by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Spectrum High School film class students earned second place in a state-wide Public Service Announcement film competition for influenza prevention, sponsored by Kohl’s and Children’s Hospital.
The group directed by teacher Jesse Ramsey will receive their trophy and a $1,500 prize for the school’s film program on May 1 at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. Minnehaha Academy won first prize.
The criteria for the film was to present four ways to prevent the spread of flu, with a strict limit of two minutes.
“Spectrum’s film class came up with a fun and spooky scenario for their PSA,” said Ramsey, “wherein the students neglect the basic steps of influenza prevention and turn into zombies.”
Rebecca Schultz plays the terrified last survivor and narrator, trying to hide from the zombies. Others in the production are Nicolette Anders, Brandon Burgoine, Andrew Fellner, Nicholas Ness, Shaniqua Pulungan, Anna Rabe, Diane Rokhmima, Diana Salisbury, Jacob Shockley, Jaden Schockley, Alex Sorterberg and Andrew Wirz.
The film, entitled “The Breakout,” can be viewed on Vimeo by searching for Children’s Hospital/Kohl’s Flu Prevention Video Contest 2011–2012, or by visiting vimeo.com/groups/fluprevention.