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– March 12 Noon to 4 PM –
Celebrating our 25th year of operation, Access Sacramento invites you to mark you calendars for Saturday March 12 from Noon to 4:00 PM. The Coloma Community Center will welcome local residents, nonprofit organizations, major media organizations, musicians, volunteers and YOU. Early plans include the following demonstrations and activities. Plan to join us for the fun – 25 years of community media and 25 more to come!
• The Coloma Auditorium will showcase examples of “community reporting” from major media contributors such as The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Press, KCRA Channel 3 and KXTV News10 and many others. City, County, and State agencies will also participate in celebration of “Sunshine Week” – www.SunshineWeek.org – encouraging open and transparent sharing of information.
• Nonprofit organizations will witness demonstrations of the “green studio” and how easy it is to create public service announcements and videos for the access channels and on-demand from their own web sites.
• The television studio will host musical groups and demonstrate studio television productions skills.
• The Media Lab will showcase the public launch of the new web site AccessLocal.tv with content from our five “Neighborhood News Bureau” partner organizations.
• Plus Food and Fun for everyone!
The celebration will mark our 25th Birthday as an organization “making a difference, one voice at a time”. See you here!
by Judith Plank
Max searches for home after ten years “away”. To help his buddy, Ernie rekindles their lost friendship. But life is unpredictable as Ernie painfully discovers with Max’s help – not black and white but Butterscotch.
by Gerald Martin Davenport
Kyle returns to Sacramento after his tour of duty in Iraq.
His fiancée, Jenna and his family try to help him cope with his PTSD.
Just after he leaves one field of battle in Iraq, a new foe rears its ugly head.
by Sean Stueve
Roman Rhodes scours the streets of Sacramento
desperately searching for his lost love, Darcia.
If he doesn’t find her soon,
all will be lost forever.
All American Games and NewTek are looking for a team of video production standouts to join the first national All-American Video Crew for the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX January 5- 9, 2011.
They want high school seniors from across the country to submit video entries that showcase their work in video production. Four winning students will be selected to take part in the video production of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week activities.
Winners and their nominating instructor or parent will receive an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio, where the students will receive comprehensive training on NewTek TriCaster™ portable live production system and 3PLAY™ instant replay at NewTek’s corporate headquarters, hands-on participation in the live national webcasts of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl and much more.
Video entries must be received by November 19, 2010. For a complete list of rules and regulations and to download an entry form visit www.newtek.com/usarmybowl
Reno/Sparks, Nevada – John Asquaga’s Nugget Hotel welcomed 120 conference attendees for an information-filled two days (Oct. 15 & 16). The ACM Western States Region was joined by regional leadership from the Northwest, Southwest, Central, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Access Sacramento Board and staff helped organize the event by serving as the “local” planning committee. Unfortunately, the Reno public access center closed about six-months ago due to a loss of funding.
Sylvia Strobel, ACM Executive Director spoke to the group in Friday’s opening plenary session, described her vision for the future of the ACM, and addressed questions from the attentive audience. National Board members Sue Buske, Kathy Bisbee, Todd Thayer, and others challenged the organization to redouble ACM efforts in support of our public policy and new membership efforts at the local, state, and national levels.
Vendor spokespersons introduced themselves at the extended lunch period. Representatives from Tightrope, Panasonic, TelVue, Sony, JVC, Broadcast Pix, Clear-Com and NewTek invited attendees to visit their booths and test their latest equipment – camera, switchers, and program management systems. Tom Walsh of Media Control Systems was honored by Region Chair J Robertson. MCS was the Gold Level conference underwriter and is a long standing supporter of regional activities. Ron Cooper, Access Sacramento Executive Director, moderated the vendor showcase.
Friday evening, conference attendees welcomed program producers to the beautiful poolside Terrace Room. Attendees cheered and applauded the 150 finalists in the Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) awards ceremony. WAVE plaques were awarded in more than fifty different categories. Host of the event, J Robertson, thanked Xoe Huffman and Dan Vilalva from Community Media of the North Bay (Santa Rosa), for coordinating the WAVE event. The event organizers and conference track leaders included Sue Buske, Jan Janes, Autumn Labbe-Renault, Ericha Hager, and Ron Cooper. Access Sacramento staff, particularly Amy Lawrence and Michelle Barbaria, helped with the planning and registrations for the conference event.
