MIHS grad earns acclaim for UW short film

Cheryl Crow's video won Honorable Mention at the 2009 UW PocketMedia Film Festival.

Cheryl Crow's video won Honorable Mention at the 2009 UW PocketMedia Film Festival.

Mercer Island High School graduate Cheryl Crow, currently an orientation specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center, won an honorable mention award in the UW’s first annual Pocketmedia Film Festival. The amateur film festival asked UW students, faculty and staff to submit a digital film — no more than 90 seconds long and shot with a camera small enough to fit in a pocket — answering the question “What do you do at the UW?”

The judging panel considered 35 films, awarding one grand-prize winner, a “people’s choice” winner and three honorable mentions. Crow, who graduated from MIHS in 2000, won an honorable mention for her film, “All in a Day’s Shoe.”

Propelled by Crow’s upbeat personality, the narrative follows several pairs of the UW employee’s shoes to illustrate her typical day on campus: a worn pair of running shoes for trips between the UW Tower and medical center, soccer shoes for her afternoon scrimmage with friends in the electrical engineering department and dancing slippers for sessions with UW Swing Kids. The short video is humorous and captures Crow’s dynamic roll at the University of Washington.

The Pocketmedia judges considered story content, production value, artistic content, originality and use of the university’s purple W logo in choosing winners. The contest was developed “to expand the digital literacy of today’s students” in a “low-barrier way,” said Harry Hayward, UW director of Electronic Media and Special Programs.

Go here to see Crow’s film on YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HyrYyYHwBg

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