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Call For Entries: 2018 Philo Festival of Media Arts

Call for entries has begun to the 2018 Philo Festival Of Media Arts video competition; June 1-30, 2018 via Film Freeway. To view rules, categories and more click the FilmFreeway Button below. 

Philo Festival of Media Arts proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. Click here to submit your videos with Film Freeway.

The 2018 Philo Festival of Media Arts Award Ceremony will be in Alliance, OH on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Submission for the 2018!

Congratulations to all the 2017 Excellence Winners!! The Award Ceremony video is on YouTube; click here to view it. You can also download the ceremony for your channel. Click here for the SD google drive link. Or here for the HD google drive link. And view photos from the event by clicking here. 

What’s a Philo?
The festival is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, the father of modern television. Philo was born August 19, 1906 on a farm near Beaver City, Utah. As a youth in 1922, Philo first revealed his scientific ideas for an all-electric television system. He later established an electronics laboratory in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he succeeded in turning his dreams into reality by inventing the first receiving tube for television transmissions.

It is fitting that the ACM Central States Region honors the memory of Philo T. Farnsworth by recognizing the efforts of modern day pioneers who work to further develop the use of this technology and promote the use of media in our communities. The “PHILO” is awarded as recognition of excellence in media creation.

What’s this Festival about?
The Philo Festival of Media Arts is all about you: the media producer. It’s a unique combination of competition, collaboration, educational and creative content hosted by the Central States Alliance for Community Media. The event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the creative art and the rapidly evolving world of independent media. The festival features professional speakers, creative minds, and notable mentors that are there to help you tackle the latest media making trends and technology. And of course…the awards will be given to honor and celebrate your amazing work.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Excellence Winners!! The Award Ceremony video is on YouTube; click here to view it. You can also download the ceremony for your channel. Click here for the SD google drive link. Or here for the HD google drive link. And view photos from the event by clicking here. 

Best Documentary
Clare, Michigan Depression Era Art, MAC TV Network, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Best In Show
The Mayor’s Corner – Talk Show (On Location), SCSTV, City of St. Clair Shores, MI

Best Series Program
Livin’ Live – Episode 3, ONTV, Lake Orion, MI

Excellence in Animation
Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range, Sterling Heights, MI

Excellence in Cinematography
Fort Wayne Museum of Art Iron Poor, Access Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN

Excellence in Directing
News Central 34 Morning Show, MAC TV Network, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Excellence in Editing
Let’s Go Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

George C. Stoney Community Activism Award
2016 United We Walk Celebration, Civic Center TV, West Bloomfield, MI

Excellence in Sound Design
Lotus World Music Festival 2016 – Anda Union, CATS, Bloomington, IN

Congratulations to all the 2017 Philo Festival of Media Arts Winners & Finalists! We hope to see you in 2018 for next year’s award ceremony!

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Free PSA- Importance of Forestry to Michigan

New Videos Show Importance of Forestry to Michigan

Innovative forest management brings new opportunities and lasting value

Ann Arbor, Mich. and Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Sustainable Resources Alliance (SRA) and Spalted Banjo Consulting (SBC) are determined to spread the word about the benefits that forestry can provide for Michigan’s landowners, even in the more urban parts of the state. Two new videos from this partnership, Active Forest Management: Protecting Michigan’s Forests for the Future and Urban Wood in Michigan connect viewers with the value of trees, both while they are living and once they are dead.

The downloadable, higher-quality versions are available on Vimeo:

Traditional Forestry

Urban Wood in Michigan

The video series was produced as a capstone for Spalted Banjo Consulting’s recent wood harvest and utilization demonstration project with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan (LCWM). Supported by SRA via a USDA Forest Service grant, SBC used traditional forestry techniques to assist restoration activities on two of the Land Conservancy’s properties. At Brower Lake Nature Preserve, the team removed low-quality pine trees that were hampering the site’s biodiversity and potentially endangering recreational trail ways. At The Highlands, hazardous dead ash trees were removed from the converted golf course. At both sites, wood from the removed trees was recovered and milled, which is not a typical practice on conservation properties. By producing pine fence posts and ash lumber as a byproduct of their restoration activities, the LCWM was able to extend its resource conservation ethic even further.

Westbound Productions, a sustainable production company located in West Michigan, worked with SBC to develop the two videos, both which address many public misconceptions about Michigan’s forestry industry. The videos discuss why both traditional and urban forests should be managed, how forestry practices can support conservation, and how surprisingly, wood from urban trees can live on in high-end products. “As a business owner, who cares deeply about preserving our forests, I learned a lot about the role foresters and loggers play as natural resource managers through working on this project,” explains Tyler Wiewiora, Owner of Westbound Productions. He said, “Understanding and allowing sustainable forestry and logging practices is key to maintaining the health of our environment.”

In response, Margaret Miller, owner of Spalted Banjo Consulting, LLC, commented, “Just as Tyler learned a lot about forestry through filming these videos, similarly, I hope these videos can help all Michigan residents better understand how innovative forest management brings new opportunities and lasting value to our state’s forests and people.”

