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Community Asked to Vote Online for UVI Student Filmmaker

UVI junior communications major Sondria Pemberton has been selected as one of seven finalists in the national Sprint 4G Filmmakers Challenge. The community's help is needed to vote at for Pemberton's short film, "Sprint 4G Saves Tropical Day," which can be viewed at the website.

The Sprint 4G Filmmakers Challenge is open to college students across the nation, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The competition pits Pemberton's short film against those produced by six other finalists, all of whom were required to utilize a video-enabled 4G Sprint mobile device or any video-capable device. The two entries with the highest number of votes win a $2,500 cash prize to launch their career, roundtrip airfare and ground transportation to Washington, D.C., hotel accommodations for two nights, and lunch with a Sprint executive.

Votes from the Virgin Islands community and abroad are needed. Pemberton is confident that with the help of the community, a sufficient number of votes can be obtained, which will enable her to win. Votes must be cast online utilizing a computer. Voting is open until Tuesday, March 29th.

The competition's head judge and ambassador is Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba, whose dramatic resume includes a starring role in the Tyler Perry film "Daddy's Little Girls."

Pemberton urged the community to utilize social media to spread the word, as several votes are needed to help her on her competitive journey. Votes can be cast at .

"Vote every day until Tuesday, March 29th," Pemberton said. She thanked UVI Communications Instructor Dr. Alexander Randall, 5th for the training she has received.

According to Sprint, the 4G Filmmakers Challenge offers diverse students a chance to demonstrate their creativity using the cutting-edge technology of smartphone devices.

The community may remember Pemberton as the voice of "Good News" on WSTA as a summer intern.

For further information, contact Sondria Pemberton at (340) 344-2693.