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AccessVision Wins Regional Awards

Each year, the Alliance For Community Media Central States Region salutes the best community programming with a regional contest, the Philo Festival Of Media Arts Video Competition. AccessVision has once again been honored with two "Philo" awards for its programming.

AccessVision volunteer producer Mike Salerno was a Winner in the Documentary (Non-Professional) category for his film, "Eddie In Decatur", which details the life of Edgar Bergen while growing up in his hometown of Decatur, Michigan. Over the course of three years, Salerno shot in several locations around Michigan, Chicago, North Carolina  and as far away as Hollywood, CA. He then spent a year editing his film, which, following its run on AccessVision, can currently be seen on YouTube.

AccessVision facility and staff also won an award for overall Excellence in Public, Educational and Government Access Programming for a compilation of the best programs shown on its channels from July 2012 through June 2013. These programs included BeScene On Air, coverage of the Holiday Parade, High School Sports, City Commission Meetings and others.

“It’s exciting for AccessVision and the Greater Battle Creek Area to receive these awards on behalf of the hundreds of volunteer producers" according to AccessVision's Executive Director Dale Geminder.  "This speaks highly of the content of these programs and the quality of work by these volunteers and the AccessVision staff.”

Awards were presented at an awards ceremony at Public Media Network in Kalamazoo on October 5th. With 26 categories including community event, original short film, public service announcement, government coverage and many more, this year's event had 217 entries covering a variety of programming.

The Philos are a recognition of excellence in non-commercial cable access programming from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The awards are named after Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the first receiving tube for television transmissions.

The mission of AccessVision is to empower people to strengthen a sense of community, facilitate civic dialogue, and celebrate local culture by communicating through electronic media. For the past 24 years, AccessVision has provided citizens of the Battle Creek area with production equipment, training and support services for the creation of locally produced, non-commercial television programs. In that time, the facility and its volunteer producers have won over 130 national and regional awards for their TV programs, which are cablecast on Comcast access channels 16 and 17 and digital cable channels 916 and 917; and now also on ATT&T U-verse channel 99.