2021 Revolutionary Documentary Contest

Sept. 23, 2020

To promote an interest for our state’s history, Revolutionary Spaces and Boston Duck Tours, with the support of Revolution 250, are sponsoring a video documentary contest for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The winning team will receive a $1,000 prize to be divided among the team members.  Each team member will also receive a family Boston Duck Tour and  passes to the Old State House. Teams may consist of four or fewer students. This is an after school team project, not a classroom project. The students on a team do not have to attend the same school or be in the same grade.

Teams will research, write and produce a video documentary on an historic event that took place in their hometown or neighborhood. Or the documentary could be about a notable person who lived in their community. The documentary should be no more than 5 minutes in length. While teams may recruit friends to appear in the video, or help with production, only the team members actually producing the video are eligible for prizes.

The completed video should be uploaded to YouTube. The team leader should then send an email, with a link to the video, to jhealy@bostonducktours.com. Include the team leader’s name, address with zip code, phone number, and email address. Also include the names and contact information for the other team members. The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2021. After sending the link to the video, please be sure you receive an acknowledgement from Jim Healy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jim Healy  by email or at 617-438-4915.

Documentaries will be judged on creativity, historical accuracy, and production value.

Judges for the Documentary Contest will be Martin Blatt, PhD, History Department, Northeastern University; Professor Robert Allison, PhD, History Department, Suffolk University; and Nat Sheidley, President and CEO, Revolutionary Spaces.

Revolutionary Spaces brings people together to explore the vital debates about self-government that were sparked at the Old State House and the Old South Meeting House during Boston’s Revolutionary Era and that still animate our civic life today.

Revolution 250 is a growing consortium of organizations who have come together to celebrate, commemorate, and interpret the 250th anniversary of the events culminating in the American Revolution.

Boston Duck Tours is a world-renowned amphibious sightseeing company in Boston celebrating 26 years of operation and over 12 million guests.

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