CCTV "Mops the Floor" at Video Festival

  • Posted on: 1 November 2004
  • By: owner

The winners of the Northeast Regional Video Festival have been announced and the producers here at CCTV won 11 awards! The festival honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO), cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Members of CCTV have placed in the top scores in the region year after year.

Congratulations to:

Dawn Morrissey, First in Local Events category - "El Pelon Chili Contest"
Lauren Kroiz, First in Political Awareness category - "Smackdown Your Vote"
Lauren Kroiz, Second in Community Impact category - "Smackdown Your Vote"
Mary Lou Bigelow, Second in Diversity Empowerment category - "Mary Lou Bigelow Show"
CCTV, First in News and Event category - "Mass Matrimony"
CCTV, Second in Diversity Empowerment category - "Mass Matrimony"
CCTV, First in Community Impact category - "Crashing the Party"
CCTV, Third in News and Event category - "Crashing the Party"

CCTV and SCAT Co-Host Regional ACM Conference!

  • Posted on: 26 October 2004
  • By: owner

CCTV and Somerville Community Access Television (SCAT) will co-host the Northeast Region of the Alliance for Community Media Conference November 5th and 6th. In addition to scintillating and thought-provoking workshops, there will be presentations about independent media, a vendors show, and the Seventh Annual Northeast Region Video Festival at the Brattle Theater. Please take special note of the two free events:

Friday, November 5 at 7:30 PM at the Somerville Theater

Ground Breaking Member Interview

  • Posted on: 25 October 2004
  • By: owner

Members Marissa Acosta and Tom Cunningham were interviewed via email in June about their recent and in-progress television productions. In this interview Tom admits that "the manipulation of other people is not my goal" and Marissa explains that she was influenced greatly by "the spare change guy". We present this entire interview for the reading pleasure of our other members. Click to read more!

Interview conducted via email June 16th and 17th
with CCTV producers Marissa Acosta and Tom Cunningham


Let's start with an easy one, Tom. What's your favorite color right now?

TC: The unseen spectrum.

On a related note, Marissa, is purple a fruit, or should it be?

MA: Is this a trick question?

Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! at CCTV

  • Posted on: 18 July 2004
  • By: owner

Democracy Now! a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 240 stations in North America will be produced live from the studios of Cambridge Community Television during the Democratic National Convention. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, National Public Radio and community stations, public access cable television stations, satellite television, shortwave radio and the internet. The program is hosted by award-winning journalist Amy Goodman. Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio's New York Station, WBAI. She produced WBAI‚s Evening News for 10 years, and was honored by the Boston Women's Fund this past spring. Goodman is also the co-author, with her brother David, of The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (Hyperion, 2004).

The satellite broadcast of Democracy Now! will be funded, in part, by the City of Cambridge in its efforts to promote Cambridge as the "Unconventional City." From July 26 through July 30, the special two-hour DNC Democracy Now! series will begin at 7 AM, and will be repeated at 9 PM on CCTV‚s Channel 9. The 7 AM slot will be followed by two hours of "Unconventional" programming produced by CCTV, youth from its Summer Media Institute, the Boston Independent Media Center, and students from the Umass Boston "Tactical Media" summer course.

CCTV Named Number One in the Country!

  • Posted on: 18 June 2004
  • By: owner

The national Alliance for Community Media has named Cambridge Community Television number one in the country for the third year in a row (and the fifth time in its history). The "Overall Excellence in Public Access" award will be presented at the Hometown Video Festival awards ceremony in Tampa on July 8.

"CCTV has once again successfully competed against access centers two and three times our size," said Susan Fleischmann, Executive Director of CCTV. "Our success is a result of the rich, dynamic community that we are so privileged to serve. As the mainstream media becomes less and less responsive to local concerns, CCTV and public access centers around the country are a precious resource."

Alfred Fantini, CCTV's President, said " Hard work, consistency, dedication to quality, and love of what you do has served CCTV well. We appreciate the national recognition."

Eli Kao, CCTV's Programming Coordinator, won first place in the Music Video Non-Professional category for his program Sonámbulo and CCTV's web site, designed by Production Coordinator Sean Effel, also placed first.

The Hometown Video Festival, the oldest and largest festival for programming on access and local origination channels of cable TV systems drew almost 1500 entries in 45 categories. CCTV competed in the category for access centers with annual budgets over $500,000. The Overall Excellence Award is given to the center that demonstrates creativity, innovation, and diversity in its programming. CCTV was also the recipient of this award in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2003.

