Two Montanans in top 10 for Life or Meth video contest

June 24, 2016 - The Missoulian

Two Montanans are finalists in the nationwide Life or Meth video contest – with a prize of $20,000 on the line.

Commercials from Laira Fonner of Whitefish and Connor Ludwig of Laurel were named to the top 10 in the 2016 Life or Meth video contest. During a three-month period, filmmakers from across the United States submitted more than 120 30-second anti-meth commercials.

The theme of the contest was the choice between life or meth, said Ludwig, 18.

“This is my first time doing something like this,” Ludwig said. “Film is just a side hobby for me.”

The top 10 commercials are in an online-voting competition until Friday, July 15, to narrow the pool to three finalists who will be in the running for the grand prize of $20,000. The grand prize winner will be selected by a celebrity panel and announced Sept. 1.

The submissions, along with other commercials submitted by Montanans, will play a key role in continuing the Meth Project’s message throughout 2016 and into 2017. Each entry will be showcased through the Montana Meth Project’s social media networks.

Four Meth Project states participated in the contest – Colorado, Georgia, Idaho and Montana – and each Meth Project board and staff voted on the top 10 submissions, which recently were showcased at SeriesFest in Denver. SeriesFest is an event that brings together people who want to advance compelling and creative content.

Voting for commercials takes place at

“I am a psychiatric nurse and work with a lot of meth addicts and recovering addicts,” Fonner said.  “I’ve seen lives destroyed by meth; especially young people in the community, and I wanted my entry to touch on that.”

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