June 23, 2008 22:01 ET

PBS's "Independent Lens" Announces the Winner of the "Independent Lens" Filmocracy Mashup Contest: Kylee Darcy's "Corn King Takes Over the World"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - ITVS Interactive (Independent Television Service) and PBS's Emmy® Award-winning weekly series "Independent Lens" announce Kylee Darcy of Fairfax, Calif., as the grand prize winner of the inaugural PBS "Independent Lens" Filmocracy online video mashup contest. Darcy, whose entry was chosen by the "KING CORN" filmmakers, will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and her short will be screened nationwide as part of "Independent Lens's" Community Cinema this fall. She also will receive a "KING CORN" DVD, its soundtrack and more.

The PBS "Independent Lens" presentation of "KING CORN," a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation, provided the backdrop for the first Filmocracy Mashup Contest. Directed by Aaron Woolf, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, "KING CORN" premiered on "Independent Lens" on April 15, 2008. Running March through May, the Filmocracy Mashup Contest asked competitors to make a statement about the politics of food in America using "KING CORN" clips and footage from Getty Images. Contestants uploaded their own clips, then mixed it all up with the Eyespot online editing tool.

Darcy, 19, a health-conscious sophomore at UC Berkeley, is passionate about the politics of food. She came across the Filmocracy contest while she was conducting research for work about the relationship between nutrition, exercise and mental health. For her entry, "Corn King Takes Over the World," Darcy created her own hand-drawn animation and mixed it up on Eyespot with clips from "KING CORN" and Getty Images to make a bold and colorful statement about the politics of food.

"I got the idea of things pouring out of the corn when I was reading on the 'KING CORN' website about how many foods include corn," said Darcy. "The list just went on and on -- that made me think of the visual of the corn splitting open with food products spilling out en masse. The little monster represents the overindulged child growing into an obese adult as well as the effect of fast food on our country -- we truly have created a monster."

To help contestants with their mashups, Filmocracy made available "Learn From the Pros," six exclusive shorts by independent documentary filmmakers offering mentorship and practical tips. Darcy, an amateur filmmaker, found "Learn From the Pros" very useful in helping her create the winning entry.

In addiition to a grand prize winner, the most popular video and the highest-rated video were chosen based on input from Filmocracy site visitors. The most popular entry is "And So It Is," by Ananta, and the highest-rated entry is "The Politics of Food," by Brandon Savoie.

The prototype for Filmocracy was created in the American Film Institute's (AFI) Digital Content Lab. Filmocracy is a joint project of "Independent Lens," ITVS, Eyespot, Getty Images and Exopolis, with guidance from individuals at 20th Century Fox, kontent films and Druid Media.

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