Existing Groups

Launch Information Service & Amateur
TV System

245 Country Club Dr.

Melbourne, FL 32940-7626

Contact: Ernest Baldini

Phone: 407-757-3094

Meetings: 7:30 p.m., 1st Tues.

Video Camera Club

1339 Willoway Ave. S.E.

North Canton, OH 44720

Contact: Joe Spatafore

Phone: 330-494-9511

Meetings: Monthly, Canton, OH

Suburban Philadelphia Video Club

554 San Diego Ave.

Hollywood, PA 19046-4125

Contact: Jim Rutledge, Coordinator

Phone: 215-379-0222

Meetings: Monthly, Elkins Park Library

Seeking Group or Will Organize

Douglas Laidlaw

868 Norman Place

Los Angeles, CA 90049

R.M. Huckeby

13631 65th Street

Largo, FL 33771-4968

Andi Reti

1385 W. Solar Heights

Prescott, AZ 86303-6316

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 Listings

Expand your user group’s horizons by posting your information on the
Videomaker Web site. Send your request to "User Groups"
at the above address or visit http://www.videomaker.com/usergroups/.

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 or e-mail customerservice@videomaker.com.

Web Watch

Alliance for Community Media


This national organization for public access centers
has built a comprehensive Web site, incorporating dozens of helpful pages.
Some examples include How to Produce a TV Program, Getting Community Media,
Laws Affecting Access, and links to the U.S. Congress and FCC.

Entry Deadlines

The Society of Amateur Videomakers and Cinematographers honors amateur video
makers everywhere who create non-commercial video and motion pictures. The
International Amateur Motion Picture Festival accepts all entries that are
non-commercial and that have not been subsidized by any private, public
or charitable organization. Entries may be submitted in VHS, S-VHS, 8 mm
or Hi8 formats. Entries for the festival will be accepted for June 1 to
August 15, 1998. For a contest entry form e-mail: savac@iname.com.

The Short Attention Span Film and Video Festival is accepting entries that
are non-commercial and run 2 minutes or less including credits. Entries
can originate on any format but must be submitted on VHS tape only . There
is a fee of $5 per entry and the deadline for entries is August, 1998. Send
entries to:

Short Attention Span Film and Video Festival
P.O. 460316,
San Francisco, Ca. 94146


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Quick Focus

The Other 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.
Outside the U.S., however, a group of Dutch, British, New Zealanders and
Canadians is putting consumer camcorders to more productive use.

Small World Media is a non-profit organization that provides media support
to groups working on environment and social justice issues. "If we
can’t get films onto TV we don’t give up," is the bold proclamation
on the group’s Web site (http://antenna.nl/~smallwor/index.html).
Instead, Small World helps activists to make and distribute their own video
footage. They believe that everyone not only has the right to communicate
but, with training and access to resources, the ability to do so.

The non-profit organization teams camcorder owners who are looking for subjects
with local groups that need video support. Then they teach them how to get
their footage aired on local and national television. Small World also distributes
"Undercurrents" and "Stoom!" video newsletters that
contain action reports and other features that are mostly researched, shot
and edited by activists.

The Videomaker Editors are dedicated to bringing you the information you need to produce and share better video.