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Burlington film co. takes top honors for anti-drug message

Burlington, Vermont - July 15, 2011

A Burlington film company earned high honors at the 32nd Annual Telly Awards for a project that takes on teen drug use.

Green River Pictures created a drug education video in memory of Will Gates, a UVM student who died after a cocaine overdose two years ago.

His father, Skip Gates, was featured in the project and says it gave him an outlet for his grief.

"These awards are verification that we have been successful in putting our message out there and again, trying to convey that this could happen to you if you are not careful, and please, please be careful. Don't do this to the people that love you and don't make you family have to live the unthinkable," Skip Gates said.

Gates recently quit his job as a math teacher in Maine so he could travel to schools around New England and raise awareness about drug abuse and safety.

The project was produced in conjunction with the Department of Justice and won four awards.

Nearly 11,000 projects were entered in the Telly Awards.

WCAX News

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