Zoomies 2018

Courtesy Gerard Lum

The annual Zoomies took place on November 10 in the studio. Designed to be a conversation and celebration among Zoom In volunteers, friends and staff, we set up our usual easy going lounge experience and screened 10 recent Zoom In projects. We talked with the individual producers about some of the challenges and what they learned while producing and editing their videos.

The screening included the following videos by Zoom In workshop participants

    Becky congratulates Ron Marks (photo by Gerard Lum)

Pelicans, Briefly by Ron Marks
Northern Ireland in WWII by Kevin Burnett
Imagination School (excerpt) by Amy Tupper
Zen of Berry Picking by Therese Lichtle
BACC by Maureen Cronan

as well as “pro” videos from our seasoned staff and volunteers:



Rick Row chats with Becky and the Audience (photo by Gerard Lum)

Stanford GSB Women’s Circle by Beth Charlesworth
Nordic Women in Technology by Scott Pinson
Don’t Be Fuelish (short excerpt) by Rick Row
Friends of the Palo Alto Library by David Simon
Peninsula Literary (short excerpt) by Gerard Lum & Becky Sanders
Let Me Tell You About Youth Rally by Doug Kreitz

The videos can be watched on Zoom In’s Youtube Channel

We also enjoyed a conversation with Keri Stokstad, Midpen’s Executive Director. This was the first time many of us had actually had a chance to visit with Keri. Keri shared about her extensive background in Cable Access leadership and on the Board of the Alliance for Community Media. She alsospoke with us about some of the challenges confronting the cable access industry sector on a national level, including significant threats to funding currently before the FCC. http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/cable-franchise-fees.

Keri Stokstad, Midpen’s Executive Director

As the audience award ballots were being counted by our Zoom In elf Scott Van Duyne, Becky recognized and thanked the two principal teachers David Simon and Doug Kreitz not only for their teaching excellence, garnering consistently rave reviews, but also for all the extra time they put in off the clock helping learners and volunteers, helping Becky, advising and even assisting out in the field, as well as putting in hours working as volunteers on video production themselves.

Becky recognized Rick Row for his continued devotion to covering videos that address climate change and the environment. Also Rick has undertaken to help with an inventory of Midpen’s equipment room, which still has equipment from the days of quarter in tape! Rick is helping us evaluate what needs to stay and what needs to go. Additionally Bernadette Burns was thanked for her outstanding service for her coverage of videos for the League of Women Voters in South San Mateo County and volunteering to help Becky with various Zoom In housekeeping tasks.

Unable to attend this year’s Zoomies were some of our strongest boosters and volunteers: Beth Charlesworth, Joyce McClure, Lessa Bouchard and Stan Ng. We recognized them in absentia for their contributions to Zoom In. Stan has been particularly helpful in running our monthly mixers and in providing additional training and expertise in film audio production.

Gerard Lum was kind enough to be our photographer for the Zoomies. Please visit this link to see more of Gerard’s pictures of the evening.

By the way, the Therese Lichtle and Ron Marks’ student videos tied for first place in the audience award.  But in the pro category, Doug Kreitz’ video about the Youth Rally ran away with the prize.

Zoom In, like all of Midpen, would be as a “sounding gong or a clanging cymbal” without the harmony created by volunteers working together for good. Videos and video production are what we produce. Friendship and fellowship is what we are about. If you have an interested in learning more about Zoom In or any aspect of Midpen Media, please contact Becky who will help you connect with the right people.

Three Happy Zoomers – David Simon, Becky Sanders and Doug Kreitz                                 (photo by Gerard Lum)

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