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Video Fest uses Democracy Player to find films

December 4th, 2006 by Nicholas Reville

I got a very interesting note from Ross Swartzendruber the Programming Director of the Mid-Valley Video Festival in Salem, Oregon. He says “Many of our recent films for our Screentest events were discovered using Democracy.” He saw Joel Trussel’s “War Photographer” during a Channel Frederator episode and decided to go from there. Ross says:

“After the festival in February, we were approached by a few directors wanting to screen their works-in-progress throughout the year, so we started Screentest, a monthly event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem, Oregon. Since the filmmaking community around the Willamette Valley is still growing, we could only manage to schedule about 30 minutes of local programming for each 90 minute timeslot. We decided to use Democracy Player to find material to fill the program. Trussell’s imagery stuck in my head, as did the awesome soundtrack. I really wanted to share it with a larger audience. The audience was stunned. They all knew how much work had gone into producing the video and were amazed that a 30 MB file could look so good on the screen and sound so good.”

“Since then, Screentest has featured more than 40 films acquired using Democracy Player and has decide to create an award for “Best Creative Commons Film” during the 4th annual Mid-Valley Video Festival in February 2007. Democracy users are encouraged to enter. Visit mvvfest.org for more information.”

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