By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Life partners Ben Lowy and Marvi Lacar won first place their short film last night March 17, 2018 at the Sun Valley Film Festival for the National Geographic Wild.
Ben and Marvi are professional photojournalists who created the short film about passing their passions on the next generation.
Titled “Embodiment of Hope”, the film starred their Filipino-Jewish sons Mateo, 8, and Kaleb, 6, who swam with sea lions at the Sea of Cortez. The Luke Inman Cortez Expeditions taught Mateo how to scuba dive.
— Nat Geo WILD (@natgeowild) March 15, 2018
There were three finalists to the film festival which sought creations for NatGeo Wild.
Ben and Marvi are based in Maplewood, New Jersey. In 2012, Marvi, a Filipino born in Iligan City migrated to the US in her teens with her mom and sisters, won 1st place in the NYLA Film Festival for her documentary ‘Escape’ featuring female genital mutilation on girl children in Kenya.
With this NatGeo award, the family is set on expedition for more wonderful discoveries. (Featured photo by Ben Lowy is Matteo swimming with a sea lion)