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Films by Leah and Eli Kaliski Take First in Freedom and Unity Contest

Senior Leah Kaliski and her brother Eli Kaliski, a junior, were awarded first place in their subject categories in the 15 to 18 year old age group of the Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest this spring.

Leah’s film, In My Heart There is a Lemon, won first place in the Personal Stories category — her third first-place finish in three years. 

Eli’s film, In Search of Driving Heaven, won first place in the Vermont Arts and Culture category. This is the first year Eli contributed a film.

Leah and Eli made their films independent of a school, career center, or other type of formal educational program, with no trained assistance, no borrowed gear, and no advice on editing and sound software.

Leah’s film may be found here.



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