Carrboro Cinema showing Monster Road

Come see the cool movie Monster Road tomorrow night! Admission is FREE! Here’s the details:

What: Monster Road, a documentary about Bruce Bickford
When: Wednesday, August 31 7:30pm (THIS WED.)
Where: Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC
Why: We’re starting a NONPROFIT movie theater called the Carrboro Cinema.
How Much: FREE

Opening a movie theater is one of my oldest dreams. Please come out to see a great film and support the concept of a NONPROFIT movie theater. We’re working to raise interest and money to get this project rolling. Here are some directions to the Carrboro Century Center. View a trailer of the film Monster Road here.

Update: Here is a nice article about the Carrboro Cinema project in the Chapel Hill News by Dave Hart called Coming soon: A theater in Carrboro?. Thanks to Nicole of Flicker Chapel Hill for letting me announce our project at last mondays showing.

The Durham Literacy Center: a NonProfit that’s Blogging

Durham Literacy Center Website

Introducing the new Durham Literacy Center website. It’s based on CivicSpace/Drupal and it has several blogs. I installed and customized the site, developed staff training, and generally evangelized the project. Everyone has been so kind and involved. They’re excited about writting and telling the world what they do. I’m so proud of them and will continue to work on this way after my AmeriCorp service is done.

Blogging and Events
Right now the site has a blog for each staff member, a blog for each program, program pages, a contact form, an event calendar that is searchable, a RDF RSS feed for the blogs, etc. This solid foundation sets them up for some very powerful stuff. In the near future volunteers will be able to blog and comment too. This will speed and improve their communication with program directors.

When the DLC staff is ready they’ll be able to use the new CiviCRM module for CivicSpace. “CiviCRM stores information on the universe of people associated with a nonprofit organization and on their interactions (emails, donations, petitions, events, etc.).” This is an advanced Customer Relationship Management tool. Like many non-profits the DLC needs to track LOTS of people. Volunteers, students, donors, and everyone they serve.

Online Fundraising
One of the largest functionalities of this new website is on-line fundraising. In order to do this you need more than a paypal button. You need to be able to collect information about people who visit your site. You must have something for a visitor todo besides just find basic content. Activities and action items are key.

Also when the DLC has a big event coming up or wants the world to know what they are doing they can write their own story about it. In effect writting content for all media outlets to run with. All in all a VERY excited moment. I’ve been researching and reading about how dynamic websites like blogs can help non-profits. NOW here it is running and doing it’s thing!

Should Pat Robertson be allowed in the UK?

I first read about Pat Robertson’s call for the US Government to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from the Bolivian Blog. Then last night John Stewart on the Daily Show opened with the quip that he can’t even say “fuck” or “Fuuuuuucccck” without it being bleeped, but if you own your own TV network (as Robertson owns the Christian Broadcasting Network) you can call for the murder of a head of state.

This morning on the BBC for colonist via NPR (aka BBC Newshour) I heard that British Home Secretary Charles Clarke claims he will begin enforcing a new “anti-terror law” that will deport any non-citizen in the UK that does things like glorify terrorism, incites violence, preaches hate, etc. Still no word on exactly what actions are on the list of “unacceptable behaviour”. They don’t seem to be able to apply the same rules to British citizens. They can’t just deport them. Fact is all the men who bombed the London tube and bus were British citizens.

Just as the BBC show was ending they read a email from a woman in Waltham, Massachusetts. She asked if Pat Robertson would be on a list of non-citizens to be deported for glorifying violence and preaching hate? I wonder if the UK will keep a list of non-citizens who are not allowed into the county who’ve preached hate? Hmm the righteous sword of anti-terrorism rhetoric cuts both ways me thinks.

Bob Moog has passed

I love the sounds that analog synthesizers make. Especially Bob Moogs creations. For some reason I emotionally relate to electronically created tones and rhythms. So the news of Bob Moog passing away at 71 is very sad.

