Shirin Mozaffari

Cambridge MA
I am a documentary filmmaker and an educator, graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA.
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February 19, 2015 - 3:36pm An annual MIT tradition since 2003 and an occasional tradition before that, each team of prominent scholars presents an argument in favor of their respective food. Following the debate, votes are cast, ballots are counted, and the champion is crowned. Don't miss this exciting debate between the fruit-filled cookie known as the hamentaschen and the fried potato pancake otherwise known as the latke! Free latkes and hamentaschen are served following the debate. Tune into channel 8 on Tuesday March 3rd at 7pm and Saturday, March 7th to watch the full program. read more
February 13, 2015 - 5:05pm Happy Valentine's Day from CCTV! Watch Cambridge residents give shout outs to their loved ones. Video shot by Matthew Begbie, Ian Cameron, Marinah Janello, and Sasha Van Baar, edited by Shirin Mozaffari. read more
February 12, 2015 - 11:59am By the late 19th century, North American forests and wildlife were in dire straits. For nearly 400 years, arriving Europeans had removed trees and killed off wild birds and animals to the point that a few enlightened leaders sounded the alarm, and the conservation movement was born. Three slow but remarkable transformations followed. Forests reclaimed huge swaths of abandoned cropland. Many threatened wildlife populations, restocked in refuges and protected, slowly grew back to health. Then, people moved out of cities after World War II, creating a mosaic of suburban, exurban and rural sprawl where family farms once thrived. Now, this new habitat is filled with people who want to “leave nature alone,” and many wildlife populations are proliferating out of balance. We have mounting community conflicts over what to do, or not to do, about deer, beavers, Canada Geese, and other species. As the dominant player in our ecosystems, it is time for us to overcome our reluctance and embrace our stewardship role. Jim Sterba is an internationally recognized author and correspondent who has reported for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal for more than four decades. His book,... read more
February 5, 2015 - 11:49am Discover your new favorite graphic novelist in this collection of vivid, funny and revealing stories presented at Cambridge Public Library. An experience somewhere between sitting down to read a graphic novel and watching an animation, ‘Subcultures: A Local Comic Anthology’ is all about great storytelling. Local cartoonists read aloud from their work, while their comics are paired with their words on the screen. View a clip from Dan Mazur’s reading of his graphic narrative. To view the full program tune to channel 9 in on Feb 14th at 8pm and channel 8 on Feb 18th at 2:30pm. read more
January 8, 2015 - 1:29pm In episode six of Cambridge Uncovered, NeighborMedia journalist Lori Jobe explores Central Square and its special designation as a cultural district. What is a cultural district? What elements make Central Square a Cultural District? And what is being done to promote Central Square as such? Jobe sits down with Jason Weeks of the Cambridge Arts Council, City Councilor Nadeem Mazen and Central Square Advisory Committee member Robert Winters, to discuss this topic and talk about the possibilities that await this unique area of Cambridge. read more
January 8, 2015 - 12:48pm Cambridge Uncovered is a production group hosted at Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) that produces monthly on-hour programing in collaboration with CCTV's NeighborMedia. The Program is designed to be an informative panel discussion touching on topics relevant to Cambridge community. Our production groups create opportunities for CCTV members to gain hands-on media making experience. We facilitate these groups so our members can get to know each other, brainstorm ideas and create collaborative bonds. Cambridge Uncovered focuses on studio productions by training new members in various aspects of studio production prior and during the shoot. The efforts of the members involved in group are supported by the production department from conception to completion. Being involved in larger scale, thematic projects, such as Cambridge Uncovered, generates enthusiasm among members who normally may have not have gotten involved in production. The members of the group go on to become confident producers with valuable skills both in production and collaborative work. We are currently looking for members who are interested in getting involved in the production of the program, including... read more
December 11, 2014 - 12:24pm Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process through which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Cambridge’s pilot PB project will for the first time, directly involve residents in the budgeting and City-building process, foster civic engagement and community spirit, and help ensure that the City’s Capital Plan reflects the priorities of Cambridge residents. Since its inception in 1989, over 1,500 city budgets around the world have undertaken Participatory Budgeting initiatives, including Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Vallejo, CA. The City is setting aside $500,000 in capital funds for the 2014-2015 PB process. These funds will be used for one-time capital projects. Residents will brainstorm ideas for projects, develop them into proposals, and projects that are vetted by City staff and approved by the City Manager will appear on a ballot in March for residents to vote on. Winning projects will be included in the FY 2016 Capital Budget for adoption. read more
December 5, 2014 - 7:52pm On December 1st, demonstrations were held around the country to protest the grand jury's decision not to prosecute police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. CRLS students walked out of school and into Harvard Square to assert that #BlackLivesMatter. In this episode, citizen journalist Beverly Mire talks with two students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School who led and participated in a student walkout in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. Visit www.cctvcambridge.org/cambridgeresponds to read more from Cambridge residents about their reactions to the events in Ferguson and State Island. read more
December 4, 2014 - 2:46am On Thursday, November 13th, CCTV's members and staff came together at the Middle East restaurant to celebrate the wonderful community that is CCTV! We went around and ask our members to talk about their favorite memory of CCTV and the shows that they have produced/are producing. Watch segments from our interviews here. Camera/interviews by Ian Cameron, Marinah Janello. Editing by Ian Cameron and Matthew Begbie. read more
