Alumnus Wins Prize in Video Contest

Carl Canwell, mass media graduate, takes home 3rd place

By: Becky St. Clair

Canwell graduated from WWU in 2008.

Carl Canwell, 2008 mass communications graduate, recently won third place and $1,000 in a nationwide video contest sponsored by the Christophers.

The Christophers, a non-profit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, uses the mass media to encourage individuals to use their God-given abilities to make a positive difference in the world.

The contest specified that videos had to be less than 5 minutes long, and interpret the theme “One Person Can Make a Difference.” Canwell’s winning film was a music video about a man who is scared to take risks, but in the end finds out that only by taking risks can one truly live.

Canwell began working on the script at the beginning of his senior year at Walla Walla University.  He was determined to use a song by Aaron Roche called, “The Gospel According to Luke.”  He went through two story ideas before settling on the third and final story.

The footage for the video was shot entirely in three days. The rest of the year was spent editing the footage and preparing it for submission to the contest. When all was finished, the video was entitled “The Gospel,” and told the story of one man’s life-changing encounter with a stranger – all without dialogue.

“When I get heavily involved in a project like this, it’s hard to know how it will come across to others who aren’t involved,” says Canwell. “But winning this award reminded me that I am on the right track for my goal of positively impacting the world through media.”

If you are interested in seeing Canwell’s video, email Carl Canwell (

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