Ben Hume, a Lee’s Summit West High School senior, was recognized in early September by nationally recognized filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Mr. Burns and Ms. Novick were in the Kansas City metropolitan area to promote “The Vietnam War,” a film debuting Sept. 17 on PBS.
Ben’s film about the Vietnam War was one of four student films showcased Sept. 8 at “KCPT Presents the Vietnam War: An Evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,” held in Kansas City. Two local veterans also joined Mr. Burns and Ms. Novick on stage after the screening for a conversation about the Vietnam War and its impact.
Ben entered the KCPT 19 contest, Voices of Vietnam, several months ago. Through the competition, students were asked to create a short documentary video about someone who had been impacted by the Vietnam War. At the Sept. 8 event, the four winning videos were shown. Ben and the other winners had the opportunity to meet Mr. Burns and Mr. Novick.
A student in Karrie Smythia’s LSWHS International Baccalaureate film course, Ben entered the competition as part of coursework requiring students to enter local, regional or state filmmaking contests. The subject of Ben’s film was Michael Angell, a local Vietnam War veteran.
In the photos, Ben is pictured talking to Ken Burns and being interviewed by media.