Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2011 Bestows Pioneer in Television Awards

A newly designated award this year at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival is the Grand Festival Pioneer in Television Award, for distinguished service in the medium of TV.

Online PR News – 29-September-2011 – – Berkeley, CA, September 29, 2011 -- A newly designated award this year at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival is the Grand Festival Pioneer in Television Award, for distinguished service in the medium of TV.

This year Andrew Stern, professor Emeritus, and founder of the UC Berkeley School of Broadcast Journalism, is receiving one of the Pioneer in Television awards and BVFF is screening his 1964 classic broadcast video, Brunswick, Quiet Conflict.

Marc N.Weiss, Barbara Kopple, Laurence Storch, and Ed Sharpe will receive the Pioneer in Television Award for their early work in reel to reel video,
capturing the Miami Republican Convention in 1972; with a whimsical short document of Allen Ginsberg, providing an extemporaneous song poem, Bagels,
Borscht, and Brotherhood, aptly restored and preserved by engineer and broadcast journalist Ed Sharpe of Glendale, Arizona.

Chip Lord, one of the founders of ANT FARM a radical media consortium from the S.F. bay area in the 1960's and 1970's famous for their Cadillac Ranch
in Texas and the S. F. Media Burn, receives a Pioneer in Television Award, for his dedication and production of avante garde media, in the last half of the 20th century. BVFF will be screening his short homage to Jean Luc Godard, Un Ville de I'Avenir.

Founded by award winning independent filmmakers who were involved with the "independent underground cinema revolution" in the early and mid-1960's, THE BERKELEY VIDEO + FILM FESTIVAL was created in 1991 to provide a venue for independent film and videomakers creating works that challenge and confront our notions of "Electronic Cinema."

The EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER, (EMBC), located in Downtown Berkeley's Arts District, was founded by Mel Vapour and Paul Kealoha Blake. Out of the EBMC
the BVFF was born... This is the 20th event...Mel reminiscences, "With the support of George Manupelli (director of Ann Arbor Film Festival), who had
met Vapour at the Ann Arbor film festival in the late 60ís, BVFF would become a festival of international acclaim showing unusual, off-beat as well
as mainstream documentaries and short film. More importantly, the BVFF grew quickly in popularity because of its willingness to promote highly
experimental as well as politically conscious film that would always include the development of highly advanced technical refinement and skill."
Every BVFF as a fantastic event but this year is extra-special due to the 20 year birthday!

BVFF will be screening over 50 remarkable new films and videos by Independent Producers. There film,s range from documentaries, shorts, student films, ethnographic, animation, machinima and art films. Screenings will start Friday evening at 7:30pm, and continue Saturday and Sunday at
1:00pm through the evening. Held September 30, October 1 & 2, 2011 at the Landmark Shattuck Cinemas - 2230 Shattuck Avenue - Downtown Berkeley. You may purchase tickets there

Here are a brief description of just a few of the great movies to be seen... go to the BVFF website for a complete program. This link will navigate you to the program schedule:

Contact :
Mel Vapour
East Bay Media Center
1939 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
F: 510-843-3379

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Mel Vapour
East Bay Media Center