Hawaii students place in C-SPAN documentary competition
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A documentary produced by a Punahou student will be shown on C-SPAN next month.
Matthew Shimura hopes to get the attention of Congress with his message about Clean Energy.
In his 7 minute video, Shimura says "A National clean energy plan is the most important issue for you to consider in 2014 to break the clean energy gridlock."
He adds, "Even though my State has abundant energy within our borders, we still rely on fossil fuel for over 80 percent of our needs."
Renewable energy hit close to home for the Punahou Junior. In his words, "I guess people have different things that speak to them and this really spoke to me."
His second prize winning documentary "Breaking the Gridlock" was inspired by his parents' decision to install a solar system. Shimura added, "I was interested in how our Island and how our State was affected by renewable energy."
The aspiring documentary maker already has an impressive resume. This is his third time placing in C-SPAN's Student Cam competition.
He's putting his 15-hundred dollar prize in a college fund. Matthew hopes to attend film school at USC or NYU, and looks forward to seeing his documentary on TV.
Shimura said, "It's always nerve wracking to see your movie because you know other people are watching as well, but I'll definitely record it when it airs."
C-SPAN received 23-hundred entries, including one from Maui High Juniors Austin Alimbuyuguen and Joseph Griffith about income inequality.
Their documentary posed this question: "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, but what's the big deal?"
The Maui students received honorable mention and a 250 dollar prize.
Alimbuyuguen told us by phone, "There's all this new data and stuff we didn't know about. It's pretty surprising some of the stuff we found."
Shimura's documentary will air all day long on C-SPAN coming up on Wednesday on April 16th. You can view his 2nd place submission "Breaking the Gridlock" at this link.