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Film by students takes top honors
International event is next for documentary
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Riverview Middle School teacher Marcia Faircloth watches a film made by students Mia Austin and Harley Pruitt. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

A 13-minute Civil War documentary made by two Riverview Middle School students is on its way to an international competition after winning big at the state level.


Mia Austin and Harley Pruitt took top honors for their short movie “More than a Uniform” on April 30 at the 2010 Georgia Student Media Festival in Jonesboro.

Marcia Faircloth, the gifted students’ teacher, said the film was “a very well-put-together piece of work.”


“The script, the pictures they chose, the background music, the way they put the aged film look on it ... it stood out because it was different from so many others,” Faircloth said.


Pruitt said the film detailed “how the soldiers in the Civil War would dress, what they would carry and how they would carry it.”


Austin said the film delved into the back story, “beyond the uniform.”


“He tells you what he wears,” Austin said, “but then he tells you about preparing for battle and specifically what he carried.”


Austin said Brett Martin, the re-enactor who starred in the documentary, deserves credit as well.


She asked Martin, a fellow member of Coal Mountain Baptist Church, to play the part.


“He was really cool,” she said.


Overall, Austin said, it was a good experience.


“We learned a little about making films,” she said. “It was a first.”


Faircloth said it was a first for her as well.


“It was the first time I’ve entered any students’ work into this festival,” she said. “...It was exciting for me as their teacher that they received a superior rating for their work, and now they’re going to the international competition.”


The event is scheduled for Oct. 28-30 in Anaheim, Calif.