SOURCE: The MY HERO Project, a not-for-profit, educational web project celebrating the best of humanity.

December 28, 2010 19:11 ET

The MY HERO Project: Heroes Bring Hope in the New Year

LAGUNA BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - December 28, 2010) - Looking for hope and inspiration in the New Year? The MY HERO Project has an answer -- a collection of inspiring short films from around the world.

Fifteen years ago, a group of parents envisioned a venue where people from all countries could share stories of the heroes who touched their lives. The idea was to counteract the negative role models prevalent in mainstream media with uplifting stories and captivating real-life heroes. This vision became The MY HERO Project and its award-winning website

MY HERO features films, essays, audio and artwork about those who make our world a better place.

This year, MY HERO celebrated its fifteenth anniversary at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Friends and filmmakers from around the globe gathered in the halls of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg for the MY HERO International Film Festival's Awards Ceremony.

The Best of the Fest featured Nobel Prize-winner Wangari Maathai in the short film Hummingbird, from the makers of Dirt! The Movie.

The Daniel Eldon Activist Award went to Pedal=Sight. Kathy Eldon, mother of the slain photojournalist, presented the honor to the filmmakers.

Teacher Rowena Gerber was recognized as a Global Educator for her model Solar Oven Program with a film made by Video Artists Skip Blumberg and Cheikh Seck from Senegal.

Tommy Carroll, a blind skateboarder and star of Logan Cascia's winning music video Believe, played drums with the jazz band at the ceremony.

Pakistani artist, activist and filmmaker Fauzia Minallah won the Ron Kovic Peace Prize for her film Let Them BloomKovic, whose autobiography Born on the 4th of July became a bestseller and Academy Award-winning film, gave a speech about the prize.

Kenji Williams performed a moving excerpt from his Bella Gaia, a poetic vision of Earth from space. His work was honored with the 2010 MY HERO Media Award.

This year's collection of winning films can be viewed at They are a wonderful way for families to focus on the goodness of humanity. All are invited to share their hero stories, art and short films with this global learning community.

Donations to this educational not-for-profit project help to keep the website a freely accessible resource to people around the world.

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