With the holiday season upon us there are many events going on that producers will want to film, in addition to their regular projects. In fact, next week and the following weekend, most of our cameras are already spoken for. Four Rivers Charter School students will be using several of them, as they get the bulk of their interviews and b-roll for their documentary, and Mik Muller will be recording the 32nd annual Welcome Yule celebration at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Then, on December 16th, our staff will be covering the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, which will feature The Recorder’s Citizen of the Year. What will you film?
For those of you celebrating and shopping this time of year, we just want to take a moment to remind you to please support the local businesses who support us year-round. Our corporate sponsors can be seen before and after all Greenfield Community Television Programs---like government meetings, the Greenfield Public Library Speakers Series, and special events---and other folks have stepped up to help us with particular shows or in-kind donations when needed. A complete list can be found here. Thanks!
We are busily preparing for Thursday's matchup between Greenfield High School and Turners Falls High School. Our executive director has lined up the camera people we'll need, coordinated with play-by-play announcers, and arranged for The Dukes of Sports to do their bi-annual pre-game show on location at the field. Meanwhile, our new media producer is making sure that her equipment is all set to take lots of pictures before and during the game. In addition, our staff is working out the logistics of getting internet access during this shoot so that we can share images and scores with you in real time through our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed. If you can't make it to the event in person, be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 5PM on November 24th to watch the pre-game show followed by the main event, which will in turn be followed by another annual Turkey Day tradition, the public domain movie "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians". Finally, if you aren't going to be in the area that day, never fear! We will put both sports videos online sometime after 6PM for you to watch anytime. Enjoy!
On this Veterans Day, we would like to express our gratitude to all of the men and women who have risked, or are risking, their lives to protect our freedom. We hope that you've already watched the short video on our homepage, in which local vets talk about the support that ex-military personnel need once they return home, but if you haven't, click here. Later on today, you'll also be able to watch our full video of this morning's parade and ceremony at Veterans Mall so be sure to check back!
Don't worry, we're not going to tell you how to vote or even mention any candidates by name. We just thought you might like a reminder to do your civic duty on Tuesday, if you haven't already taken advantage of our state's new early voting system. Remember, if you don't participate, you don't really have a right to complain if you don't like the way things turn out.
In any case, if you aren't sick to death of election coverage by now, we also thought you might like to know that, in addition to bringing you local results on our website after 9PM on election night, we will be broadasting 5 hours of results and commentary from Democracy Now! & FreeSpeechTV. Be sure to tune into Cable Channel 15 from 7PM to Midnight on November 8th for that.
One last thing, if you still need information about who's running, what the ballot questions are, and how & where to vote, click here. On that page, you'll also find videos relating to Ballot Questions 2 & 4. We hope they are helpful to you. #GetOutTheVote!
This is our New Media Producer’s favorite holiday and she can’t wait to co-host our coverage of the 2016 Greenfield Rag Shag Parade with The Dukes of Sports’ Russ Brown. They planned their costumes together so be sure to watch our full video on Cable Channel 15 at 9PM on Monday, or watch it anytime after Tuesday here on our website, to check those out. Science Fiction fans should be especially appreciative of their choices.
If you want to experience all of the action live, be sure to join us at Energy Park after 5:30PM on the 31st or bring the kids to trick-or-treat downtown businesses (including ours) starting at 4PM. We’ll have plenty of candy and we really want to see your most creative outfits. To whet your appetite, here’s a picture of some of the Best Cartoon Character category entries from last year:
We're very busy getting ready for our part in the Greenfield Annual Word Festival (GAWF), Greenfield Rag Shag Parade, Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival (PVTTFF), and TEDx Shelburne Falls. Tonight and tomorrow, you can participate by attending one of the GAWF readings in our lobby. Authors featured here are scheduled to include Jim Culleny, Joshua Michael Stewart, Tony Vacca, Richard Horton, Rick Parr, Cindy Markevich, and Brian Adams on Friday and Voices From Inside participants on Saturday. Voices From Inside is a writing program for women who have been incarcerated and/or are in addiction recovery.
Next, everyone should have a lot of fun on Monday, October 31st, when we record the town's annual Halloween parade and costume contest. We're putting the final touches on our roster of hosts and volunteers and, of course, our costumes.
Then, we hope you'll join us at Greenfield Community College (GCC) on Friday, November 4th, for the 5th annual PVTTFF screening. There were lots of entries that are currently being judged and we can't wait to see who wins this year's celebration of sustainability and resilience.
Finally, we'd like to share a little bit about the next TEDx Shelburne Falls, which will take place on Saturday, November 19th, at Mohawk Trail Regional High School. Last night, some of the speakers met for a tech rehearsal in our studio so that they could get comfortable with the microphones and other equipment they'll be using when they present on the topic "Body of Knowledge". We know people are interested because the signs directing presenters to the rehearsal enticed a passerby to ask how to attend the event itself.
Students from Four Rivers Charter Public School were in our studio on Thursday to get trained in the use of our field equipment. For the third year in a row, their senior class will produce a film on a topic of importance to them. The students haven't decided, yet, what their film will be about but the forty youth split up into three groups to learn the ins and outs of our HD solid state JVC cameras. Soon they will be out and about shooting their footage and then they'll return to learn how to edit it. In the spring, their finished movie will have a local premiere and begin airing on our channel. Our staff has enjoyed working with these students each year and we can't wait to see what they'll do next.
Most of you know how much our staff loves having new artwork on the office walls every 3 months or so and how excited we are to be partnering with the Greenfield Local Cultural Council (GLCC) to host their Changing exhibit through December. Unfortunately, our good feelings were dulled a bit last Friday afternoon when one of the show’s paintings disappeared. Our executive director is sure that it was there in the morning but our new media producer noticed that it was missing when she left to go on her break mid-afternoon.
If anyone has any information regarding the stolen art, which is pictured below, we would really appreciate knowing about it. Please call us at (413) 774-4288 or email email@example.com. We just want the piece back so no questions will be asked if it is returned during our open hours (Mon-Thurs 10AM to 8PM and Fri 10AM to 6PM).
It’s almost time again for the Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival! Our cameras will return to Beacon Field to capture all the action on Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th. We’ve been told that this year’s event will feature so many contestants, there’s barely enough room for them all. That bodes well for folks who want to chow down at the People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit where the public can taste some of the entries and judge for themselves.
This may be one of the hardest events for our staff and volunteers to film because they get up close to the food as they interview participants, and are inhaling wonderful aromas as they walk around getting b-roll, but they can’t stop to eat any of it until they’re done. Of course, they do also get to listen to great music the whole time and enjoy a fun, family, atmosphere. Be sure to look for our coverage on Cable Channel 15, and here on our website, after Columbus Day weekend.