You can share your positive thoughts for Bob on his online journal. Also there’s going to be a memorial service for him. Here are the details:

The Orange Peel, Social Aid & Pleasure Club
101Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
828 225-5851

Web Based Project Management

I’ve been looking at web based project management software that’ll allow me to create to-do lists, calendar events, create project milestones, export calendars, generate RSS, be multi-user, work on mobile devices (ex. Palm Treo), etc., etc. So far I really like the looks of Tasks Pro. It does all the aforementioned stuff. But I’ve also seen BaseCamp and used dotproject.

Ruby has spent A LOT of time researching project management. I’d say she’s a project management guru. I listen to her on this stuff. But our brains work different. 🙂 I think she’s done reading the famous book, to bloggers at least, Getting Things Done by David Allen. I might just read it up myself. But I doubt I’ll be following any one system to the letter to get my stuff done, but finding new methods is cool.

Right now I use a Moleskin calendar with a pencil to write to-dos on the day I need to do them. It works pretty well. Problem is you can’t share your paper calendar to well. Plus it won’t beep at you or send you a e-mail reminder. Also user interface is VERY important to me. If it doesn’t flow and my visual brain can’t groove with it then it’s useless to me. I hope to get a Palm Treo one day. It might replace my paper book as my mobile to-do list creator.

My questions for you are; Which of these project management softwares have you used? Which one do you USE? Why do you like it? What are some other ones worth considering?


What AudioActivism Is

The two words in the name of this site, Audio and Activism, can be conceptually reversed to form two phrases. Meaning you could call this blog ActivismAudio as well as AudioActivism. My personal activism has become, helping others learn how to make their own audio. (This has manifest itself in the tutorials I’ve written and the creation of PodcasterCon. An event for people to learn about podcasting.) I advocate for more tools and knowledge for the masses. I dream about the metaphorical death of elite professionalism, a natural evolution of WHAT MEDIA MAKING IS. A future were we can all become audio producers if we want to. This blog and podcast isn’t just audio about progressive/liberal politics BUT activism for people making audio.

Shea talks about Podcasting at the CDS

Last night I went to The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for a guest speaker event. The speaker was Shea Shackelford of the Big Shed and Radio Pie fame. I met Shea via email after we’d both been on the Voice of America TV spot about podcasting a few months ago. The wonderfully kind and generous Chris MacDonald of the IndieFeed podcast (among other things) told me VOA TV needed another podcaster. He even let me stay at his house in DC! Such kind people you can meet by podcasting. Really… both of these guys have been wonderful to know. Thanks also to the wonderful people at the CDS. I really enjoyed talking to ya’ll.

Shea spoke about podcasting to a group of students who were participating in the CDS Summer Audio Institute. From what I understand they were all taking classes to learn about how to make audio documentaries. This particular discussion was introducing them to a WIDE OPEN medium from which to share their work, PODCASTING. They’re independent producers and have a very high wall to climb if they want to get their work aired on a terrestrial radio station. But with podcasting that all changes. Now we have MUCH fewer barriers. If you have access to inexpensive gear, the knowledge, Internet access, and web hosting your set.

This was a very interesting event for me. It showed me yet another facet of podcasting and audio production. I knew about public and commercial radio stations repurposing their audio content via podcasting. But I didn’t know much about how new audio producers are learning about these tools within the documentary world. It’s a big leg up over earlier generations of radio folks, IMHO. Just knowing that someone out there somewhere has listened to your work is just the sort of encouragement artists need to continue creating.

After the event one thought has really stuck in my head… How do technical aspects of a medium and inherent limitations influence the aesthetic methods by which producers create? Now put that question into the context of two things. One traditional radio, two podcasting. I’m looking forward to your comments.

Media Workers Low Salaries

Ed Cone links to Lex Alexander’s post (Greensboro N&R) about the annual media salary survey and writes, “Newspapers are often cash machines, but the big money goes to the owners, not the reporters.”

From Lex Alexander:

Median salaries ranked as follows:
Online publishing: $32,000
Cable TV: $30,000
Consumer magazines: $27,000
Daily newspapers: $26,000
Weekly newspapers: $24,000
TV: $23,492
Radio: $23,000

You combine those print salary figures — “median,” remember, means half of those surveyed make more and half make even less…