On April 26, CreaTV San Jose celebrates the power of local media by honoring its unique community storytellers at the re-vamped and re-imagined Creatives. This year’s celebration means more than just highlighting the often-hidden talent of San Jose, it’s a reflection of the collective desire to change perspectives and re-frame narratives. Content produced by nonprofits, youth and adults, in short and long form, were submitted for judging with many sharing authentic perspectives not seen in mainstream sources. Film subjects include the North Bay fires, immigrants’ rights, women in science and technology and high school dreamers, to name a few.
“More than ever, CreaTV is trying to help San Jose understand itself through community media, and selections this year represent a yearning to be heard and understood,” said Chad Johnston, CreaTV’s CEO. In its seventh year, CreaTV’s community content creators and partners are as diverse as this year’s finalists who, most often, create media for pleasure or passion and not financial gain or fame. “We have a ton of amazing talent in this community,” said Breanna Gilbert, Board Vice Chair “and we can’t wait to help amplify and celebrate these stories.”
The evening also elevates a champion of community media with the Leigh Weimers’ Award. This year’s recipient is Steve Wymer, a trusted advisor and staunch supporter of the organization’s work. Mr. Wymer has been immersed in civic and technology leadership roles for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as the Vice President for Policy and Communications at Nextdoor. “Steve is an example of a community technology leader in the Valley who tries to serve as a role model in philanthropy, leveraging resources for worthy causes in San Jose,” Michael Elliott, past board chair.
Once a black tie affair, the awards continue to take on a more local feel with an increasingly interactive and immersive slant. The organization is inviting the public to engage in media making activities paired with locally-sourced food and drink in an informal and hip setting at Forager. With a mix of activity stations, attendees will be able to express themselves using media and technology to go live on TV and “light paint” their future vision of the media. And just like their channels where anyone can be on TV, participants will serve as emcees through a live media editing experiment. “This will not be your typical chicken banquet,” added Chad, “we want everyone there to see what CreaTV can do, and how they can be a part of it.”
Editor’s Note: To view the finalists and watch the video entries, click here.