The annual Board of Directors elections are coming up in June. Would you or someone you know be a good candidate to help local profit, independent, & local public media grow and thrive? If so, we want to hear from you! Any resident of Andover, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth, Reading, or Cavendish who is at least 18 years of age is eligible to serve on the Board. Anyone interested in becoming a candidate or nominating someone they know should contact Executive Director Patrick Cody, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 228-8808. Nominations must be received by Friday, June 7th.
Last year, we teamed up with Weston Playhouse Theater Company to produce a short video tour of the brand new Walker Farm facility. The video featured an interview with Steve Stettler, the longtime Artistic Producing Director, who retired at the end of the Playhouse's last season. The video received recognition from the Northeastern region of the Alliance for Community Media, the trade association for community TV stations & media organizations, at its annual “Nor’easter Awards” in November. It earned 2nd place in the “PSA / Short Program” category. Shown here with the award are our Board President & Treasurer, Fra DeVine (who is also on the Board at Weston) and Susanna Gellert, the new Executive Artistic Director at Weston Playhouse Theater Company. Last week, we went back to Walker Farm to record a follow-up to that earlier video. Fra interviewed Susanna, covering a variety of topics: how the Walker Farm facility is being used, Susanna’s background and vision, and a preview of the plays she is bringing to the Playhouse during the upcoming season. The new video is also featured on our website here and will be running over the coming weeks on our community access channel. We are grateful for the community partnerships we have with organizations such as Weston Playhouse!
We have begun construction on Phase 3 renovations in our facility. While this is going on, we have limited operating hours. Starting March 25th, & until approximately April 22, our facility will not be open during our normal business hours (as posted here. Instead, we will be opening during the evenings & some Saturdays.
During this time, our studio will be inoperable. Instead of recording in the studio, our staff is available to help record programming on location, upon request. Please let us know if you have a production you would like to do, by calling the main office phone & leaving a message (228-8808), or send us an email.
Our new temporary hours, effective immediately, and running until further notice are: Mondays - Thursdays, from 4-9PM and Fridays 4-8PM
We will also be open from Saturday, March 30th & Saturday, April 6th from 10AM - 4PM.
If you have any questions or want more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to resuming our normal operating hours later in April and showing off all of the new spaces & improvements in the facility. The new spaces will include a classroom / conference room, a studio control room, master control room, and equipment training room.
Thank you to the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce for naming us "Member of the Month"! Chamber Director Carol Lighthall stopped by our recent Board of Directors meeting to make the announcement.
Shown in the photo are (from Left): Production Coordinator Eric Chatterjee, Board President Fra DeVine (with Rosie), V.P. Lou Krefski, Chamber Director Carol Lighthall, John Cama (Okemo Valley TV Board member), and our Executive Director, Patrick Cody.
By becoming a member of Okemo Valley TV, you help support our efforts to:
* bring hyper-local shows, news, & information to community on TV & online
* provide media production & literacy education through workshops, classes, & after school programs
* give equipment & training to community members so they can make TV of their own
* offer a professional studio & media facility to community producers & volunteers
Okemo Valley TV and Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) have been collaborating on "Ludlow Memories", a series of shows through which longtime local residents offer their reflections of how life was in Ludlow. Each episode, or, in some cases, set of episodes, focuses on a specific topic. The latest incarnation of Ludlow Memories is a mini-series focusing on the history Black River High School sports, from the opening of the new school in 1939 through the present day, Hosted by former basketball coach Earl Washburn, coach So far there have been 2 episodes in this mini-series: the first one covers the period from 1939 through the early 1960s, featuring guests Stew Schmidt & Sue Pollender. The 2nd episode covers the period from the mid-1960s through the 1980s; guests on that episode were Sue Pollender, Jennifer Stowell, Dave Baker, Stew Schmidt, Tony Valente, & Pat Pullinen. All episodes of Ludlow Memories can be viewed by going to http://okemovalley.tv/ludlow-memories
Check out these recent interviews with Black River graduates who are off writing & making films:
Sean Temple (Class of 2007) & his partner (both in life and film) came into the studio to talk about filmmaking and working in the industry in L.A. We also screen their film from a few years ago, Aster & Sidney, which immediately follows the interview.
Rachel Carter & Asher Ellis, both Class of 2002, stopped by to talk about their careers as authors - in Rachel's case, as a young adult novelist, including the So Close to You series of books. And for Asher, as a writer of horror stories, essays, short stories, and short films. He wrote the screenplay for "Exit 7A", which is screened immediately following the interview. Rachel & Asher are not only former classmates, but they are lifelong friends and occasional collaborators.
Thanks to Sean, Sarah, Rachel, & Asher for sharing their stories and letting us know where they are now.
Want to help tell the story of one of your friends, family members, or classmates? Nominate them for the "Where Are They Now?" series by sending us a quick email.