DOWNTOWN OKLAHOMA CITY ANNOUNCES SECOND
VIDEO CONTEST HIGHLIGHTING DOWNTOWN MOMENTUM
Winner to be Announced at Dean A. McGee Awards on May 14
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 24, 2009) – Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. (DOKC) today announced the second annual video contest inviting amateur and professional filmmakers to capture and present their own version of downtown Oklahoma City’s momentum. The winner will be announced at the 23rd annual Dean A. McGee Awards to be held on Thursday, May 14, at the Skirvin Hilton and will receive a cash prize, a transferrable Oklahoma City University scholarship and other awards.
Each year, the Dean A. McGee Awards event has produced a video highlighting downtown’s progress over the previous year. In the spirit of the Oklahoma Creativity Project, DOKC last year invited the public to capture and present their view of downtown’s momentum. The winning entry by Walker Milligan from the first year’s video contest can be viewed at www.downtownokc.com in the Downtown News tab.
“We tapped into one of Oklahoma’s most creative assets last year,” said Meg Salyer, Dean A. McGee Awards co-chair for 2008 and 2009. “The unique nature and talent of our young people provided a perspective of how others see downtown’s development and vibrancy. Downtown’s growth continues to have a significant impact on the entire metro and is a result of the vision and leadership of those who have been recognized at this event through the years.” Salyer is co-chairing the 2009 awards ceremony with Jim Couch, city manager of the City of Oklahoma City.
The winning video will be previewed at the 2009 Dean A. McGee Awards, the premier Downtown leadership event. This year, downtown cultural leader James Pickel will receive the Dean A. McGee Award; a visionary of public-private partnerships, Cathy O’Connor, will receive the Stanley Draper Award, and an anchor of restoration, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, will receive the Neal Horton Award. In addition, Bricktown visionary Jim Brewer will be honored posthumously with special recognition.
The video contest winner will receive a $1,500 cash award from Downtown OKC, Inc., a $1,000 transferrable scholarship to Oklahoma City University, participation and recognition at the Dean A. McGee Awards and featured placement on the Downtown OKC website for one year.
Each video entry should focus on capturing the excitement of downtown Oklahoma City and reflect the growing momentum brought on through increased residential housing, new hotels and mixed-use developments, expanded events, office space, entertainment and development of the Oklahoma River.
The video length must not exceed two minutes and be produced on a DVD in a Windows Media Player or QuickTime file format. All entries must be delivered to Downtown OKC, Inc., located at 210 Park Avenue, Suite 230, by Noon on Friday, May 1, and include name, address, phone number and email address. All entries become the property of Downtown OKC, Inc. with appropriate credit to the producer(s) in any potential use.
Downtown OKC, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves to promote, market and develop downtown Oklahoma City in conjunction with numerous downtown stakeholders and manages the downtown Business Improvement District.
For more information, please call Downtown OKC, Inc. at 235-3500 or visit www.downtownokc.com.
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