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Sun, Mon, Tues: Closed
Columbia Access Television can be seen on Mediacom Channel 85, CenturyLink Channel 603, Charter Channel 983, streaming live and available on demand at columbiaaccess.tv and select programming can be found on our Vimeo channel and on our YouTube channel, just search for Columbia Access Television.
I’m happy to report that Columbia’s very own Community Media Center received some good news in a busy and rewarding June: CAT won the 2012 Overall Excellence in Public Access Award for organizations with budgets of less than $300,000 in the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) annual contest. (CAT also won in 2010. That’s two such awards in three years.)
We’ll collect the award in person at the end of this month at the ACM Conference in Chicago. Can’t wait to share it with you!
Founded in 1976, the Alliance represents over 3,000 PEG access organizations and community media centers throughout the country, and the Hometown Video Contest is the largest PEG competition in the U.S.
We’re especially proud that we are able to do so much and maintain such high levels of programming with a relatively small budget. Again, we simply couldn’t do this without the creativity, dedication and vision of our members and collaborators, including the True/False Film Fest, Stephens College, Citizen Jane Film Festival, Columbia Public Schools, the City of Columbia, Columbia’s Volunteer Network, and many others.
The award recognizes CAT's service to the community and the high quality and diversity of programs produced by Columbia residents, organizations and staff. In other words, this is YOUR award, Columbia!
Sometime back in 2011 I entered a local grant-funded Public Service Announcement contest through the Hinkson Creek Watershed Restoration Project and received first place. The 30-second PSA was recently submitted to the 319 Summit in Branson, Missouri, where all entities having water-quality grants gathered to share one another’s projects. My PSA titled “Clean” was submitted for the “People’s Choice Awards” and won. I filmed the video around Columbia with the help of some friends’ children (who were more than happy to play in the creek) and a dog named Charlie who just happened to be out for a walk that day. It was a great experience, and through the local grant I was awarded $500. I encourage all CAT members to keep an eye out for opportunities like this to help the community out with PSAs and to make your voice heard.
The PSA can be seen on CAT or here on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm8up2HDQfk
We here at CAT are all about helping our members develop new skills, so we try our best to find different projects for y’all to flex your media-muscles. Our most recent find is the 90to5 challenge. The goal of this editing exercise is to take a feature-length public domain film of your choosing and cut it down to five minutes WITHOUT losing the essence of the story. Trimming around 90 percent of your content without losing the heart of the tale sounds like quite a challenge, indeed! Projects such as this are always a learning experience; not only are you learning how to use the software, but you’re practicing the lost art of concise storytelling. Plus, you get to hang out with the CAT staff if you’re editing in the downtown Community Media Center!
For those dashing CAT members feeling up to the task, visit http://challenge.90to5.org/ to get the skinny. The contest is totally free, the content is public domain (ergo free), AND there are some pretty sweet cash prizes for no entry fee! We’re talking a $999 first prize for cutting up a public domain film, so there’s really no reason NOT to enter. The upload deadline is August 15th, so come visit us downtown at the Community Media Center to get started with your 90to5 challenge today!
CATching Up with CAT July 2012
Columbia Access Television can be seen on Mediacom Channel 85, CenturyLink Channel 603, Charter Channel 983, streaming live and available on demand at columbiaaccess.tv and select programming can be watched on our Vimeo channel and on our YouTube channel, just search for Columbia Access Television.