CreaTV San Jose Announces Winners for The 2012 CreaTiVe Awards Presented by Xilinx

SAN JOSE, CA – On January 5, 2013, more than 450 media makers, community leaders and VIPs walked the red carpet at the California Theatre for CreaTV San Jose’s 2012 CreaTiVe Awards, its third annual signature event honoring excellence in video production.

Winners, from throughout the Bay Area, were announced in ten categories including Citizen Journalist, Educator, Student, Non-Profit, Filmmaker, Business, CreaTV San Jose TV Series, Bay Area Community Access TV Series, CreaTiVe Excellence for Producer, Director, Cinematographer and Editor and the brand new Teen Studio.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

The Teen Studio category was created especially for teens participating in the Adobe Youth Voices program at various Bay Area sites. The winners were Chelsea Olsen and Gregg Witkin from San Jose’s Boynton High School for the two-minute stop action, hand drawn video “Art Is.”

Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation’s global philanthropic initiative with the goal to empower young people 13-18 years old, from underserved communities, with the critical thinking and technology skills they need to unlock their creativity and become active and engaged citizens.

At the 2012 CreaTiVe Awards gala, CreaTV San Jose Executive Director, Suzanne St. John-Crane, and the Adobe Foundation’s Alex Yamamoto, announced a partnership between 1st Act Silicon Valley, the Adobe Foundation and CreaTV San Jose to expand the Adobe Youth Voices program to eight digital media sites for at-risk teens in San Jose. CreaTV San Jose is outfitting the eight sites with a total of $60,000 of video production equipment. Adobe Foundation is investing financial and in-kind resources, including curriculum, educator training and software. Local teens will be empowered to “create with purpose” and to comment on their world using multi-media and video and digital tools.

Other winners of note include those who won in more than one category including:
Michele Ikemoto, who won in both the Filmmaker less than 30 minutes and the Student age 19+ categories for her animated video, Tule Lake, made while she was a graduate student at San Jose State University’s Animation program of the Radio, TV, Film and Video Department.

Claire Mix and Charles Class, who won in both the Citizen Journalist and Filmmaker more than 30 minutes categories for their documentary, Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story.

Chris MacDougall, who won the CreaTiVe Excellence Cinematographer Award for Wells Fargo Goals for Education and the CreaTiVe Excellence Editor Award for 2012 Season Review, both of which he made as the Multimedia Coordinator for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Carolyn E. Brown, who won the CreaTiVe Excellence Director Award for her documentary, From the Fields: An American Journey, which follows the life of Hispanic reporter / anchor Damian Trujillo from the fields of Salinas to the newsroom of NBC11 Bay Area.

All winners received a hand-blown art glass award and the Adobe Creative Suite 6, Production Premium Edition.

Media pioneer and supporter of the community voice, Bob Kieve, President of Empire Broadcasting, received the Leigh Weimers’ Community Media Champion Award. The Enabling Technology Award was given to AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of digital video technology.

Special guests included American Idol’s DeAndre Brackensick, who performed “I Like It” by DeBarge and Primetime Emmy Winner, Doug Stanley, Executive Producer of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”

Attendees were treated to a hosted wine and hors d’oeuvre reception followed by the awards ceremony with MC Brian Adams. All proceeds benefited CreaTV San Jose, a non-profit community media center.

After a Call for Entries process, which began in July of 2012, all entries were viewed and scored by an independent panel of judges who represented prominent Bay Area companies, universities and communications firms. Winners received the top scores in their respective categories. Several of the judges are filmmakers or involved in the local film festival scene. For example, Todd S. Yellin, V.P. of Product Innovations at Netflix, is the writer and director of “Brother’s Shadow,” starring Judd Hirsch. Grace Sonia-Melanio serves on the Short Film Selection Committee for Cinequest and Sinohui Hinojosa, is a filmmaker and the Co-Founder and Producer of the San Jose Short Film Festival.

The 2012 CreaTiVe Awards Show is now airing on Silicon Valley Channel 30, every Saturday at 7pm and every Wednesday at 8pm. Channel 30 is available on Comcast in San Jose and Campbell and via live stream and video on demand at www.creatvsj.org.

About CreaTV San Jose’s CreaTiVe Awards

CreaTV San Jose, a member-based, nonprofit community media center, aims to inspire, educate and connect San Jose communities, using media to foster civic engagement. CreaTV provides the free airtime and low-cost training and tools that allow diverse, and often under-served communities, to tell stories and express views through video.
Inspired by former San Jose Film and Video Commissioner Joe O’Kane’s Joey Awards, CreaTV San Jose established The CreaTiVe Awards to carry on the tradition of honoring excellence in local videomaking. The CreaTiVe Awards honors videomakers who promote and celebrate individual expression, learning, diversity, arts and civic engagement, the cornerstone of CreaTV San Jose’s mission. All proceeds from the gala benefit CreaTV San Jose, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit community media center.

Comcast Cable subscribers in San Jose and parts of Campbell can watch CreaTV on Community Channel 15, College Channel 27, Classrooms Channel 28 (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and the Silicon Valley Channel 30. Programing on Channels 15, 28 and 30 is also available via live stream and video on demand at www.creatvsj.org.

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