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Congratulations Philo Winners!

Each year, the Alliance For Community Media Central States Region salutes the best community programming with a video contest, the Philo Festival Of Media Arts Video Competition. AccessVision has once again been honored with seven "Philo" awards for videos created by its volunteers and staff.

Josh Holderbaum was a Winner in the Arts & Cultural Awareness (non-professional) category for “Culture At The Creek - Kingman Museum Collection”.

Tom Morris was a Winner in the Children’s Programming (professional) category for “Westlake News 12-8-17”.

Dacia Bridges was a Winner in the Children’s Programming (non-professional) category for "The Wishing Stone".

Jeff Smith was a Finalist in the Instructional (professional) category for “Coin Show #48 State Quarter Doubled Dies”.

Mike Campbell & Carl English were Winners in the Military (non-professional) category for “Mosaic Military”.

Cameo Artists Productions were Winners in the Underserved Voices (non-professional) category for the “Face To Face With Dave Eddy” episode “Pearl Harbor Anniversary”.

Additionally, the Philos salute the best of the best entries with the Excellence Awards. Josh Holderbaum was an Excellence Awards Winner of Best Series Program for “Culture At The Creek - Kingman Museum Collection”. This video was also nominated for Best Directing and the George Stoney Community Activism Award.

Other AccessVision programs nominated for an Excellence Award were both in Best Series, with Yohei Okuma for "Japanese Culture Show” and Jeff Smith for “The Coin Show”.

Philo Winners, Finalists and nominees were recognized at an awards ceremony held in Alliance, OH on October 27th.

“It’s exciting for AccessVision and the Greater Battle Creek Area to receive these awards on behalf of the hundreds of volunteer producers and individuals who use AccessVision” according to AccessVision's Executive Director Dale Geminder. "This speaks highly of the quality of work done by volunteers and the AccessVision staff.”

Philo Awards won by AccessVision producers this year also recognize the power of community media to benefit local schools and non-profit organizations. Westlake Elementary’s weekly newscast that won the Children’s Programming (professional) award was the culmination of AccessVision Playback/Facility Coordinator Tom Morris working with teachers and students for the past two years. Morris is currently helping the school district to develop a 5th & 6th grade news program.

Also, Josh Holderbaum’s best-of-show-winning Kingman Museum Collection episode of “Culture At the Creek” allowed him to combine his passion as a long-time volunteer videographer with his day job of being the Operations Manager at Kingman Museum.

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists! You can view the award-winning videos by clicking on the links above.

With over 250 entries in multiple categories, the Philos are a recognition of excellence in non-commercial cable access programming. The awards are named after Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the first receiving tube for television transmissions.