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Joshua Ortiz’s award-winning short ‘Listen’ is insanely inspirational

This Project Greenlight winner will make your failure feel better.


Joey Keeton


Posted on Apr 6, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 3:31 am CDT

Project Greenlight has announced, after quite a wait, that Joshua Ortiz’s inspirational short film, Listen, has won first place in the “Most Unique” category of its first annual Greenie Awards. Inspirational videos can be a mixed bag, with a disproportionate amount of “bad” in that bag, but Ortiz’s short is just plain good. I usually mark the quality of an inspirational video by whether I can make it through the whole thing or not, and not only did I make it all the way through Listen, but—as a card-carrying cynic—I can say that I was genuinely inspired by it. Check it out below:

Ortiz’s short also gets some major bonus points for focusing so much time on failure—a lot of inspirational videos leave that sort of thing out, so it’s nice to see one that fits screwing up into the overall equation of success.

There’s also a hidden success story found behind the scenes of this video: Ortiz shot the whole thing on a Canon T3i and a cheap 50mm lens, which means that this should not look this good

Congratulations to Ortiz and his well-deserved hardware, and we look forward to seeing more budget-squeezing awesomeness from him. For a look at the other Greenie award winners, check out Project Greenlight’s YouTube playlist.

H/T Elite Daily | Screengrab via Joshua Ortiz/YouTube

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*First Published: Apr 6, 2015, 8:37 pm CDT