July - August 2001
Two UCC videos—"Amistad Rising" and "Celebration: Who Do We Say We Are?"—have won Gold Awards from WorldFest Houston 2001, the largest corporate film and video competition in the world. The videos were produced by the UCC's former Office of Communication, now part of the Proclamation, Identity and Communication (PIC) Ministry, housed within the Office of General Ministries.
In existence for 35 years, this year's WorldFest received more than 4,300 video entries from 37 nations. A Gold Award must earn between 90-95 points out of 100.
"Amistad Rising" won in the Ethnic/Cultural Category, which had more than 50 entries.
"Celebration" won in the Corporate Image and Orientation Category, also with more than 50 entries.
"This is very cool!" exclaimed the Rev. Robert Chase, PIC Minister and Team Leader, "because this was tough competition. Corporations invest heavily in these products. That we can compete successfully in the 'identity marketplace' bodes well for our church's upcoming denominational identity campaign."
"Amistad Rising" combines the history of the 1839 story and the UCC's involvement in the construction of the ship's replica, now sailing from Connecticut as a floating classroom. It was produced by Robert Chase and Hans Holznagel and directed by Terry Peterson.
"Celebration: Who Do We Say We Are?" is the first in an annual series of "identity" videos, showcasing the many faces of the United Church of Christ. It was produced by Robert Chase and directed by Marilyn Dubasak. The second edition, "Where All Are Welcome," premiered at this year's General Synod/Assembly.
All three videos are available through UCC Resources: 800-325-7061.