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To steal or not to steal — Val Verde High video examining moral dilemma earns school $500

By in Press Enterprise on June 15, 2017

By Staff report

A nearly 5-minute video examining the ethical dilemma behind the five-finger discount – aka theft – has earned Val Verde High School in Perris $500.

The video was produced for the California Student Media Festival, which celebrates innovation and multimedia projects from students statewide.

Also recognized were videos from UC Riverside’s ArtsBlock, a video production workshop that is designed to teach high school students the necessary skills to make their own documentary film.

The awards were presented June 3 at Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

The festival “provides an opportunity for students to share their creativity and see their media projects’ impact outside of the classroom,” said Jamie Myers, PBS SoCal’s chief operating officer and vice president of Education and Community Engagement. “Recognition at events like this one can become catalysts for future careers in media and the arts, and we are proud to support students and educators through this festival.”

The festival is made possible because of a partnership between PBS SoCal and CUE, a nonprofit organization representing over 10,000 teachers and school administrators.

The Perris video, titled “5 Finger Discount,” follows student Charlie Harper, who wrestles with whether he should steal a fellow student’s fancy phone.

One of the ArtsBlock videos, “Unrecognized, Invisible & Latina: The Hollywood Struggle,” follows budding filmmakers as they take on how Latinas are presented on film.

The other ArtsBlock video, “Buzzkill,” focuses on the importance of bees—and why they’re disappearing.

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