For the eighth consecutive year, the volunteer Community Production Team and staff at Traverse Area Community Media filmed all of the Traverse City Film Festival Filmmaker Panels. However—unlike any year before—this year we were able to broadcast all of the panels live. This was made possible through the use of new equipment that allows us to stream wirelessly over WIFI. What used to take us a week of planning and half of a day to set up now takes us a half hour of planning and a little over one hour to set up. Almost all of these time savings are due to WIFI replacing long and tedious cable runs. Though newer technology makes video production faster, the types of productions that we do only work if you have a committed team to work with. Year after year, the Community Production Team holds these productions together. Volunteers truly put the 'community' in Community Media.
Volunteer Production Team for the 2019 TCFF Filmmaker Panels:
Michael Toms - Director
Robert DeGabriele - Camera Operator
Judy Kuntz - Camera Operator
Joe Rice - Camera Operator
On July 29, 2019, LIAA staff helped facilitate a training workshop along the Torch River with Michigan Sea Grant, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Paddle Antrim as part of the newly created MI Paddle Stewards Program.
The training workshop – one of twelve such workshops around the state under the program – teaches local paddlers how to detect and report invasive species while paddling. Paddlers also learn how to properly clean their paddle craft to avoid spreading invasive species in other parts of Michigan. Staff from Traverse Area Community Media were also on hand to video the workshop and on-site demonstration. Once complete, the videos will be posted on the Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy and LIAA’s Michigan Water Trails websites.
This planning effort was secured by a grant written by LIAA, in partnership with Michigan Sea Grant, from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.