Texas Sisters Win Video Competition With Inspiring Story Of Conquering Disease
June 4, 2004 -- Sixteen-year old twin sisters from New Braunfels, Texas have produced a 45-second short film on living with childhood diabetes which has just taken top honors in a new competition aimed at raising awareness about the disease. Jennifer and Sarah Roth have won the inaugural 'Pricks and Pumps: living with diabetes competition' which was initiated earlier this year by Australian music group, BROTHER, whose front-man and founder, Hamish Richardson, has had diabetes since he was a boy. Entrants were asked to convey one idea about living with diabetes, either through a short digital video presentation, or through a series of captioned digital photographs.
'The twins' message is one of sharing, daring and solidarity,' says Richardson, who brought together a high-profile panel of industry judges to help him pick the winner, including Hollywood literary/movie agent Lisa Callamaro (Legally Blonde and Man Without a Face); movie editor Keith Sauter (Traffic and Oceans Eleven) and children's author and 'King of Kids' (he has sixteen foster children), Robert Richter. Two judges with personal experience of living with diabetes were on the panel: Zippora Karz, former prima ballerina with the NYC ballet and Clare Rosenfeld, the schoolgirl activist who is an international advocate for young people with diabetes.
"Jennifer and Sarah are inspirational," says Ms Callamaro. "They are well spoken, talented and life-loving young women who have clearly managed their childhood diabetes with great grace. Their film has a broader message about illness to which I'm sure others can relate, so they made the conquering of their diabetes feel very universal and age-blind. Best of all, they provided a great soundtrack!' (The film opens to the sound of the siblings singing the old standard, 'Sisters').
Six year old Jessi Martin from Ohio was named runner-up in the competition for her spunky short film in which she says conquering her diabetes 'takes a brave heart' as she is seen practicing her favorite highland dances. "Jessi's story is a brave and endearing one," says Hamish Richardson. "Sword dancing and diabetes - a wonderful analogy."
Unlike adult-onset diabetes, which is often related to diet and lifestyle and which often can be controlled without the use of insulin injections, childhood diabetes is believed to be caused by a breakdown in the child's immune system, where the pancreas stops producing insulin altogether. Children with diabetes must use daily insulin doses, from syringes or wearable pumps attached to their skin, in order to survive. The 'Pricks and Pumps' series (the next competition will be launched soon) is BROTHER's latest salvo in the war against childhood diabetes. The California-based Aussie band uses its live performances and didgeridoos (the Australian Aboriginal ceremonial instrument which is a signature of the band's music), to raise funds and awareness to fight childhood diabetes.
The Roth twins and Jessi Martin will receive a swag of BROTHER CDs, apparel and a custom-made didgeridoo as well as a certificate signed by the judges.
To view both entries, go to:
For more information on the Pricks and Pumps competition, contact Tina Broad on [email protected]
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