Unveiling Cambridge Uncovered Nude Calendar with Robert Reich

  • Posted on: 8 June 2004
  • By: owner

Cambridge Community Television today announced the availability of Cambridge Uncovered - the Calendar, a sixteen-month wall calendar of Cambridge notables, nude. Photographed by award-winning Cambridge photographer Mark Ostow, the images are luscious and provocative.

Cambridge Uncovered - the Calendar will be formally unveiled on Sunday, June 13 from
7 - 9 PM at Ostow's studio at 686 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. Former gubernatorial candidate Robert Reich, Mr. June, will be available to share his experience in front of the camera.

In addition to Reich, the calendar features writers Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan, dancer Rozann Kraus, and the staff of the 1369 Coffee House.

Cambridge Community Television is the nationally recognized public access center serving Cambridge, MA. CCTV provides training in video production and computer technology, and operates three community cable channels, an art gallery, a computer lab, and a video production studio. Proceeds from the calendar are earmarked to support CCTV's special outreach projects to seniors, youth, and new immigrants.

Instructors Wanted

  • Posted on: 28 May 2004
  • By: owner

CCTV has immediate openings for part-time instructors to teach the following subjects: Post-Production: Beginning IMovie, Final Cut Pro (Beginning and Intermediate, Titling), Compression Basics, Streaming Basics, DVD Authoring, Audio Editing. Field Production: Scriptwriting, Guerilla Video Techniques, In-Camera Editing. Studio Production: Chroma/Luma Keying in the Studio

New Spring Activewear by CCTV

  • Posted on: 11 March 2004
  • By: owner

Cambridge Community Television unwrapped its new line of spring fashion-function garments this week with a new t-shirt design accompanied by canvas shopping bags and shouldered courier bags, all with fresh new artwork. The "Voice & Visionwear" line can be purchased at CCTV during operating hours, t-shirts for $12, courier bags for $25, and the shopping bags are yet to be prices. Here is a sample of the new artwork...

2004 Hometown Video Festival!

  • Posted on: 14 January 2004
  • By: owner

The 2004 Hometown Video Festival is coming again! The Hometown Video Festival honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO), cable television channels. Sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, this national festival recognizes creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Members of CCTV are encouraged to submit entries to this contest since many of our members have placed in the top ranks in the nation year after year and this is also the festival in which CCTV has won the Overall Best Public Access award for the last two years. As an added incentive, CCTV will pay 1/2 of the entry fee if members submit a tape to us to be sent with the rest of our organizational entries. The fee is reduced from $40 to $20, and must be submitted before February 7, 2004, with completed entry forms. After this date you must submit your tape separately from CCTV‚s entries at the full amount of $70. Read on for more information about submitting programs to this great festival!

All program entries must have been cablecast between January 1 and December 31, 2003. Program entries cannot exceed 30 minutes, if the program is longer than 30 minutes then you must assemble the first and last ten minutes as well as a ten minute sample from the middle. Series programs must select a single episode for entry, compilation tapes are not excepted. Entry tapes are only accepted on 1/2 inch VHS or SHVS in standard play (SP) mode. No MiniDV tapes!

ComputerCENTRAL is a "Success Story"

  • Posted on: 23 December 2003
  • By: owner

ComputerCENTRAL at Cambridge Community Television is a winner of the Fall 2003 CTC Success Story Contest! "The Ghosts Behind the Story" written by Maurice Anderson, was one of three winners (out of twelve fantastic entries) selected by a panel comprised of CTCNet staff & Board members. The purpose of the semi-annual CTC Success Story Contest is to demonstrate the impact that CTCs (Community Technology Centers) are making on communities and individuals across America by sharing real-life success stories with the world. The selected Success Stories are posted at Click More to read Maurice's story. Congratulations and keep up your amazing work!

The Ghosts Behind the Story

It was October 2000. Two promises I had made to myself when I retired from federal government work the year before was to publish a book of my poetry and to visit Sicily again. Learning to use a computer was a must as regards writing the book (my old Brother word processor just wasn't up to the task). So I embarked on entering that world. I took classes at the Cambridge Senior Center, and practiced on library computers until I happened upon Cambridge Community Television's computerCENTRAL lab for seniors on Monday mornings, and David Zermeno, its manager. I wrote the book and published it. (Yes, and I went to Sicily.)