SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 26, CreaTV San Jose celebrates the power of local media by honoring its unique community storytellers at the re-imagined Creatives. This year’s celebration means more than just highlighting the often-hidden talent of San Jose, it’s a reflection of the collective desire to change perspectives and re-frame narratives. Content produced by nonprofits, youth and adults were submitted for judging with many sharing authentic perspectives not seen in mainstream sources. Film subjects include the North Bay fires, immigrants’ rights, women in technology and high school dreamers, to name a few.
“More than ever, CreaTV is trying to help San Jose understand itself through community media, and selections this year represent a yearning to be heard and understood,” said Chad Johnston, CreaTV’s CEO. In its seventh year, CreaTV’s community content creators and partners are as diverse as this year’s finalists who, most often, create media for pleasure or passion and not financial gain or fame. “We have a ton of amazing talent in this community,” said Breanna Gilbert, Board Vice Chair, “and we can’t wait to help amplify and celebrate these stories.”
The evening also elevates a champion of community media with the Leigh Weimers’ Award. This year’s recipient is Steve Wymer, a trusted advisor and staunch supporter of the organization’s work. Mr. Wymer has been immersed in civic and technology leadership roles for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as the Vice President for Policy and Communications at Nextdoor. “Steve is an example of a community technology leader in the Valley who tries to serve as a role model in philanthropy, leveraging resources for worthy causes in San Jose,” Michael Elliott, past board chair.
Once a black tie affair, the awards continue to take on a more local feel with an increasingly interactive and immersive slant. The organization is inviting the public to engage in media making activities paired with locally-sourced food and drink in an informal and hip setting at Forager. With a mix of activity stations, attendees will be able to express themselves using media and technology to go live on TV and “light paint” their future vision of the media. And just like their channels where anyone can be on TV, participants will serve as emcees through a live media editing experiment. “This will not be your typical chicken banquet,” added Chad, “we want everyone there to see what CreaTV can do, and how they can be a part of it.”
Tickets are on sale: http://bit.ly/2tFC0dF
Finalists and video entries: http://bit.ly/2Gepxzw
About CreaTV San Jose: CreaTV San Jose is the nonprofit community media center that manages the public and education TV and Internet channels for the City of San Jose. We fulfill our mission to inspire, educate and connect San Jose communities, using media to foster civic engagement, by providing the training, tools and platforms that allow diverse and underserved communities to tell their stories through media and technology.
Since 2008, CreaTV has facilitated the production of, and aired more than, 30,000 community videos in eight languages, helped hundreds of non-profits tell their stories and build capacity, and served more than 20,000 youth through classroom and out of school time programs. As the media landscape continues to evolve and digital communication tools become more accessible, CreaTV serves as a unique resource to help our community use these tools effectively.