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Eleven-Year-Old Filmmaker Wins Video Award

Henry Putney as Grandma.
Henry Putney as Grandma.

BARRE — Eleven-year old Henry Putney from Manchester earned the top honor of “People’s Choice” in this year’s Button-Up Video contest. Putney plays seven different characters in his humorous self-produced entry “What Do You Do If You’re Cold?” The two-minute story placed first in November’s national online voting competition. It can be viewed at ButtonUpVermont.org.

Capstone Community Action sponsored the contest to inspire Vermonters to take action to lower their heating costs and do something positive for the planet. Eleven finalists in different age groups developed clever, artistic, and highly original looks at the theme of buttoning up our homes to make them cozier, save energy dollars, and fight climate change.

Putney is a sixth grader at Manchester Elementary Middle School. He created his movie with a laptop computer provided by the school. This is the first contest he’s ever entered and he says he was motivated by the challenge of creating a video that would entertain and inform. The $300 prize will go towards his purchase of a video camera. Putney was awarded Most Humorous for 8th Grade and Younger in the qualifying round to capture a finalist spot.

For more information visit ButtonUpVermont.org, Button Up Vermont on Facebook, or contact Paul Zabriskie, paulz@capstonevt.org. Button Up Vermont is located at 19 Gable Place in Barre, Vermont.