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Lawton woman's art in upcoming Spike Lee movie

Lawton_Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee is getting some help on his latest film--from a Lawton woman.

The Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award nominee asked internet users to submit their own videos to be used in a compilation movie.

The only catch is they have to shoot the videos using cell phone cameras.

From thousands of entries, Lee selected three winners in the nationwide contest.  Lawton painter Ginger Hansen submitted one of the winning entries.Hansen's actually never even worked with motion pictures.  She's a portrait artist, who recently got an art degree from Cameron.

Her artwork has been in competitions before--she was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Texas Oklahoma Art Prize.

She saw an ad for the Spike Lee contest while checking her e-mail this spring."I figure when you're an artist, you can try and get all your stuff in as many competitions as possible," Hansen said.

"There's so many opportunities out there, you never know what's going to happen."

In the contest directions, Lee asked people to submit original videos involving the theme of humanity.  There are three acts, or categories, for the film--birth, life, and death.

Hansen is the winner for Act II, Life."Life follows birth.  What is it that shapes us?", Lee asked in his directions for the second act.

"Keep it simple, or be as dynamic as life itself. Remember, the second act is the heart of our story. Let your work show that."Hansen says her paintings definitely represent life, particularly a set she created last summer."I did a whole series of paintings of different people, different walks of life, and I wanted to get the essence of Fort Sill and the military community here.  There's so many different ethnicities, it's beautiful."She snapped pictures of some of the paintings with her camera phone and edited them together.  She called her movie slideshow "Summertime in Oklahoma" and submitted it online.

Lee announced the winner this week on the contest's website.

"The Winner for Act II is SUMMERTIME.  I was struck by the Original paintings.  Big up to you! "

Hansen didn't expect to win, and actually forgot she even entered the contest until getting a letter in the mail."I picked up a package and there was a letter saying that Spike Lee had chosen my little clip on his website to feature in his upcoming compilation film."

Hansen's work will be part of Lee's final cut of the compilation film, which will premiere in Los Angeles this fall.  She is also part of a contest which will send several lucky winners to the theater for the premiere, and a private meet and greet with Spike Lee.And while her work has already found its way to L.A., it may also be heading to D.C.

The National Society of Portrait Artists is currently reviewing Hansen's work, and she will find out in December if some of her paintings will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery.

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