The Memphis Area Association of Realtors have named Brian Pitre's "My Memphis Home" (seen here) the winner of its "Your Memphis: Take One" YouTube contest.
The contest, offering a little over $20,000 in prize money drew more than 50 entries. Pitre of Lakeland took the first-place prize of $10,000 for his entry, "My Memphis Home," an autobiographical clip with rustic warmth. Pitre evacuated to Memphis when Hurricane Katrina destroyed his New Orleans-area neighborhood. Now he's a happy homeowner in Lakeland, where he's found welcoming friends and a good church.
Dan Baker and Chris Pollock of Memphis won a $5,000 second prize for "My Memphis is My Voice," a collection of man on the street-style interviews. David Shipley's third place entry "My MemphisThe Arts" is a nicely shot video list of Memphis arts groups.
Clay Hurley, a realtor and Cordova resident, won the $5,000 REALTOR® prize for his entry, "Something for Everyone," which features words appearing magically from happy citizens' hands. It's a good spot.
They also got a Chaplin-esque peek into the daily routine of Memphis sign painter, playwright, filmmaker, and general provocateur Jim Esposito titled "My Memphis Pie," which was made by Esposito and David Hymel and received a $1,000 prize for being the most watched video.
The two big winners here are MAAR and Esposito. The realtors, because they've gotten some solid viral-marketing materials. Esposito made $1,000 spending a day having fun with his buddies.
To view the videos, go to yourmemphistakeone.com.