Lymon Y’all of Georgia

During the current school year, I have been reading Carla Javier’s weekly column in the Knoxville News Sentinel. I got an interesting email from her the other day. She probably doesn’t realize that I already knew who she was.

My name is Carla Javier and I am a senior at Knoxville Catholic. (Sidenote: I actually was on the Scholars’ Bowl team with Frank Jr. when I was a freshman. Small world.)
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I am contacting you because I have a story that I think you might find interesting, that I was hoping you could maybe mention on your blog.
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Last winter, I applied to Sprite Refreshing Films in conjunction with Dreaming Tree Films for the chance to go to a big city for a week and produce a short film with a celebrity. In January, I received my call, informing me I was one of 60 filmmakers chosen from a pool of over 4500 applications. I traveled to Atlanta for a week in February to shoot a short film– from script to casting to rehearsals to shooting to editing– featuring none other than Grammy-nominated Natasha Bedingfield (whose songs, by the way, I hear quite often played on your station!)
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Anyway, the reason why I am emailing you is our film is set to release on April 12. The trailer will be in movie theaters– like our own Pinnacle–, the popcorn buckets will be promoting the program (which gives young filmmakers like myself the once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot a film with stars!), and the voting begins.
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Voting? See, five other cities like my own had teams like mine that created their own films with other celebrities. We are in a contest. April 12-22 we are facing off with the Dallas team with a voting competition. Votes are texts (‘ATL’ to 777483). Also, if people vote with cap codes from bottles of Sprite, then we get 10 extra points. Whichever team wins then faces off with the other two winners, and whoever wins that will be able to present at an LA summer film festival.
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I enjoyed my experience so much and would love to share it with the community, as well as try to earn their support in the contest. My week working on the film and meeting Natasha was hectic, exciting, and something I really think your readers would like.
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Anyway, any support you could give would be very much appreciated!
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Thanks and just let me know,
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Carla Javier

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