15 year old twins win CNN award for video on Occupy Wall Street

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, June 24, 2012 18:32 EDT
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A video that fifteen year old twins Anna and Rachel Otto created on “Occupy Wall Street, Day 23″ has won them an award for “Compelling Imagery” in the Second Annual CNN iReport Awards.

In an interview with CNN’s Randi Kaye, the two girls described how they had put together a PowerPoint presentation last October — when they were only fourteen — to convince their father to take them from Fairfax, Virginia to New York City so they could film Occupy Wall Street.

The maturity of the twins’ editing skills is apparent in the music video they turned out, which caused one of the judges to exclaim that it “demonstrates some great instincts in editing and production.”

That accomplishment is all the more impressive since when they spoke to CNN they sounded like any inarticulate fifteen year olds.

Anna explained that they’d gotten really interested in Occupy Wall Street because they “had heard about it, like, all over Facebook and Twitter and a little bit in the news, and so we just kind of wanted to see, like what was going on, like what was happening.”

“Being nominated was like ‘Oh, my gosh,’” Rachel remarked, “and then winning the award was like ‘Whoa!’ — like ‘What?’”

This video is from CNN and was uploaded to YouTube by MOXNews on June 24, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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