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GoldStar, a film presented by Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), centering on a young girl who dedicates a love song to her teacher and the ensuing homophobic reactions from school officials and her mother, took the “People’s Choice” top honor at the fifth annual PBS Online Film Festival.

The Twin Cities PBS short film Artist Day Jobs: Emily Lynch Victory, a profile of an artist who cracks the code of complex math in her paintings, was the most viewed of the 25 short films screened online.

GoldStar follows Iliana, who dedicates a love song to her teacher during an elementary school talent show. The ensuing homophobic reactions from school officials and her mother taint the experience, but despite the disastrous evening, Iliana finds solace and faith with friends. The film was directed and written by Karla Legaspy, thecompany co-producer of AdeRisa Productions, whose feature film “Bruising for Besos” world premieres this summer. She is also the co-founder and director of programming of the Latin@ Queer Arts and Film Festival/Cine Arte Film Festival—the only Latino Queer festival in the nation.

Artist Day Jobs: Emily Lynch Victory profiles Emily Lynch Victory’s obsession with numbers and patterns that are reflected through her uniquely beautiful paintings. Filmmaker Maria Bartholdi is a multimedia producer and a recipient of six Upper Midwest Emmy Awards®.

“PBS would like to congratulate Latino Public Broadcasting and Twin Cities PBS on their wins in this year’s Online Film Festival,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital & Marketing. “PBS and our member stations are committed to sharing important stories from filmmakers across the country that inspire conversation, and utilizing our digital platforms to educate and engage. This year’s festival was seen by our largest audience ever, so to all of our producers, I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations on an outstanding showing.”

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