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User Groups

Existing Groups

Video Ink

2821 So. 2300 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84109-1852

Contact: Tom Perry

Phone: 801-273-1703

E-mail: VideoInkDV@aol.com

Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., 2821 So. 2300 East


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Thousand Oaks Videomakers

30 Kanan Rd.

Oak Park, CA 91301-1105

Contact: Roger Garretson

Phone: 818-706-8136

E-mail: rgarretson1@juno.com

Meetings: 2nd Mon., 7:30 p.m., 4373 Park Terrace Dr., Westlake Village

New York Film/Video Council

P.O. Box 1685

New York, NY 10185

Contact: Ingrid Scheib-Rothboart

Phone: 212-330-0450

Web site: http://www.nyfvc.org

Meetings: Monthly, time and location varies

Seeking Group or Will Organize

Charles Caravetta

1551 N.E. 9th St.

Homestead, FL 33033

Charmaine Gunnell

9320 Vista West Drive

West Jordan, UT 84088

Mario Mauricio

3234 Ashlock

Houston, TX 77082-2212

Videomaker’s User Group Resources

Free Listings

Let new members know about your group.
For inclusion in our user group listing, submit your request to "User
Groups," c/o Videomaker, P.O. Box 4591, Chico, CA 95927; fax
530-891-8443; e-mail editor@videomaker.com. For a list of existing user
groups and/or video enthusiasts seeking or willing to organize a group in
your area, send an SASE to our mailing address.

Web Home Pages

Expand your user group’s horizons by posting your home page on the Videomaker
Web site. If you don’t have a Web page, we’ll create one for you. For more
information, send e-mail to dtaylor@videomaker.com

Online Forum

Visit the Videomaker Online Forums at http://www.videomaker.com/forument.htm
to network with other user group members and organizers.

User Group Startup Kit

‘s user group startup kit contains everything you need to
start and run a successful user group: how to find members, publicize meetings
and conduct screenings; sample newsletter, newspaper ad and meeting agenda;
discounts off Videomaker merchandise and more. For more information,
call 530-891-8410, ext. 242.

Web Watch

National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture: http://www.namac.org

Here’s a place where video producers
can find out about the production and other services offered by the nation’s
nonprofit media arts centers and related groups. The online support center
for independent media (video, film, audio and multimedia) hosts a directory
of media-related organizations, resources links, job announcements and news.

Entry Deadlines

The fifth annual Chicago Underground Film Festival is seeking the best "cutting-edge,
subversive, controversial and defiantly independent" videos of all
kinds: features, shorts, animation, documentary, experimental. Cash prizes
will be awarded to the best entry in each category. Early deadline is May
15; late deadline is June 1. For more information, visit www.cuff.org, send
e-mail to info@cuff.org or write to Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2501
N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 278, Chicago IL 60614.

Prestigious directors and actors will judge the fourteenth annual Visions
of U.S. home video contest. Entries are received in five categories: fiction,
nonfiction, comedy, experimental/music video and young people. Winners will
receive Sony video equipment and the grand and first prize winners of each
category will be flown to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony. Entries must
be received by June 15. For more information, call 213-856-7869, send e-mail
to visions@afionline.org, or write to The American Film Institute, P.O.
Box 200, Hollywood, CA 90078.

Quick Focus

The News You Don’t See on the News

A channel-surfing alien in middle America
might assume that we only use our camcorders to supply videotapes to blooper
and reality-TV producers. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, a
group of Brits is putting consumer camcorders to more productive use.

They call themselves undercurrents, and they’ve been providing media
support to environmental and social justice groups for the past five years,
helping them to create, control and distribute their own video footage.
The non-profit organization aims to put Hi8 camcorders in the hands of community
activists, show them how to use inexpensive video equipment, and teach them
how to sell their footage to local and national television.

The group’s main project, undercurrents Videozine, is an alternative
news service published twice a year on video cassette. (See some back issues
at http://www.undercurrents.org.) The tapes are distributed by mail-order
to about 40,000 people. undercurrents also maintains a footage archive
which it sells to over 100 mainstream television stations around the world.
Now that’s a creative use of a camcorder.

Don’t Get Run Over by the Millennium Bus

This Fall, a crew from New York’s Downtown Community Television Center
(DCTV) will begin a year-long tour of the nation in a specially equipped
Millennium Mobile[TM]. The truck will be outfitted with cameras, editing
and broadcasting equipment as well as an external video wall. The crew plans
to record Americana along the way and edit it on the road for exhibition
in pre-selected locations. At each stop, local videographers will have an
opportunity to showcase their work on the Millennium Mobile by submitting
tapes to a Millennium Moments contest. Rekha Menon, project coordinator
for DCTV, says they are working on arrangements with U.S. broadcasters to
feature portions of the videomaking odyssey on national newscasts.

Although the Millennium Mobile and Millennium Moments contest are still
in the concept phase, according to Menon, "We’re discussing sponsorships
with several companies, including HBO, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji TV in Japan
and some European broadcasters." She says that prospective sponsors
would like to use the journey to feature HDTV equipment, "as a testing
ground for the new technology." DCTV plans to continue the millennial
tour around the world in 2000.

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