Access Sacramento WAVE award winners included: Michelle Barbaria for the “Haiti Relief Telethon”; Frank Casanova for “Beatrice and the Bike Thief”; Laura Tapia for “11 Bravo Diaries”; and Jessica Vazquez for “Nightmare on K Street”. Finalists (top three in their categories) included two “Listen Up, Sacramento” episodes, an episode of “Livewire”, and “Playday” by Carrie Stroud.
In addition to the WAVE award winners, Access Sacramento Board Chair Carl Burton was honored with a “Brian Wilson Mentorship and Leadership Award”. The Wilson honor celebrates select folks in the Western region who demonstrate vision and leadership in the field of community media. Mr. Burton has served as Board Chair and active leader and spokesperson for Access Sacramento for more than nine years.
The Saturday keynote speaker was Gerry Lederer, the ACM voice at the FCC and in Congress. He emphasized serious damage has impacted hundreds of PEG channels around the country due in large part to the state-by-state Telco lobbying efforts implementing statewide cable franchises. Attendees were encouraged to continue to speak out to leaders at the local, state, and national levels. He then conducted a workshop with specific strategies and statistics designed to impress elected leaders with the value of PEG Access in communities throughout the nation. His workshop was one of sixteen panels in four different tracks. Many attendees remarked on the quality and breadth of information offered by the more than 40 panelists and individual speakers. Access Sacramento Board and staff participated in several workshops including “How to Improve Audio and Video in Your Access Productions” with Dev Singh and Clayton Moore and “Community Reporting in Diverse Communities” with Kristian Manoff, George Hall, and Ron Cooper.
Feedback from attendees was positive and planning was initiated for the National Conference next July in Tucson, AZ and then the next regional in San Jose CA. in October, 2011. The ACM Western Region appreciates the vendors, attendees, speakers, and the many individuals and organizations who contributed to the success of the conference including the help and assistance of Access Sacramento volunteer producers, staff, and Board members. For details, go to www.ACMWest.org
The morning outside the Crest Theatre in Sacramento was filled with anticipation and excitement. Friends, family, and film crew members gathered in line to get in to see the 9 films they helped to create on the big screen. Once the doors opened and the people began to flow into the lobby the place was jumpin’. The sounds of Sister Swing could be heard in the background over the speaker system and the scent of popcorn filled the air.
In the lobby there were tables set up with the filmmaker’s posters and souvenir flyers for their individual films were passed out. Photos were being snapped left and right and groups of family and friends huddled together to get everyone in the picture.
At exactly 1:00pm the lights went down and there was silence. Out of the corner of the packed theatre a booming voice could be heard with a powerful message. It was the voice of one of six poets from the Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS), a program for expression and creativity through poetry for youth at UC Davis. Ron Cooper, the Executive Director of Access Sacramento then took the stage to welcome everyone. The films officially started rolling with “BarTime” by Wayne Douglas Johnson; it’s that 15 minute bar time differential that really has a huge effect for this film.
The films continued and there was such a touching moment when the film “Thugs Need Hugs” by DDSO E+ writing class started. There were so many hoots and hollers from the audience from the thrills of seeing friends and family members on in their movie on big screen. The E+ writing class also wrote and produced “Are You My Girlfriend?” There was a real sense of community and fun as each film came up on the screen and the crowd clapped and yelled for their productions.
Each film touched a slightly different sentiment this year with love being a common theme. And not just romantic love, but the love of family and the appreciation of life. Films like “War at Home” touched on the experience of a soldier returning home to friends and family after being in Iraq. “Butterscotch” was a poetic and clever take on the mysteries of life and love.
“The Treasure Chest of South Sacramento” demonstrates personal growth through hardship and overcoming the status quo by looking inward at oneself. “The Golden Tree” by Gerald Martin Davenport delved into the history of the Sacramento region while bringing family together and “Little Thieves” reminds us to mind our manners and do what is right or else…