sophomores Jason Chen and Harrison Macon all-expense-paid trips to Qatar. The films they produced have been nominated for five awards at the THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) Qatar Northwestern Film Festival, which serves as a platform for young people worldwide to create advocacy films on local or global issues.
Jason's film, Biofuels: Fuels of the Future, was nominated for Best Editing and Best Poster. In producing the film, Jason interviewed physics teacher Eric Knispel, who coordinates the biodiesel program at Burroughs; Dr. Pam Keck of the National Corn Growers Association; Dr. David Morgenstern of Monsanto; and Professor Yinjie Tang of Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. To view the film, click here.
Harrison's documentary entitled Connected looks at technology addiction and how it impacts communication and social skills. In addition to interviewing several Burroughs students, who talk about how they interact with their peers, Harrison talked to his principal, Scott Deken, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience. The film was nominated in the categories of Best Sound, Best Story and Best Poster. To view the film, click here.
This year’s festival from April 17 through 19 will be the third festival in which Burroughs students have participated. Senior Donald Soffer's film, Bottled Rationality, was nominated for two awards in 2012, and junior Faraz Ahmad's film, Battles with Food, was nominated for four awards in 2013. Nominees are awarded flight to and accommodations in Doha.