Monday, November 17, 2014

9th Biannual Zoomie Awards - The Double O's Have It!

Toni and Becky Unveil The Zoomies Perpetual Plaque
The Media Center's Zoom In Video Production Collaborative celebrated its community of producers Saturday night, November 8 at its 9th Biannual Zoomie Awards Gala in the MC Studios.  Zoom In diehards, friends and family of our field producers joined us for an evening of screenings, conversations, and applause.  It seemed to be the night for double O's at the Zoomies.  Toni Gooch and Margaret Yoon took top honors to have their videos immortalized on the Zoomies Plaque.

This season's panel of judges was made up of three legacy Zoomers: playwright Lessa Bouchard, Community Activist and Booster Joyce McClure, and Management Consultant and MC Volunteer Beth Charlesworth plus MC Board Member Sue Purdy Pelosi.  They met the week prior to the Zoomies and reviewed 26 videos produced since the last ZOOMIES held in May.  Based on their review, finalists in the graduate category were:

Visiting Deer Hollow Farm, Toni Gooch
Rustridge, Bob Sitzwohl
Bring Back Our Girls, Renee Marchol
Litquake, Margaret Yoon
Volunteering at Deer Hollow Farm, Toni Gooch

And Finalists in the student category were:

College Track, Jackie Gallagos
What Are You Waiting For, Ana Angel
Silent Train, Monica Womack
What’s in a Name, Eric Brown
Running For Success, Jason Auzenne
The Art of Procrastination, Alexis Faust
College Track, Norma Capi

After each video was screened, the videomakers joined host Becky Sanders at the front for a lively discussion with QandA about their video.

Frazier, Monica and Becky discussing SILENT TRAIN.

In the graduate category, Toni Gooch's video about Volunteering at Deer Hollow Farm was tapped for Overall Excellence.


Toni's video about visiting Deer Hollow Farm won the Audience Award.



 Community Impact went to Margaret Yoon for her coverage of Litquake at the JCC.   Margaret was not able to join us in person as she was out of town, but the tech team (Scott Van Duyne, Stan Ng and Bill Dimitri) G-chatted her in on the big screen to hear the news of her award.



In the student category, Running for Success by Jason Auzenne won for Overall Excellence and the two College Track Videos by high school students Jackie Gallagos and Norma Capi and Silent Train by Monica Womack TIED for Community Impact.  The Audience Award went to Alexis Faust for her whimsical "Art of Procrastination."

Jackie, Norma, Becky, Jackie's mom Sylvia and Alexis
While the audience awards were being tabulated by the tech staff, we viewed a video about international craftsmen and craftswomen attending the International Folk Art market.  The annual event in Santa Fe provides access to the US market to artists who usually have little way to get their work distributed beyond their own villages, much less to the world.  This video has become somewhat controversial as it depicts Palestinian weavers creating and selling their wares.   Take a look and see if you think this video makes a political statement.  How or why and would you change it, and if so what would you do?  Let us know!  Helping impoverished people find a way to sell their work is something that producer Beth Charlesworth (an avid folk art fan herself and collector) believes is very important.  And she dedicates a significant amount of time and resources each year interviewing the artists in hopes of bringing more attention to these amazing creations and their creators.




Per usual, the Zoomies would not have had that touch of glamour they did without the underwriting of Vicky Ching of Ming's who donated two dim sum platters plus gift certificates for prizes for our winners.   Joyce McClure's Catered by Ladybugs provided elegant snacks and beverages to round out the festivities.

Lindon and Joyce
Food provided by Ming's and Catered by Ladybugs!
Thank you to Doug Kreitz for taking the beautiful photos and making them viewable and sharable on SmugMug and thank you Doug for being the reason the Zoom In maintains such stability and sustainability.  You keep improving the formula!   Thank you David Simon for updating and teaching the Editing exercise for ZOOM IN. Thanks to Stan and Scott and Bill -- for giving us that look and feel we depend on at the Zoomies.

Folks visit http://midpen.smugmug.com/Media-Center/ZoomIn/9th-Biannual-Zoomies-Awards/ to view all the pictures Doug posted from our gala.

