VCAM spent the evening of March 4 coving town meetings in Hinesburg, Shelburne and Vergennes, Vermont. We also produced this short piece about the Shelburne meeting. Like many Vermont towns, Shelburne holds its Town Meeting the evening before Town Meeting Day, and then votes by Australian ballot the next day.
Director/editor: Bill Simmon
Camera: Ashley DeLucco & Bill Simmon
Music: Jane Boxall
Creative Director: Bill Simmon
Producer: Seth Mobley
It was really awesome to see Seven Days newspaper include an entire page of letters from people in our community in support of public access media in Vermont. All of the letters were in response to Andy Bromage’s January 23 feature, “Keeping Watch,” about the future of public-access television. For one reason or another some of the letters were not included. We can only assume it was because there were simply too many to fit on one page!
Here was one of the letters that wasn’t included that is particularly meaningful to us:
As one of the first supporters of Public Access TV in Vermont, a former VCAM Board member and a long time producer at VCAM, I have seen Public Access TV evolve from it’s early halting years to become an essential part of our community.
I use the word “essential” for two reasons. Public Access makes it possible for student and community members to learn how to professionally communicate a large variety of opinions and information. A Democracy flourishes with such communication.
In addition, Public Access enables small non-profits and citizen groups to reach out to those who may need their help or knowledge. Many of these groups cannot afford PR Departments.
For over 30 years, I have interviewed Vermont leaders in government , health care , education, the Arts and community life. My half hour VCAM show offers them time to to discuss in more depth why and how these areas are integral parts of life in Vermont.
Perhaps the time will come when cable fees cannot pay for Public Access TV. If so , I hope that the word will get out so people will choose to support future programs by and for Vermonters.
Kay H. Ryder, VCAM Producer –”Conversation with Kay”
VCAM is producing a short documentary on the Burlington, Vermont Penguin Plunge, an annual event that benefits the Vermont Special Olympics. This 3-minute teaser focuses on plunger, Ken Willetts, who dove into Lake Champlain with Dealer.com’s “Splash With a ‘Stache” team on February 2, 2013. Ken let us outfit him with waterproof GoPro cameras for his plunge.
Look for the longer piece coming form VCAM soon.
In September 2012 a gathering of fascinating, curious people seeking to foster grassroots innovation in every community, descended on Shelburne Farms, Vermont in the form of the Champlain Maker Faire. Inspired by their dedication to community, creativity and technology, VCAM set out to discover what the Maker Faire was all about.
The Vermont International Film Festival is in full swing in downtown Burlington and VCAM is pleased to call your attention to some of the great locally produced films gracing the festival’s screens this year.
On the opening night of the festival, VTIFF gave out six awards to five Vermont films. Four of those films were produced at least in part with VCAM equipment and services. The award-winners include:
Welcome to Vermont
Dir. Mira Niagolova
Ben & Jerry’s Award
Shape of Things to Come
Dir. Matt Day
James Goldstone Award (Presented by the Vermont Film Commission)
We Have to Talk About Hunger
Dir. Alison Segar
Footage Firm Award
Dir. Michael Fisher
Dir. Tim Joy
Congratulations to all the filmmakers! We are proud that the work of our constituency of media makers is receiving such well-deserved recognition.
In addition to the films mentioned above, the feature documentary, A Band Called Death, by filmmakers Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino, was produced in part with gear and assistance from VCAM. The festival isn’t over, but since A Band Called Death screened to a sold out show in the largest cinema venue in the state (Essex Cinemas’ T-Rex Theater), the chances are good the film will take home the Audience Award at the end of the festival, raising the VCAM-related award tally even higher!
All of the award-winning films will screen again at the festival on Sunday at 3:30 P.M. at Main Street Landing, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Ask them about how they used VCAM!