Both videos are available for public viewing on the website of the Michigan Urban Wood Network: http://miurbanwoodnetwork.com/more. Spalted Banjo Consulting (http://spaltedbanjo.com) is a natural resource and small business consulting company with a mission of helping landowners, nonprofits, municipalities, and other organizations with effective and sustainable resource management.

Media Contact:

Jessica Simons, Project Manager

on behalf of Sustainable Resources Alliance

Phone: (734) 707-1949
Email: jessica.simons@semircd.org

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Fall Station Tour Stops

The 2018 Fall Station Tour, in Monroe Michigan, will showcase many different PEG Studios. The studio will include:

We’ll also stop for a lunch break and have a round table Tip or Trick discussion on what your station has done to make their production work easier.

Hotel accommodation include:

o   Phone: (734) 242-6000

o   Phone:734-289-5700

o   Phone: (734) 639-1701

Thank you to MPACT & the City of Monroe for hosting the 2018 tour! More information TBA!

Save the Date_Fall Station Tour_2018

AND You’re Also Invited to…
Join us for this annual joint meeting with Michigan NATOA at a special discounted rate for Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM Members

MAB Great Lakes Media Show- Engaging with the World at Our Fingertips Conference on Wednesday, March 7 2018 at the Lansing Center, Lansing Michigan

Schedule of Michigan NATOA/ACM Sessions

Registration only $40 includes lunch

Each year, Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM collaborate to bring together sessions as part of the MAB Conference. In return, our members receive a huge discount for attending.

8:00 am: Registration and Exhibits Open- Sponsored by Patrick Communications

8:30 am: Keynote Session
Caroline Beasley, Beasley Media Inc.
Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media/jacapps
Larry Patrick, Patrick Communications

9:50 am: Innovation Break featuring LiveU, Inc.

10:10 am Session I: Representing Diversity in Community Media

The past few years has seen an increase in discussion over diversity in media. Are the stories being told in your community being accurately represented? Media helps construct the perception in which we live. What happens when media omits or distorts a whole group of people? In this session we explore race, gender and other social issues and how we can better represent diversity.
Speakers:
Rina Risper; President and Publisher, The New Citizens Press
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., Professor, MSU School of Journalism
 

11:00 am: Innovation Break featuring Advanced Lighting and Sound

11:30 am Session II: Where to Find Grants and Grant Writing Techniques

Cable cord cutting is one of the biggest scares community media centers have when it comes to sustaining funds to keep centers operational. There are several ways money can be raised to contribute financially for organizations but what about grants? First, how do you find them and second, how do you write an award winning grant? This session will help media centers learn grant writing techniques and help navigate where to find sources of revenue.
Speaker: Matt Schuster; Executive Producer, Public Media Network

12:30 pm: Main Luncheon and 2018 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards- Co-Sponsored by OK 2 Day and Michigan Restaurant Association

2:00 pm: Career & Networking Fair Opens

2:00 pm: Innovation Break featuring Michigan Drone Pros

2:30 pm Session III: Engage Your Audience Through Social Storytelling

The social world is becoming ever more present in our everyday lives. Stories are at our finger tips. We no longer have to wait for the 6 O’Clock News or wait for a monthly subscription to come out; it’s instantaneous. Not everyone uses media in the same manner, nor is captured by it. By using mixed media, you’re reaching a more diverse and wider audience who can help share their story. With cable cord cutting become ever more relevant, it is now more important than ever to capture your audience and their story through social. In this session you will learn how to engage community members through various digital techniques.
Speakers:
Erin Cornett; Social Media Specialist, Meridian Township,
Kevin Neil Smith; Multimedia Producer, Independence Television and
Michelle Oliver; Multimedia Journalist, WDIV

3:30 pm: Innovation Break featuring Lectrosonics- MAB foundation 50/50 drawing

4:00 pm Session IV: 101 Ways to Repurpose Content with One Tool

An increasing number of facilities and news organizations are doing more with less; yet demand is ever increasing. How can you meet the multiple platform demands at our fingertips while staying relevant and keeping communities informed? In this season, you will learn 101 ways to repurpose content; including a handout showing how easy it is to share one story 101 different ways using one tool.
Speakers:
Brandie Yates, Executive Producer, HOMTV and
Sherri Powers; Director of Marketing, TechSmith Corporation 

 Or attend

4:00 pm Session IV: Joint meeting Michigan ACM and Michigan NATOA

Fall Station Tour- Save the Date!

Save the Date- Friday, October 12, 2018! The 2018 Michigan ACM Fall Station Tour will be in Monroe with more information TBA!

Save the Date_Fall Station Tour_2018

AND You’re Also Invited to…
Join us for this annual joint meeting with Michigan NATOA at a special discounted rate for Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM Members

MAB Great Lakes Media Show- Engaging with the World at Our Fingertips Conference on Wednesday, March 7 2018 at the Lansing Center, Lansing Michigan

Schedule of Michigan NATOA/ACM Sessions

Registration only $40 includes lunch

Each year, Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM collaborate to bring together sessions as part of the MAB Conference. In return, our members receive a huge discount for attending.

