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30 Mar 2011

written by Magnetic Bunny

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Attention Young Writers and Musicians — Get Ready to “Rock the Tradition”

Soap Box Derby Film “25 Hill” Inspires Banding Together of Young Musicians in Nationwide Contest, Fundraiser

CONTACT: MARY ETHRIDGE, associate producer of “25 Hill” at or 330-687-2445

Akron, OH, March 31, 2011 — The All American Soap Box Derby (AASBD), Corbin Bernsen’s  “25 Hill” film and recording label Magnetic Bunny Arts  have come together to sponsor a contest for young musicians whose winning entries will be put onto a compilation CD for national distribution. Entrants must write and perform their own songs, using as inspiration the general themes of derby races, summer, the love of family or the power of kids.  The contest is open to all solo “youngwave” musicians — individuals under 18 or bands that have at least one member under the age of 18.

Profits from the contest entry fee of $25 as well as CD sales will benefit the All American Soap Box Derby, headquartered in Akron, Ohio. The 75-year-old AASBD is the largest amateur youth racing organization in the world. Select winners of the music competition may also be considered for a recording deal with Magnetic Bunny Arts, a studio based in Kent, Ohio. The entry deadline is May 21. Contest rules, entry forms and more information can be found at

The contest is the brainchild of Vivian Ramone, age 14, and her sister Midge, 11, who together make up ShiSho, a Kent, Ohio, band that’s getting quite a bit of buzz in Northeast Ohio. Together, they wrote a song called “I Miss You, Pops” after reading about “25 Hill”, a feature film written and directed by Hollywood’s Corbin Bernsen (“Psych”,” Major League”) and slated  to premiere in Akron in July.

The film “25 Hill” concerns 11- year-old Trey Caldwell, played by Nathan Gamble (“Dark Knight,” “ Marley & Me”), whose dreams of Derby victory fade when his soldier father, played by Tim Omundson (“Psych,” “Judging Amy”), is killed fighting in Afghanistan. But Trey begins to rebuild those dreams with the help of a reluctant hero, a one-time derby champ Roy (Bernsen), who is contending with his own terrible heartbreak.  A deep friendship is forged and wounds are healed under the dim light of a backyard garage, but the duos hopes are threatened when the Derby’s demise appears imminent.

“I’m thrilled the girls were inspired enough by the filming of ’25 Hill’ to come up with their own way of helping the derby, which is truly an American icon worthy of our support,” said Bernsen from the set of his TV series “Psych” (USA Network). “Their creativity, initiative and passion are just what we hoped to inspire by making ’25 Hill’. This contest is in the true spirit of the film, in which kids are the ones with the real power to save the derby and ‘rock the tradition’.”

William D. Evans II, president of the board of directors of the All American Soap Box Derby, said news of the contest will be posted on the AASBD’s website and Facebook page and sent to all 150 race cities in 42 states and seven countries.

“This “Rock the Tradition” contest couldn’t be more in keeping with the energized spirit of the All American Soap Box Derby,” said Evans. “It’s about the kids and the power they have to shape their lives, their families and their world.”

Vivian said she and her sister Midge were researching “25 Hill” last summer while it was filming in Akron, when they were struck by how much the derby’s mission mirrored that of their Magnetic Bunny Arts label.

“Magnetic Bunny’s central mission has been supporting family togetherness, creativity and empowering kids to set and reach goals – and that’s the mission of the derby,” said Vivian. “Through Magnetic Bunny, we’re supporting the kid-focused tradition of the Soap Box Derby with music created by kids, while introducing the world to awesome new youngwave artists.”


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