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Duluth East Grad Will Present During the Oscars

Posted at: 02/19/2013 5:25 PM
Updated at: 02/19/2013 11:15 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A recent Duluth East graduate will be presenting at the Oscars after winning a nationwide search for college students. Abe Diaz is one of six aspiring filmmakers who won the "Oscar Experience College Search".

"It was kind of a shock," Abe's sister Alyssa Diaz said.

The contest required each person to submit a 30-second video explaining how they will contribute to the future of movies. In Diaz's video, he said he would bring his unique style.

Alyssa and her older sister, Charyse, said they can't wait to watch their brother Sunday. Alyssa said he will represent Duluth well.

"People probably think of up north as we probably all wear parkas, live in lodges and fish all the time," Alyssa said. "It's pretty cool that this kid from Duluth, Minnesota can make his way to the Oscars."

The group of college students will not only be presenting at the Oscars, but will also get the full Hollywood experience. They will visit the academy library, go on studio tours and have a meet and greet with nominees in the short film category.

"I'm just trying to soak up this entire experience," Abe said. "It's incredible."

Abe is already in Los Angeles rehearsing for the big night.

Oscar Producers said by including future filmmakers in the show they hope to inspire people working to make it in the industry.

The Oscars air Sunday on WDIO.