8:00 am: Registration and Exhibits Open- Sponsored by Patrick Communications

8:30 am: Keynote Session
Caroline Beasley, Beasley Media Inc.
Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media/jacapps
Larry Patrick, Patrick Communications

9:50 am: Innovation Break featuring LiveU, Inc.

10:10 am Session I: Representing Diversity in Community Media

The past few years has seen an increase in discussion over diversity in media. Are the stories being told in your community being accurately represented? Media helps construct the perception in which we live. What happens when media omits or distorts a whole group of people? In this session we explore race, gender and other social issues and how we can better represent diversity.
Speakers:
Rina Risper; President and Publisher, The New Citizens Press
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., Professor, MSU School of Journalism
 

11:00 am: Innovation Break featuring Advanced Lighting and Sound

11:30 am Session II: Where to Find Grants and Grant Writing Techniques

Cable cord cutting is one of the biggest scares community media centers have when it comes to sustaining funds to keep centers operational. There are several ways money can be raised to contribute financially for organizations but what about grants? First, how do you find them and second, how do you write an award winning grant? This session will help media centers learn grant writing techniques and help navigate where to find sources of revenue.
Speaker: Matt Schuster; Executive Producer, Public Media Network

12:30 pm: Main Luncheon and 2018 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards- Co-Sponsored by OK 2 Day and Michigan Restaurant Association

2:00 pm: Career & Networking Fair Opens

2:00 pm: Innovation Break featuring Michigan Drone Pros

2:30 pm Session III: Engage Your Audience Through Social Storytelling

The social world is becoming ever more present in our everyday lives. Stories are at our finger tips. We no longer have to wait for the 6 O’Clock News or wait for a monthly subscription to come out; it’s instantaneous. Not everyone uses media in the same manner, nor is captured by it. By using mixed media, you’re reaching a more diverse and wider audience who can help share their story. With cable cord cutting become ever more relevant, it is now more important than ever to capture your audience and their story through social. In this session you will learn how to engage community members through various digital techniques.
Speakers:
Erin Cornett; Social Media Specialist, Meridian Township,
Kevin Neil Smith; Multimedia Producer, Independence Television and
Michelle Oliver; Multimedia Journalist, WDIV

3:30 pm: Innovation Break featuring Lectrosonics- MAB foundation 50/50 drawing

4:00 pm Session IV: 101 Ways to Repurpose Content with One Tool

An increasing number of facilities and news organizations are doing more with less; yet demand is ever increasing. How can you meet the multiple platform demands at our fingertips while staying relevant and keeping communities informed? In this season, you will learn 101 ways to repurpose content; including a handout showing how easy it is to share one story 101 different ways using one tool.
Speakers:
Brandie Yates, Executive Producer, HOMTV and
Sherri Powers; Director of Marketing, TechSmith Corporation 

 Or attend

4:00 pm Session IV: Joint meeting Michigan ACM and Michigan NATOA

2018 MAB Great Lakes Media Show

Join us for the Michigan ACM/NATOA Joint Luncheon on

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

At the end of the day, we will have a joint meeting with

Michigan ACM & NATOA members. All events take place at The Lansing Center.

Attendance including lunch and admission to the Trade Show is $40

Sign up through the Great Lakes Media Show Registration 2018 page and select the NATOA/ACM/AMCAI tab.

Itinerary  (online schedule, click here):

8- 10 a.m. Registration Opens

10:10 AM- Session I: Representing Diversity in Community Media
The past few years has seen an increase in discussion over diversity in media. Are the stories being told in your community being accurately represented? Media helps construct the perception in which we live, what happens when media omits or distorts a whole group of people? In this session we explore race, gender and other social issues and how we can better represent diversity.

11:30 AM- Session II: Where to Find Grants and Grant Writing Techniques
Cable cord cutting is one of the biggest scares community media centers have when it comes to sustaining funds to keep centers operational. There are several ways funds can be raised to contribute financially for organizations but what grants? First, how do you find them and second, how to write it? This session will help media centers learn grant writing techniques and navigate through finding sources of revenue.

2:30 PM- Session III: Engage Your Audience Through Social Storytelling
The social world is becoming ever more present in our everyday lives. Stories are at our finger tips, we no longer have to wait for the 6 O’Clock News or wait for a monthly subscription to come out; it’s instantaneous. In this session we will learn how to engage our community members with sharing their story. Not everyone uses media in the same manner, nor is captured by it. By using mixed media, you’re reaching a more diverse and wider audience who will help tell their story. With cable cord cutting become ever more relevant, it is now more important than ever to capture your audience through social.

4:00 PM- Session IV: Joint meeting Michigan ACM and Michigan NATOA

4:00 pm Session IV: 101 Ways to Repurpose Content
More and more facilities and news organizations are doing more with less; yet demand is ever increasing. How can we meet the multiple platform demands at our fingertips while staying relevant and keeping our communities informed?

***speakers subject to change

Contacts for more information:

Alysha Schlundt-Bodien, President of MIACM Aschlundt-bodien@a2gov.org

Deborah Guthrie, President of MINATOA Guthrie@meridian.mi.us