Young Danville Video Contestants Honored

Awards ceremony Sunday for “Be Reel” video contest


Be Reel2It may not have been the Academy Awards but for several area youth, Sunday's Be Reel Contest Awards Ceremony was a great opportunity to have their work as filmmakers honored before friends and family. 

Street Smarts is a traffic safety program designed to spread the word to area youth about safe cycling, skating and walking practices. Funded by a federal Safe Routes to School Grant, the program is sponsored by the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and Contra Costa County. Each year the program holds contests at the elementary, middle school and high school levels to give youth an opportunity to help in promoting safety in the community.Be Reel 3 

The video contest, targeted at middle school aged students, encourages the students to submit a one minute public service announcement video discussing bike safety. A total of 97 students chose to participate this year, over the course of two sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring.

The premier was held  September 26 at the Village Theatre, 233 Front Street. Nearly 100 people packed into the theatre for a reception and then the Awards Ceremony. Presenters at the ceremony included Town Councilwoman Candace Andersen, San Ramon Vice Mayor Carol Rowley and SRVUSD Trustee Ken Mintz.

The short videos were screened and the students who created the works had an opportunity to talk about what inspired their work. Afterwards, first prize was awarded to Diablo Vista Middle Schoolers Danielle Morelan, Kate Callahan and Michael Collari.  2nd Place was awarded to Charlotte Wood Middle Schoolers Gregg Polosky and Jack McGill.

 Be ReelAll of the finalists’ videos will be aired next month on Contra Costa Television. Air dates for the videos will be:  Wednesday, September 22 at 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 29 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 30 at 5 p.m.  CCTV is Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32 and AT&T U-verse channel 99. The videos will also be available online at

Those who missed out on the contest this year will have another opportunity as the contest begins again for middle school students on October 1.  The theme for the 2010-11 year is “Walking and biking to school together is the cool thing to do.”   



For more information on the awards ceremony or the Street Smarts program contact Street Smarts Coordinator Nat Rojanasathira at (925) 314-3382 or