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Contest Gives Teens a Shot at the Big Screen

Teens participating in the competition also documented their filming process.
Teens participating in the competition also documented their filming process.

Across the country, 10 short films are being created for the same reason many short films get made: to compete with other short films, and and perhaps to jumpstart the careers of the people who made them.

In this case, however, the filmmakers are all teenagers, working in teams for a project called Fresh Films. The competing films come from New York, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Nashville, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Shooting began in June; all of the completed films will be online by the end of this month, and audiences can vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced in mid-August and will be honored in L.A. in September.

Margot Adler visits with the New York crew as they shoot scenes in Riverside Park.

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Margot Adler died on July 28, 2014 at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer. Listen to NPR Correspondent David Folkenflik's retrospective on her life and career