public access revolution?

From: Dan Anderson (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Nov 11 2007 - 16:06:19 PST

I work at a small-town public access station, and was told that they
are obligated to show anything that they receive at least one time.
(Unless there's anything majorly "obscene" about it, etc.) There is NO
TIME LIMIT for submissions, and in the case of a series, they'll
continually air episodes as they receive them.

Anyway, I think it would be amazing if a few of you longer-format or
series artists were to submit something. Festivals are big sticklers
for time restraints, and I know there's a lot of good stuff that has a
hard time getting shown due to length.

Public access doesn't get a lot of respect these days, but I think
it's a very interesting medium that we'll all tell the youngsters
about once television as we know it becomes obsolete in a few years.
And a guaranteed screening of any kind is a plus in my book!

The bigwigs at my station are a little on the wet-blankety side, so DO
them believe that a new wave of radicals has suddenly caught wind of
public access, and is taking it by storm.

Send to:

Itasca Community Television
Attn. Program Coordinator
724 Conifer Drive
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

To ensure that they show it, include a signed note that states that
the station has permission to screen it, and that no copywrites are
violated in the work. They prefer DVD's without menus or VHS tapes,
and will not return them. Also, maybe a little white lie about having
ties to Northern Minnesota would help, as they like things to be at
least vaguely "community-based."

If anyone has any thoughts on community television, this could be the
makings of an interesting thread (hint hint)

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