September 2, 2014 - 3:57pm
CCTV's Back Lot BBQ is only 2 1/2 weeks away (September 18th)! If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, here's another reason why you don't want to miss this year's event: the auction.
This year's silent auction features something for everyone -- whether you're a sports fan, a music/arts enthusiast, or just looking for some fun activities to do with friends or family, you'll find many unique items to fit all budgets in this year's auction.
Some highlights of this year's auction include: tickets to a Red Sox Game, an autographed Boston Bruins hockey puck, a package for a cruise along the Charles River and a night at the Hotel Marlowe, and numerous gift certificates and passes to local dining, entertainment, and arts establishments. You can view the full list of auction items here. And whatever you place your bid for, know that all of the proceeds will directly benefit CCTV's Youth Media Program. Purchase your tickets to CCTV's Back Lot BBQ here, or in person at CCTV. See you there!
August 25, 2014 - 5:02pm
Christopher Bavitz, Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will receive CCTV's Leading Role Award at the Back Lot BBQ on Thursday, September 18. The award honors people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our community a better place. Through his work at the Berkman Center and beyond, Chris focuses on media law, copyright, and speech, ensuring that the rights of CCTV's many constituencies are protected.
Chris, and Cambridge residents and news commentators Jim Braude and Callie Crossley, will be inducted onto CCTV's Honorary Board. Jim is host of Broadside: The News with with Jim Braude on NECN and co-hosts Boston Public Radio on WGBH with Marjery Eagan. Callie hosts Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, also on WGBH.
CCTV is excited and honored to be joined by such accomplished professionals, who will help guide us into the future. Share in the celebration at the Back Lot BBQ! Buy tickets here.
August 10, 2014 - 4:51pm
Reason #4 to attend CCTV's Back Lot BBQ on September 18th: The music! You won't want to miss what is sure to be a lively and dynamic performance by local Afro-beat/Soul band Zili Misik. This all-female group was nominated for the Boston Music Awards in 2012 and was recognized in the Boston Globe as "one of Boston's hottest bands." Check out their music at http://www.zilimisik.com.
Learn more about CCTV's Backyard BBQ here, and get your tickets today!
Photo by Julie Cordeiro.
August 10, 2014 - 4:21pm
CCTV's Annual Back LotBBQ Fundraiser is coming up in just 5 weeks (Thursday, September 18th) and we're counting down five reasons why you don't want to miss this year's event.
Reason #5: The Food. If you enjoy delectable food then you'll like the variety of tasty treats we have lined up for this year's BBQ. Dinner will feature a diverse array of food – from ribs to vegetarian fare to drinks and desserts – prepared by chefs from Cambridge restaurants. This year’s contributors include: Cambridge Brewing Company, Christopher’s, Henrietta's Table, Iggy's Bread of the World, Patty Chen's Dumpling Room, Middle East Restaurant, Picante, Veggie Galaxy, and many others. View the complete list of contributing restaurants here.
Learn more about CCTV's Back Lot BBQ here, and get your tickets today!
August 7, 2014 - 12:31pm
Food Donors to Date:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Patty Chen's Dumpling Room
East Coast Grill
Iggy's Bread of the World
Middle East Restaurant
Auction Donors to Date:
B Cummings Hair Salon
Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do
Boston Red Sox
Central Square Theater
Charles Riverboat Company
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Craigie on Main
The Elephant Walk
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Lanes and Games
Mass Bay Lines
Miracle of Science
New England Aquarium
PJ Steyer, Lic. Ac., MAOM
The Sports Museum
July 14, 2014 - 1:32pm
I found the best way to make friends, to set goals, pursue my passion of writing, creative arts, and learning new things is through Cambridge and of course, CCTV. I have forgotten fine nuances of many a wonderful moment in life. With the CCTV programs, I write more, blog more, document more with videos and pictures, and to my surprise, it is fun to revisit those memories even if they are only a few months old.
It's easy to know what you want to edit; for the first project, it is almost everything. The "how-to" part was the most challenging. I did not have the software, and sat in a class with a great teacher. I also got a lot of support from the staff, and that put me on a path of wanting to go on to the next level of editing.
I feel grateful to have discovered CCTV. It's a pool of creative, encouraging people who care about their neighbors and community. I love what CCTV does, and it's definitely a community resource---- to pursue interests, to connect with people, to learn, and give back to the community.
Please make a donation in support of CCTV's training program today!
June 30, 2014 - 10:32am
I believe the first time I ever experienced CCTV was in 2008 during the School Year Production Program (SYPP). I was in 8th grade at the time going into 9th--needless to say I had no idea what I was going to do with my life, but I was open to discovering different life paths, you could say. Little did I know CCTV would give me a glimpse into a path I'd later take after graduating high school. I loved SYPP so much I decided to do the Summer Media Institute (SMI) where I got to work in the TV studio, learn camerawork and editing skills that in 2014 ended up helping me in my classes at Emerson College. I now study Studio TV with dreams of producing and working with nonprofits to connect inner city youth to media arts--and none of this, none of these realizations or life paths would I have discovered without getting involved in 2008 with CCTV. Not only did I learn valuable technical skills as a teen, I was taught the value of creativity and collaboration in a "real world" working environment. Now I'm working for SMI where I know I'll continue to gain skills and learn more about what I'm interested in pursuing in life both personally and professionally.
CCTV needs the support...
May 6, 2014 - 12:00am
CCTV is looking for teens to participate in our annual Summer Media Institute, or SMI. The SMI is a 6 week media production and work experience program for Cambridge teens. Participants learn storytelling and media skills while working as media artists to produce videos about themselves and their community. Interested teens between 14 and 18 should apply to the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program and request "CCTV" as their work site. Applications are available here and must be submitted by this Friday, May 9.
April 4, 2014 - 11:24am
Do you want to change the way people think about an issue? Do you want to educate the Cambridge audience about your organization's work? Each year, CCTV's Public Service Announcement (PSA) Day gives local non-profit organizations a chance to create informative PSAs that communicate the services they provide to the community.
PSAs are shown on CCTV's three cable channels, and have the potential of reaching more than 33,000 households! In addition, PSAs can be submitted to other television stations, uploaded to your organization's website, or used for any other public relations projects.
Register for PSA Day!
This year, PSA Day will take place on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 from 10 am to 5 pm. To sign up, all you need to do is contact CCTV to schedule a 30-minute taping appointment, prepare a 30-second presentation, and show up for the recording appointment. Please email Susan Fleischmann or call 617-401-4004 to schedule your slot.
The registration fee is $75 for non-CCTV members. A discounted rate of $50 is available to organizations that are CCTV members. Read about the benefits of Organizational Membership here. To become an organizational member, please complete...
December 23, 2013 - 10:21am
Dear Family and Friends,
My name is Mohammad Sayed. Some of my homework over the Thanksgiving break was to thank and be thankful to kind people like all of you, and to share our stories. My story is about Cambridge Community Television, a place that made my dream of becoming a filmmaker come true.
In 2009, I moved to Cambridge from Afghanistan. About two years ago I could not believe what I read on the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment application. There was a quick description and explanation of CCTV. I rushed to my mom in the kitchen and showed her the description. I said, "Really, this is a place where I can use professional cameras and get training from adult experts." She was very happy to see me this excited.
CCTV is better then Hollywood. Everything at CCTV is free and you have all the equipments that you need to become a professional filmmaker. I am in the Youth Media Program and have made many films. I learned how to use all of the field cameras and studio equipment and software like Final Cut X, and Motion. I learned the importance of telling a story to other people, and how to visually communicate the problems of our community. Most importantly, at CCTV we are like...