Are you interested in a career in film? This could be your first step.

GeoAg Short Film Competition, Bringing Life to Rocks, is searching for filmmakers to bring the new realities of Earth's most abundant resource (rocks) to life through film, TV, documentaries, investigative reporting, etc.

Can you rock a short film?

Key Dates Friday October 2, 2020 - Register to Submit a GeoAg Short Film - $10 Fee - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geoag-short-film-competition-tickets-119199527997 Tuesday December 1, 2020 - Short Film Submission Deadline Email - GeoAgMedia@Gmail.com

Sunday December 13, 2020 - GeoAg Short Film Awards Zoom Event 6pm - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geoag-short-film-awards-tickets-119507017707 Film Competition Overview

The science of Geological Agriculture (GeoAg) has come, and we need filmmakers to bring it to life. GeoAg is the study of growing plants in rocks without soils and fertilizers. Basically, we have unlocked the code of the rocks to grow food. Learn more about GeoAg at www.tosoilless.com [tosoilless.com]. Now To Soil Less, the company behind GeoAg, is seeking to hear from the filmmakers to help tell the stories of what else rocks can do for the human experience.

What is GeoAg?

The process of growing plants in rocks without soils and fertilizers. Learn more about GeoAg at www.tosoilless.com [tosoilless.com]. Subscribe to our GeoAg Media YouTube channel and see a host of videos, media, radio shows and workshops of team GeoAg teaching the new ways to grow in rocks in food deserts on the GeoAg Media YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpJMiLQ182SFsHR1DC9Ykrg/playlists

Filmmaker Overview

We need filmmakers to bring the new realities of Earth's most abundant resource (rocks) to life through film, TV, documentaries, investigative reporting, etc. now that we have figured out that rocks do more than we knew.

Prizes 1st Place - $2,000 2nd Place - $1,000 3rd Place - $500

Competition Eligibility, Logistics and Timeline

Anyone who wants to submit can from anywhere around the world. (Must be in English or English Subtitles) You need to review what GeoAg is and put media ideas in a 5 minute short film.

Register to submit a film by Friday Oct 2nd. $10 registration fee. Once you register, we will send additional GeoAg information.

No pornography content nor crimes on film.

Upload your film to YouTube and email to GeoAgMedia@gmail.com by Tuesday December 1st.

Top 10 finalists notified by December 7th.

Top 10 finalists will screen at GeoAg Short Film Awards on Sunday December 13th at 6pm

Audience votes to select the top 3 winners.

Remaining 10 finalists to be posted on GeoAg Media YouTube channel.

Cashapp payments to top 3 winners the night of the zoom awards.

Examples of Storylines with GeoAg realities:

The kid who learns how to grow microgreens in rocks, starts a business and then...

Or the astronauts who travel to space, land on a planet and can use the rock to eat from and then.....

Or the guy who left jail with the skill of GeoAg and grows new strains of cannabis, and then....

Or the scuba team on the open seas looking for the best rock to eat from and then.....

Or the mom who is facing eviction and learns about GeoAg, feeds the family and gets hired to teach GeoAg in food deserts and then....

See US State Department blog about GeoAg: https://yali.state.gov/introduction-to-geological-agriculture/

See media interviews and 22-day time lapse training commercial shot and edited by a NASA videographer at the end of the 30-minute clip: https://youtu.be/rUX1UznWQCY

Young at heart: Leap Year 'children' speak

by Jayna Strong and Ashley Walton

About one in 1,500 babies were born on Feb. 29, the Leap Year day that occurs every four years.

This 2012 is a Leap Year.

So the big questions are when do Leap Year babies indulge in birthday festivities and how do they feel about Leap Year? February, or March? Love it, or hate it?

"I've always had parties on March 1, simply because celebrating a day earlier is bad luck in my book," said James Laney, a police officer from Orangeburg S.C. "Plus, being a Leap Year baby keeps me young, I'm 56 years old and I've only had 16 birthdays."

"It's not a big deal to me," said Christian Arroyo, of North Plainfield, N.J. "I personally just celebrate my birthday Feb. 28, not in March, since I was born in February," who was hours short of his fifth or 20th birthday.

"I love birthdays, even if it isn't my own," said Courtney, a high school student, also from New Jersey. "Unfortunately, I don't get to have mine every year. I do hate it, I'm technically only 4 years old [or 16] when you think about it. It's something I haven't gotten used to yet."

Chrischele Wright of Brooklyn N.Y., and a Hampton University sophomore criminal justice major, said, "Even though it's my birthday, it's also the week of midterms. I will probably spend the majority of the day studying. Who knows, maybe when I'm done, I'll go out to dinner or do something else with a few of my closest friends."

While the novelty of Leap Year may seem like a great conversation starter, there is a disadvantage of having a birthday on Feb. 29: Some online applications do not recognize the rare event it as an actual day, said Yvonne Trimm of Atlanta: "I was doing an application for something online last year and when I put in Feb. 29, it said it was invalid and I had entered the wrong date for my birthday. That was not the first time that had happened."

The telemarketer turns 8 [or 32] today.

The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.