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BCTV Producer Awards 2017

September 11, 2017

Watch the awards night here:

BCTV Producer Award Winners 2017

  • Community Partner of the Year:  Mitchell * Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell * Giddings Fine Arts holds a signature monthly "Artist Talk", which is a dialogue with a featured artist discussing their process. Mitchell Giddings enlisted videographer Andy Reichsman to produce a series of shows documenting the artist's talks, titled "MGFA Presents," aired on BCTV and shared on the gallery's website. Producer Reichsman says: "The artists are some of the most articulate and interesting people around. The opportunity to document and share their artistic insights was irresistible."  Petria Mitchell, the gallery owner, says "We have had many positive comments from folks, both artist and public. It's great to have an outlet to share creativity and the artists' insights to a broader audience outside our gallery. Videos:

  • Municipal Partner of the Year: WSESU Act 46 Study Committee

Five members of the study committee came to BCTV to create a short video "Act 46 FAQs for WSESU," explaining their recommendations for a merger proposal. Committee member Jill Stahl-Tyler noticed that people's concerns were typically best addressed when they could talk one-on-one with their neighbors or friends.  "Knowing it was impossible to talk with everyone individually, we felt creating a video that answered the questions we heard the most would probably be the best way to effectively reach a larger number of people," explained Stahl-Tyler.

  • Nonprofit Member of the Year: Guilford Community Church

Pastor Lise Sparrow, who had wanted to record the services at Guilford Community Church for years, finally found the right producer-Gerry del Monico, who records the weekly service for BCTV and online. Choir director Peter Amidon uploads choir anthems to YouTube to share the musical offering.  Amidon says, "Making our Sunday morning church services available on BCTV and online is a meaningful gift for those in our church community who are housebound and/or ill.  It is also a great way for people to find out about our church and our church services."

  • Volunteer of the Year: Interns Ben Somin and Jane Fenstermaker

In July 2016, two students who wanted internships contacted BCTV separately: Ben Somin, from Landmark College, who had DSLR camera skills, and Jane Fenstermaker of BUHS, who knew how to edit. Their timing was perfect. BCTV was seeking ways to partner with WKVT's Green Mountain Mornings to showcase local journalists talking about the news of the day. But, we didn't have the staff. For the first six weeks of the show, Ben recorded Chris Lenois talking with journalists from the Reformer and The Commons, and the same day Jane would edit and add B-roll from BCTV videos for upload that night. They both took on more responsibility than your average intern and worked hard to make the show a reality for the station.

  • New Producer of the Year: Chard deNiord

Poet Laureate of Vermont Chard deNiord came to BCTV with an idea, and soon learned how to use BCTV's equipment to make it a reality for two different shows. Acting as both host and director, deNiord created "Poets Speak," a monthly interview show with area poets and writers talking about their work, their inspiration and how Vermont plays a role in their creativity. Next he created "You Come Too," a series of short videos in which he reads a new poem by a Vermont poet each week with visuals provided by local artists Brian Cohen and Eric Aho. deNiord found the staff at BCTV made the technical aspect manageable: "When I became Poet Laureate of Vermont in 2015, I began thinking about practical ways of bringing what the poet Ezra Pound called "the news that stays news" to as many people of Vermont as possible. I finally entered the studio after overcoming my trepidation of managing my own show and have now completed five interviews with poets Verandah Porche, Jeff Friedman, Dede Cummings, Bianca Stone, and Tim Mayo."
'Poets Speak' Videos:
'You Come Too' Videos:

  • Producer of the Year: Gerry Del Monico

Gerry Del Monico became active with BCTV two years ago and instantly rose to become one of its most prolific producers. He mastered the technique of using a tablet to create and edit short pieces, adding music and narration and submitting it as a finished program. His regular series include, "Day Kitchen Demos," shot at the Brattleboro Food Coop, and "It Happens in Brattleboro," where he takes to the streets of Brattleboro in search of vibrant, sometimes quirky, and always entertaining stories from around town. Gerry is also the producer of the weekly Guilford Community Church service. He finds satisfaction in being a community media producer and the ability to help others. Gerry says: "A couple of weeks ago I was filming the church service, and someone came up and told me there's a 100-year-old woman who lives in a nursing home who wants to get to the service, but she can't. So she asked a nurse to DVR the service on channel 8 and she watches it. If I can make life better for someone like that, it's worth it to me. So that's why I share it - others enjoy it!"
'Day Kitchen Demos' videos:
'It Happens in Brattleboro' videos:

  • Series of the Year: The World Fusion Show

Derrik Jordan is a local recording artist, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and teacher who created "The World Fusion Show" at BCTV, featuring interviews and performances with a different performer for each episode. Jordan and his technical team, including Wyatt Andrews and Alan Stockwell, employed sophisticated audio capture techniques and created a different set for each show, depending on the guests' instruments. Jordan's inspiration, he says, is his network of talented friends who share his interest. "I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would host a TV show, but I realized a couple of years ago that I knew a lot of people who did World Fusion Music and I had a long standing passionate interest in the subject. This show contributes to  that culture and brings together this wonderful group of people to a wider audience to enjoy." The show has its own Facebook page and YouTube channel.