Peter, Henry and Rich enjoy the fete.

To watch all of this season's Zoom In videos, view the entire playlist on the Zoom In Youtube Channel.

And a big thank you for all of the team of volunteers and producers that make me look forward to each day's unfolding - changing our community one video at a time, right here at Zoom In!


Monday, October 27, 2014

MC PRODUCERS BRING HOME 9 PLAQUES FROM VENTURA



Of the 16 Media Center programs that were named finalists for the 2014 Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) Awards, 9 were awarded top honors last Friday night at the ceremony at the   Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, California.  The Awards were the crowning event for the Alliance for Community Media's Western Region Annual Conference.

The Media Center garnered more awards than any other access center.  Staff members Jesse Norfleet and Becky Sanders were on hand to collect the awards and bring them home.   They were so numerous and heavy, they had to split them up.  Sally Rayn was in attendance to accept the award for Talk Art which she co-produced with Nance Wheeler.  Sally became a twice-minted winner with a video that she helped her middle schoolers produce about the drought in Hillsborough. 

The Media Center celebrates these winning videos and congratulations their hard-working producers:

Abilities United Presents Community Connections with Dr. Temple Grandin, produced by Andrea Throndsen (Accessibility-Abled Programming)




Urban Chatter, Urban Scents, produced by Ned Uysal (Animation and Special Effects)




Darkness in Silicon Valley, produced by Misha Lavva and Emma Bridgland (Community Issues)




Youth Philanthropy, produced by Lynne Cudden (Special Audience)




Storytelling to Squirming Buckets of Id, produced by Amanda Kovattana (Documentary)




Toastmasters Bay to Bay: Hsieh and Speakers Tips, produced by Birgit Starmanns and Stan Ng (Educational Access)




Veterans Helping Veterans: What is TBI?  Interview with Dr. Maya V. Yutsis, produced by Sheryl Shaffer (Educational Access)




The Stephanie Herman Show: Conversations with James Redford, produced by Stephanie Herman (Informational Talk Show)




Talk Art: Clay Monoprinting with Martha Casillo, produced by Nance Wheeler & Sally Rayn (Instructional/DIY)











Thursday, October 9, 2014

MEDIA CENTER GARNERS 16 WAVE AWARD NOMINATIONS


16 Media Center programs were named finalists for the 2014 Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) Awards sponsored by the Western Region of the Alliance for Community Media.   An awards ceremony will be held on October 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, California, as part of the ACM regional conference, taking place October 22-24.  The western region comprises the six states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico and Nevada.


The Media Center congratulates our finalists:

Abilities United Presents Community Connections with Dr. Temple Grandin, produced by Andrea Throndsen (Accessibility-Abled Programming)




Urban Chatter, Urban Scents, produced by Ned Uysal (Animation and Special Effects)




Grief Relief: Golden Gate Bridge, produced by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley and Alba Misciagna (Community Issues)




Darkness in Silicon Valley, produced by Misha Lavva and Emma Bridgland (Community Issues)




Youth Philanthropy, produced by Lynne Cudden (tapped 3 times - Community Issues, Documentary, Special Audience)




Storytelling to Squirming Buckets of Id, produced by Amanda Kovattana (Documentary)




Toastmasters Bay to Bay: Hsieh & Speakers Tips, produced by Birgit Starmanns and Stan Ng (Educational Access)




Veterans Helping Veterans: What is TBI?  Interview with Dr. Maya V. Yutsis, produced by Sheryl Shaffer (Educational Access)




Toastmaster Time: Youth Leadership Program, produced by George Marshall, Trich Gray and Alan Zoraster (Educational Access)




Heroes of Tango: Homero Manzi, produced by Leah Rogers (Informational Culture)

Heroes of Tango from Alex Roitman on Vimeo.


The Stephanie Herman Show: Conversations with James Redford, produced by Stephanie Herman (Informational Talk Show)




Talk Art: Clay Monoprinting with Martha Casillo, produced by Nance Wheeler & Sally Rayn (Instructional/DIY)




3 Cups of Fun! Episode #3, produced by Nancy Bain & Alba Misciagna (Instructional/DIY)



High Five Fitness: Total Body Bootcamp, produced by Denet Lewis (Instructional/DIY)




Congratulations to our winning producers and to our future and past winners.  We appreciate and celebrate their efforts to transform community one video at a time!


