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North Lake Student Wins Film Contest

Dallas International Film Festival Recognizes Dillon White

IRVING, Texas- The Dallas International Film Festival 2012 award winners were announced and honored Friday at the annual The Dallas Film Society Honors gala. Among the winners, three-time Academy Award nominee Laura Linney, costume design legend Bernie Pollack and North Lake College student Dillon White.  A finalist in TXU Energy’s student film contest “Light Up the Red Carpet,” White received first place for his energy conscious film ZAP!
Part of North Lake’s TV Workshop, ZAP! began from a class project. The story surrounds a special dog, Zap, who decides to save electricity by turning off his owner’s appliances while they are at work.
Accepting her Dallas Shining Star Award, Gabourey Sidibe, star of Precious, thanked students like White.
“This is very special to me, to be in this room among students who are deciding to do this, to add to the world in an artful way,” Sidibe said. “I want to thank the students for choosing to do this, because I didn’t think I could do it. I am in awe of you. You make me wrong, and I thank you so much for making me wrong.”
Along with its notoriety, the TXU Energy award includes $7500 in technology grants to be split evenly between White and the sustainability-focused North Lake College. Excited and passionate White noted, “Film is the epitome of teamwork, and it's rewarding because the process utilizes all kinds of creative, hard working people. I love making art, and a film crew is like family to me.”
Director White joined his crew Saturday at Trinity River Park to film his newest piece Lucky Red. A short film about a neighborhood race between kids, Lucky Red is equipped by several major companies, including: Electric Light & Power, Filmworkers Club, Heavy Artillery, Kodak, MPS Studios, and Panavision.
"I'm just taken back by the generosity of the people who funded our project," White told WFAA-TV. "Kudos to them, and for believing in students and investing in our future."
21-year-old Dillon White was born in Rowlett, Texas and is a graduate of Rockwall High School. He is currently pursuing his Associates Degree in Video Technology at North Lake College.
Zap! and Lucky Red will premier at the NLC Video Festival May 3, 2012.
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