Here Are the 2013 Reason Video Prize Winners!

On November 6, 2013 in New York, Reason announced the winners of the first-ever Reason Video Prize, which honors short-form video, film, and moving pictures that explore, investigate, and enrich our appreciation of libertarian beliefs in individual rights, limited government, and especially human possibilities.

Top honors - and $7,000 - went to Drew Tidwell's "I, Pencil," produced for the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Second place ($2,000) went to Justin Monticello's "Obama That I Used to Know," and third place ($1,000) went to Isaac Reese's "Game of Food Trucks," produced for the Institute for Justice.

The other finalists were "Top DHS Checkpoint Refusals," produced by Mike Mills, and "Chrony Chronicles: I Want to Grow Up to be a Crony," by Owen Brennan, Justin Folk, and Robert Perkins.

Congratulations to all the finalists and thanks all who entered the competition.

Click above to watch a playlist of all five videos, starting with "I, Pencil."

For more information on the Reason Media Awards, including the winners of the Bastiat Prize for Journalism and the Lanny Friedlander Lifetime Achievement Prize, go here.

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  • Enough About Palin||

  • RightNut||

    Very nicely done.

  • Protagoronus||

    But, ROADZ?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Can anyone provide a link to the actual playlist on youtube?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Nevermind. Here it is. Thanks for nothing, assholes.

  • Paul.||

    It's like a bunch of mosquitoes buzzing around my head when Akston talks.

  • Paul.||

    Why was the woman at 0:17 doing addition backwards?

  • Protagoronus||

    government schools

  • ||

    Addition has a front and back?

  • Paul.||

    There's certainly a hard way and an easy way. Or better stated, an intuitive way and a non intuitive way.

  • ||

    "I never did like to do anything simple when I could do it ass-backwards.´”

    ― William Gibson, Neuromancer.

  • Paul.||

    William Gibson is sitting in an office here, directing my company's operations. I know it.

  • Jason S.||

    Congratulations to all, and very well done.

    Although I'm sad that a fascinating passage from 'I, Pencil' wasn't incorporated in the video:

    I, Pencil, am a complex combination of miracles: a tree, zinc, copper, graphite, and so on. But to these miracles which manifest themselves in Nature an even more extraordinary miracle has been added: the configuration of creative human energies—millions of tiny know-hows configurating naturally and spontaneously in response to human necessity and desire and in the absence of any human master-minding! Since only God can make a tree, I insist that only God could make me. Man can no more direct these millions of know-hows to bring me into being than he can put molecules together to create a tree.

    Very wonderous, by jasper. I wonder if it's true.


    You didn't build that.

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    If that's the best "short-form video, film, and moving pictures that explore, investigate, and enrich our appreciation of libertarian beliefs in individual rights, limited government, and especially human possibilities" we should pack it in right now.

    I Pencil is a superb essay that "enrich our appreciation of libertarian beliefs in individual rights, limited government, and especially human possibilities". That video fell way short of the mark. How many people actually watched it all the way through?

    Second and third place didn't wow very much either. I liked forth place, but it's too long. Then again, that's the point. It would loose quite a bit of punch if you cut it down. Still a skilled editor might be able to make something pithy and punchy out of it.

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    I learned some thing from it.

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