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

LIVE CALL IN SHOW WITH THE NEW-PERINDENT! Students Interview Max McGee


The city of Palo Alto is buzzing with the frankness and accessibility of the newly named PAUSD Superintendent Max McGee. Here’s your chance to meet and speak with the new Palo Alto Unified School District leader, Dr. Max McGee. The live TV show will feature student hosts interviewing Dr. McGee with questions solicited from students and parents, and also during the show from interested callers.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 - 6:30-7:30 pm

 View it on Comcast Channel 28, or ATT Uverse Channel 99 or via our Channel 28 webstream at: http://midpenmedia.org/local-tv/watch-now/

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Get Inspired - Local Heroes 2014 - Playing Now on Our Channels and on Youtube


Front Row: Amber Stime, Louise Pencavel; Back Row: Amika Guillaume,
Gregory Novick, April Pekary, Shannon Pekary, Sabrina Watts, Mary Dunn
The Media Center studio was packed for our 8th Annual Local Hero Awards Screening and Reception, Saturday night, May 17.  The event was hosted by producer Louise Pencavel.   Six video profiles were shown to an enthusiastic audience, sharing many meaningful moments including smiles, gratitude, tears, laughter and, perhaps most importantly, a reverence for being in the company of people whose heart for service filled our own.  A Media Center annual highlight, these videos are a must-see for those interested in public service in the Mid-peninsula and beyond; or for those who seek inspiration to change the world and in doing so become a “local hero.”  You will be inspired and encouraged, guaranteed!  Watch this provocative series in its entirety:  http://midpenmedia.org/faces-of-local-heroes .

All of the nominations come from the public, so we encourage you to start thinking about someone YOU might want to nominate for next year’s series.  If you know anyone who lives or works locally and has overcome hardship or contributed over-and-above to the community and has an inspiring story to tell, you’ve got a nomination!

This year’s Local Heroes:

AMBER STIME is a former disabled orphan and the creator of African Cradle, an adoption agency that pairs American parents with Ethiopian orphans.

APRIL AND SHANNON PEKARY gave up lucrative careers in high tech to move to East Palo Alto, where they have created an innovative program that brings together soccer and religion to mentor underserved young people.

MARY DUNN is the creator of a very successful program for troubled high school students in the Sequoia Union High School District.

GREGORY NOVICK emigrated from Russia at the age of 65 and has become an institution among the local Russian Jewish community by helping hundreds of Russian Jews settle in the Bay Area.

AMIKA GUILLAUME is the principal of Caesar Chavez School and Green Oaks Academy in East Palo Alto.

SABRINA WATTS, once a troubled youth in rehab, has become the founder and director of an unusual non-profit organization that brings together troubled teenagers with shelter dogs, providing training, rehab and therapy for both the young people and the pets.

And a warm thank you to Karen Adams, Media Center Production Manager, and her able crew of Lupita Segura, Zbigniew Zee Leo Stanczyk, Steve Hall, Bob Sitzwohl, Eve Sutton, Bill Dimitri, Alma Love, and Cathy Keys for staffing the event.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

GREENLIGHT PLAYBACKS START TONIGHT! Channel 28 - 7 pm



The Media Center took the 9th annual Greenlight Film & Fashion Festival LIVE on Channel 28 last Thursday, April 24 from the Cubberley Theater.  The taped awards ceremony and video finalists begin their TV run tonight on Channel 28 - 7 pm.  Use this link to keep on top of all the playbacks of 2014 Greenlight content.  Or watch them streaming from our website.

