The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year.
2017 Medal winner
Ryan Swenar wins 2017 Carnegie Medal for Drum Dream Girl
Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, LLC, producer of Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music is the 2017 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video.
Adapted from Margarita Engle’s book, a girl in 1930s Cuba aspires to play the drums, a privilege afforded only to boys. Based on the life of Chinese-African-Cuban Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, this story demonstrates how the power of persistence can break barriers, shatter expectations, and make one’s dreams a reality.
Adriana Sananes’s lyrical narration provides the foundation for this triumphant story, punctuated by the score’s distinct voices of bongos, congas, and timbales. Thoughtful animation enlivens illustrator Rafael López’s lush, colorful landscape, creating a joyful celebration of art, music, and self-determination.
“The pulsing rhythm of this vibrant film will inspire all viewers to pursue the passion of their heart and dance to the beat of their own drum,” said Carnegie Medal Notable Children’s Videos Committee Chair Joanna K. Fabicon.
Members of the 2017 Carnegie Medal/Notable Children’s Videos Committee are: Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library; April Whatley Bedford, Brooklyn (N.Y.) College; Amanda Y. Choi, San Jose (Calif.) Public Library; Jennifer Driscoll, Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; Robbin Ellis Friedman, Chappaqua (N.Y.) Library; Laura A. Given, Parkview Center School, Roseville, Minn.; Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, Wash.; Susan H. Polos, Bedford Central School District, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; and Maegen Rose, Collegiate School, New York.