National filmmaker award goes to Milwaukee native

Malcolm D. Lee (L) & McDonald’s Franchisee Gale Hill (R) awarding competition winner Tyshun Wardlaw (middle) / photo by American Black Film Festival

For some, Milwaukee might not seem like a place of creative endeavor, but with the nationally recognized Milwaukee Film Festival and a budding film scene, one Milwaukee native, Tyshun Wardlaw has a national video competition for upcoming filmmakers.

From Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service:

Tyshun Wardlaw won a national video competition for rising filmmakers. One of three finalists for the McDonald’s “My Community” award, she was named the winner at the 20th Annual American Black Film Festival held in June in Miami Beach.

Wardlaw’s 90-second film “Be the Seed,” partially shot in a Walnut Way community garden, features the urban agriculture work of Hank McGowan and his 7-year-old son Kemari. Wardlaw and McGowan were classmates at Vincent High School.

The video, which will be posted on the McDonald’s 365Black website addresses a number of issues, including the influence of fathers in the lives of their children, healthy eating and working for the good of one’s community.

“(Winning) was exciting. “I am still in a state of shock,” said Wardlaw, who attended the festival.

“Be the Seed” competed against 75 films for the top prize. Wardlaw won an all-expenses-paid trip, a private mentoring luncheon with director Malcolm Lee and the two other finalists, exposure for her film on McDonald’s 365Black website and a cable channel, and $2,500 in film equipment.

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