November 20, 2014 - 11:32am For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has ministered to those in need in Massachusetts. Since 1897, there have been Salvation Army kettles on local streets. But never has the need for support been more important. With the current economic situation there are thousands of men and women – moms and dads – who are turning to The Salvation Army, requesting help for food, clothing, and assistance with utility bills, a turkey for Thanksgiving or toys for their kids at Christmas. Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten. read more
November 11, 2014 - 12:43pm Recorded in neighborhoods around Cambridge, CCTV crew interviews young and grownup kids about their costumes, treats and tricks. Special thanks to CCTV Crew: Matthew Begbie, Marissa Fisher, Wilgens Metelus, Wayne Robinson, Beverly Mire, and Kristina Kehrer. read more
October 30, 2014 - 11:03am Marinah Janello is an experimental video artist/filmmaker who works in both digital and analog mediums. She earned her BA in film and video production at Hampshire College and has since won the prize for Best of Hampshire College at the 2014 Five College Film Festival. In addition, she has taught filmmaking and video editing courses at The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and the 2014 Sidney Poitier Film Festival in Nassau, The Bahamas. What she can help you with: Camcorder and DSRL Shooting, Technical Assistance, Editing with Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Photoshop, Video Uploading for Web, iMovie, iDVD, Audio Capture/Microphone Set-Up, Post-Production Troubleshooting, Pacing, Script Revision, Lighting Set-up, Script Formatting. Available hours by appointment. You can contact Marinah at Mentor@cctvcambridge.org read more
September 25, 2014 - 4:12pm Cambridge Community Television held its annual BBQ fundraiser on Thursday, September 18th at 5:30 pm behind CCTV‘s facility at 438 Massachusetts Avenue. The event featured food from dozens of local restaurants, live afro-beat music from Zili Misik, a silent auction, and the presentation of the leading role award to Christopher Bavitz, Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Chris, and Cambridge residents and news commentators Jim Braude and Callie Crossley, were inducted onto CCTV's Honorary Board. Watch the full video here. Special thanks to our volunteer crew: Ian Cameron, Marissa Fisher, Joanna Martinez, Rock Louis, Melissa Yee, Todd Rapisarda, Tanya Powers, and Lindsay Berstein. read more
September 11, 2014 - 12:56pm Cambridge Community Television will hold its annual BBQ fundraiser on Thursday, September 18th at 5:30 pm behind CCTV‘s facility at 438 Massachusetts Avenue. (Entrance on Green Street between Sidney Street and Brookline Avenue. All proceeds raised will support CCTV’s Youth Media Program. The event will feature food from dozens of local restaurants, live afro-beat music from Zili Misik, a silent auction, and the presentation of the leading role award to Christopher Bavitz, Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Chris, and Cambridge residents and news commentators Jim Braude and Callie Crossley, will be inducted onto CCTV's Honorary Board. Visit cctvcambridge.org/bbq for tickets and more information. read more
August 25, 2014 - 11:29am Neighborhood Profiles - East Cambridge Local resident Mark Jaquith leads a tour through East Cambridge and highlights some of his favorite places. Neighborhood Profiles - East Cambrdige from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo. Neighborhood Profiles - West Cambridge Gavin Kleespies, Executive Director for the Cambridge Historical Society, introduces some of the misleading history surrounding West Cambridge. Neighborhood Profiles - West Cambridge from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo. Neighborhood Profiles - North Cambridge Host Ginny Berkowitz explores the public parks and art installations of her local North Cambridge. Neighborhood Profiles – North Cambridge from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo. Neighborhood Profiles - Area Four The City of Cambridge Vice Mayor Dennis Benzan highlights the cultural pride and developing hopes of his native Area Four. Neighborhood Profiles – Area Four from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo. read more
August 21, 2014 - 4:34pm In an effort to bring attention to different areas of Cambridge, Cambridge Community Television has created short video segments profiling different neighborhoods in the city. In this video, Vice Mayor, Dennis Benzan introduces Area Four. Video shot by Shirin Mozaffari, Joanna Tam, Ian Cameron and edited by Shirin Mozaffari and Matthew Begbie. Motion graphics by Menglei Han. Hosted by Dennis Benzan. read more
August 14, 2014 - 11:09am 8. Digital Media Buying Quick Guide read more
August 5, 2014 - 4:11pm Digital Media Buying Guide This is a Media Buying guide for external hard drives and SDHC cards to be used by our members who are looking to purchase media that is compatible with our systems here at CCTV. When buying external hard drives for editing, consider: Capacity Storage capacities can be as low as 100GB, and high as 3TB. If you have lots of media or graphics files, greater storage capacity is both better and more expensive. A typical 30 minute recording at CCTV can be between 10 and 30GB. Editing can often take up 3 or 4 times the space of your final product. Connectivity Many drives feature multiple ports so that you can use it on many different computer systems. Make sure that the drive you are purchasing have a Firewire, Thunderbolt, or USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. Speed Video files are huge. The transfer speed of a hard drive really matters. The faster the transfer rate then the better the performance. Conventional hard drives have spinning discs inside them and we recommend using a drive with a minimum of 7200 rpm (rotations per minute). Solid state hard drives don’t have moving parts and have a very high transfer rate, but they are more expensive and store less data.... read more
July 31, 2014 - 12:43pm In an effort to bring attention to different areas of Cambridge, Cambridge Community Television has created short video segments profiling different neighborhoods in the city. In this video, Ginny Berkowitz introduces North Cambridge. Information regarding public art and city parks was obtained from the Cambridge Arts Council and City of Cambridge websites. Video shot by Shirin Mozaffari and Ian Cameron and edited by Shirin Mozaffari. Photography by Ian Cameron. Motion graphics by Menglei Han. Hosted by Ginny Berkowitz. read more
July 24, 2014 - 2:29pm In an effort to bring attention to different areas of Cambridge, Cambridge Community Television has created short video segments profiling different neighborhoods in the city. In this video Gavin Kleespies introduces West Cambridge. Video shot by Ian Cameron and edited by Shirin Mozaffari. Motion graphics by Menglei Han. Hosted by Gavin Kleespies. read more

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