November 5, 2004
Five Local Winners of Video Excellence Awards
The Midpeninsula Community Media Center (the “Media Center”), is proud to announce that five locally produced programs were chosen winners in this year’s Western Alliance Video Excellence, (WAVE) Awards. The awards were held Saturday, October 30, in Reno, Nevada. Their purpose is to recognize and promote the best in local community programming produced in the Western region of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). The Western region includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico.
Of the five winners, three were community producers, and two were in the Professional category. “My Mountain,” produced by Stanford Freshman Marie Jo Mont-Reynaud won the Programming by Youth category with her enlightening documentary about life in impoverished, rural Haiti. “4-Directions, “ a unique and original news and public issues show, produced by local artist Jennifer Benorden and friends won the Community News category with a special look into the prison industry. Vicci Smith, producer of She-TV” took first place in the Talk Show Entertainment category with her program “Exploring Belly Dance”.
In the Professional category the local UN Association took first place in the Public Service Announcement/Promo category with their promo “2004 UNA Film Festival Trailer,” and the Performing Arts category was won by “Shakespeare: The Remix, “a video adaptation of the TheatreWorks’ stage production of the same name. This teleplay was a collaborative effort between the Media Center and TheatreWorks.
Also recognized as finalists during the award ceremony were: - “NEWSwatch: Erosion of Reproductive Rights” - (Talk Show Issues category), produced by the Media Center; “Other Voices-Special Edition: The Draft Debate”- (Pubic Forum category), a televised community forum co-produced by the Media Center and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center; “Talking with Henrietta”, featuring a discussion on reforming our prisons produced and hosted by Henrietta Burroughs, (Talk Show Issues category); and ”This is My Job, “ (Programs by Youth category), featuring 7 year old Caddie King interviewing a variety of professionals about their jobs . “Shakespeare: The Remix” also received a finalist nomination in the Entertainment category.
The Midpeninsula Community Media Center (the “Media Center”), operates local cable channels 27, 28 & 30, and provides public access to cable TV for residents in Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Stanford. Production training is offered along with accessible studio facilities, camcorders, and editing suites. For more information on programming and services contact the Media Center at (650) 494-8686, or visit our web site at www.communitymediacenter.net