Friday, December 16, 2016

Glitz, Glamour and A TV Award Nomination?

Well you could have knocked me down with a feather yesterday afternoon. I had a very surprising telephone call fromCommunity Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). For those of you who don't 'Blindside Fresno.' A.K.A. my television program.
Nathan Romo and Darcie Elliott (right) sit and chat before recording Blindside Fresno starts. The backdrop is a white curtain lighted with blue light, there is a desk and a vase of flowers in the foreground.
Lights, Camera, Action. Set of 'Blindside Fresno'
know they are the local public media center which broadcasts

They called me to ask a quick question.

"Have you submitted 'Blindside Fresno' for the W.A.V.E. Awards?"

The W.A.V.E. Awards are a television award for individual productions across a wide range of categories but which are produced for public access television groups across the Western United States. CMAC is one of the organizations which is able to submit programs from their catalogue to award groups such as WAVE.

My reply was simple, no I hadn't because I thought that the WAVE awards were for documentaries or short films. 'Blindside Fresno' didn't seem to fit those categories. Imagine my surprise when I was told that there is a category for programs which raise awareness about disabled issues and CMAC felt it would be a good idea to enter an edition of 'Blindside Fresno'.

So there it was. I got a nomination for a pretty prestigious award. I had a couple of programs to choose from since there are elligibility dates and I chose An Interview with Nathan Romo" The second of our 'Blindside Fresno' programs.

The awards are pretty special. They take programs from six States of the Western United States. The category  my program will be in is for Producers who are not professionally trained and it is also in the disabillity awareness category. I wonder are there many blind or visually impaired community TV producers out there?

The awards will even be held here in Fresno, California next year. They will be downtown between March 8 - 10, 2017. So I will probably look at going to the seminars and such to see what is going on in the public access television community and to learn a few more things.

So there it is. As we approach Chtristmas. I am already dreaming of the glitz and glamour of the awards season. Not an Oscar, or an EMI or a Tony. But a nomination for a WAVE.  WOW!

 

A link to the Nominated Program