The event was hosted by the Media Center's Louise Pencavel and former Palo Alto Mayor and environmental activist Peter Drekmeier.   Nine videos, 3 finalists each from the 3 categories, were screened:


OPEN CATEGORY
Good Brownies Save Water! produced by Jarney Boccio, Gerrie Phillips-Stock and Karen Fitzpatrick
The Slave of SeaWorld, produced by Nithin Kumar & Arjun Loganathan
Barbie Goes Green, produced by Magdalena Neubrand and Emily Jacquemin

MIDDLE SCHOOL CATEGORY
The California Drought Then and Now:  Lessons from the 1970s, produced by Sarah Shader and Lindsey Segal
The Flight of the Red Balloon produced by Mateo Kaiser, Adri Penix and Jenna Loh
Back In My Day, produced by Daniel Ciao and Zakriya Bashir-Hill

HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY
Composting at Deer Hollow Farm produced by Katie Lan
Lessons from the Green Ninja produced by Moises Flores and Daniela Chavez
Quotes of Nature produced by Rachel Lee

The panel of judges ultimately awarded "Good Brownies Save Water", "The Flight of the Red Balloon" and "Quotes of Nature" top honors in each category.  Magdalena Neubrand & Emily Jacquemin had four projects in the final nine!  A Greenlight first!

The Greenlight Committee, made up of reps from all the sponsoring organizations, bestowed its Committee Award to "Back in the Day."

The set was decorated by Media Center staff, spearheaded by MC Admin Lupita Segura who, along with eco artist Cristina Velazquez, designed the eco-savvy props and furnishings for the evening.   Elegant and resourceful props were an appropriate backdrop to Pencavel's interviews with the finalists as well as for the fashion show.

Debra Katz, Communications Manager, City of Palo Alto Utilities,  hosted two eco-fashion runway shows of couture designs made from reused materials, in between the categories of film screenings. These fashions ranged from the whimsical to the elegant, and showed youth modeling their own designs.

The purpose of the festival (conceived by former Palo Alto Mayor and Media Center advisor the late Jim Burch) is to explore environmental citizenship and show how individual actions can reduce our environmental impact.

This festival is sponsored by the cities of Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling and the Midpeninsula Community Media Center.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Access Cable TV Gains Unanimous Support at Sacramento Hearing

Under a ground swell of 54 support letters and more than a dozen speakers,  Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 39, aimed at helping fiscally struggling public, education and government(PEG) cable television channels, earned unanimous 12-0 approval Monday by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee at the California State Capitol.
Speakers line up to show support for AJR 39 before a CA Assembly hearing Monday.
Speakers line up to show support for AJR 39 before a CA Assembly hearing Monday.
Assembly member Roger Hernández (D-Dist. 48, West Covina) authored AJR 39 which, if approved by the full CA Assembly and Senate, would call on US Congress to change laws restricting the way PEG community centers can spend money to help residents with training and equipment to tell the stories of their communities.
“It’s like having money for a library building and books, with no money to hire a librarian to order the books and keep the doors open,” said Hernández.  AJR 39 “urges Congress to allow states and their municipalities to determine the best use of public, educational and government funds.”
Representatives from across California attended the hearing, representing cities and counties, and access community centers from as far south as Long Beach to Marin County, Sacramento and Access Humboldt in the north..
PEG channels are known across the US for their commitment to providing outreach that informs viewers of local political news, community events, and culturally diverse programs not seen on regular commercial television.
Letters of support were listed from 54 different cities, counties, community groups and PEG access centers.  A lobbyist from the California Cable & Telecommunications Associationopposed AJR 39 saying if local governments really support PEG broadcasting, they should pay for it themselves from franchise fees the cable company already collects for their use.
Hernández countered with the notion that restricting dollars the way the current law does is like having medical insurance that pays for medical equipment like a wheelchair, but not the doctor.  He said US Congress needs to change the PEG rules, because they simply don’t make sense.
As an expert witness, Sue Buske of The Buske Group in Sacramento, said the restrictions enacted in 2007 have forced 51 PEG centers in California to close for lack of appropriate funding. While federal law requires cable television providers to give channel space to PEG broadcasting and ensured some dollars for equipment, the federal law has not been revisited since 1984, and AJR 39 if approved in the CA Assembly and Senate would ask US Congress to fix the rules and allow cities and counties the right to authorize funding in a more flexible way.
(Posted first on March 25, 2014 in Access SacramentoNeighborhood NewsTop News! by  )

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