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File #: 170481    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/11/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/11/2017
Title: Recognizing and honoring Overbrook High School graduates Joyce "Eli" Bevins and Jean "Lu" Bevins for their recognition by the Cannes Film Festival for the short film "My Dear Arthur".
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature17048100.pdf
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Recognizing and honoring Overbrook High School graduates Joyce "Eli" Bevins and Jean "Lu" Bevins for their recognition by the Cannes Film Festival for the short film "My Dear Arthur".

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WHEREAS, Joyce and Jean Bevins are Philadelphia natives and graduates of Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia. After graduating from Overbrook, the twin sisters went on to earn Bachelor of Science Degrees in Computer Science from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina in 2012. Both Joyce and Jean then entered the Master's Program at Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing on full academic scholarships and graduated in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Joyce and Jean always had a passion for filmmaking. The sisters began writing scripts as early as elementary school and continued working on their craft throughout high school. During their days as graduate students at Indiana University, they continued writing and making films; and

WHEREAS, The Bevins' sisters dual roles as filmmakers and graduate school students often required long days of work, limited sleep, and matchless determination. With assistance from students in the Theatre Department who acted in their productions, the Bevins sisters decided to enter their films in contests to determine how well their work would be received; and

WHEREAS, They started in 2014 with Campus MovieFest, which is the world's largest student film festival. In 2015, the Bevins sisters submitted three films that were contenders in Hollywood's (2015) Campus MovieFest (CMF) competition: My Dear Arthur, The Exit, and ID. As a result, they won two Jury Film Awards: one for Best Actress and the other for Best Editor; and

WHEREAS, The social justice films created by the Bevins sisters are often inspired by Philadelphia's well-documented chronicles of poverty, crime and unbalanced opportunities amongst the City's diverse population, all of which the Bevins sisters believe are not illuminated on commercial mov...

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