‘Aging in Community’ documentary explores Baby Boomer housing choices

Silver Sage Village is one six senior cohousing communities in the country.

Silver Sage Village is one six senior cohousing communities in the country.

Documentary filmmaker Alan O’Hashi and Boulder Community Media are producing a documentary about aging in community.

The data are, 10,000 people turn 65 every day and are wondering where and how they will age and checking out other senior housing choices other than “Sun City” type retirement communities.

In addition to cohousing, we’re also interested in other intentional communities such as housing cooperatives, niche communities (veterans); licensed housing communities (Green House); in place housing (Beacon Hill) and others.

Silver Sage Village is one of six senior cohousing communities in the country and over the years has experienced a variety of transitions from original members moving to new neighbors arriving to other transitioning to managed communities to others passing away.

We’re asking for your help in providing on camera interviews about your experiences in a cohousing community – not about specific conflcts and successes, but more about whether individual differences are set aside when neighborly assistance is required of others.

If you’re interested in getting your ideas, experiences and perspectives out there for others to better plan for their futures, be a part of the project by replying to this note or send a direct email to Alan O’Hashi (director of photography) or Mary Ann Williamson (who will be scheduling and conducting interviews).

First round of interviews – We’ve heard back from some of you and want to get the ball rolling by setting up some interviews on June 24 and 26. If others decide to participate, let us know.

Since the Silver Sage TV room will be under renovation, we’ll have to find another place, which could be meeting you in you home for each interview.

As mentioned, the movie is exploring how people can grow old in their own homes and whether living in a community helps or hinders that. Your experiences may help others be better informed as they explore alternative housing options for themselves and their families.

Here are some topics to think about:

  • Immediately before moving to Silver Sage, what type of house did you have (single family on a lot, condo or apartment; in the city, rural or suburb …)
  • Thinking back, since cohousing and senior cohousing were somewhat theoretical when Silver Sage village formed, what were your reasons for wanting to live in cohousing?
  • After living in a cohousing community for several years now, how does reality match up with your initial reasons for wanting to live in community?
  • Can you recount any times when you were laid up at home, being in the hospital, experienced changes in on going health issues and how did living in a community help or hinder with your helping you?
  • As you’ve aged, have you had any attitude changes about how you want to spend your time? (want to live life more fully, take more time to travel, give more time to give the community)
  • If a person is thinking about moving into an existing cohousing community or starting one, what are a couple hints for them that you learned from your experience living in community?

BCM NewsTeam 2016 – turn in your paperwork

Our BCM reporter was on the red carpet with Oliver Stone.

Our BCM reporter was on the red carpet with Oliver Stone.

The Boulder International Film Festival starts on Thursday March 3, but preproduction gets underway now.

Please  download and turn in your volunteer signup form email it back to  Dina.

There will be schedule changes all week, before you go to your assigned venue, check in at the Boulder Theatre first. (If you go to the St. Julien Hotel, they may not know who you are and if they do, they will send you to the Boulder Theatre.)

We Need Help on Thursday Morning for Load In – We could use some help on Thursday loading and unloading gear and getting the production office set up at the Boulder Theater.

We Need a Thursday Morning Production Crew – Do you want to have the first video out there? We need a small crew to shoot some of the set up and advance the festival before things get underway. One crew member is also helping with the event set up, but could use some production assistance.

We Need Editing Stations – We’ll provide two MacBook Pros with Final Cut Pro 7. Bring your laptop editing systems if you use others.

Updated NewsTeam Schedule – The crew calls will be posted here and updated as changes occur.

– BIFF BCM Sked Thurs Mar 3 – update 1

– BIFF BCM Sked Fri Mar 4 – update 1

– BIFF BCM Sked Sat Mar 5 – update 1

– BIFF BCM Sked Sun Mar 6 – update 1

Boulder Int’l Film Festival seeks producer and crew March 2 – 5

BIFF producer Ron Bostwick interviewed Oscar nominee James Franco at the 2011 BIFF. Click on the image to join the Facebook page.

Boulder Community Media (BCM) is providing production services again. BCM is putting together volunteer production crews to cover a variety of events in the various Downtown Boulder screening venues and at local businesses hosting special events during the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) March 2 – 5.  Download the BCM volunteer agreement and email it back to BCM.

We’re also seeking a producer to coordinate cast and NewsTeam crews throughout the weekend. This requires a three and a half day commitment with some wiggle room.

Photographers must download and become familiar with the  2017 PHOTO GUIDELINES and WORKFLOW.

If you’d like to be a part of the BIFF that is largely unseen and very interesting, behind the scenes experience inquire within! For the most part, you do need to have particular expertise and experience with news, but we can always use more Production Assistants willing to learn by observation and diving into a project.

Our BCM reporter was on the red carpet with Oliver Stone.

Our BCM reporter was on the red carpet with Oliver Stone.

The schedule won’t be released until later in February, but we’re getting the word out so you can make plans around classes, work, and other commitments. Check out the BIFF News Team Production Call facebook page to keep up with the latest information.

BCM uses a “transmedia” approach where we produce news in a variety of forms:

  • Editors – copy editors and video editors
  • Writers – news gathers to go along to events
  • Still Photographers – for all activities
  • Video Photographers – for all activities
  • Producers – if you want to produce, you should also have at least one other skill, have at a minimum a still camera and a strong back to schlepp gear.
  • Social media – update facebook pages, tweet pix and experiences
  • Website updates and maintenance

BCM generally runs at least two crews at any given moment, which means each crew has a producer, a video camera operator, a still camera operator a reporter on camera and a reporter off camera. In most cases, our news crews will be the only ones covering these events, many are newsworthy and your stories, images and video will be pushed out to the wire.

Equipment:
BCM will provide video cameras and tape for field work. BCM will have a MacBook Pro with Final Cut 7 available. We are inventorying assets and also let me know what kind of equipment you may be able to provide:

* video cameras etc. (they can be solid state and consumer grade, tripods, lights)
* still cameras (pocket cameras to DSLR cameras – do they have video capabilities)
* lap top computers (pc or mac and editing systems – Premiere, iMovie, FCP, movie maker)

Send an email to BCM if you’d like to be a part of the action. You can also join the BIFF News Team Production Call facebook page to keep up with the latest.

‘The Last Waltz’ to play the BolderLife Festival in October

Click on the BolderLife logo to download a copy of the play script.

Click on the BolderLife logo to download a copy of the play script.

The BolderLife Festival announced that the stage play “The Last Waltz” will be produced for it’s October event in Denver.

The play by Alan O’Hashi was previously staged in Boulder at the Hitching Post Theater in 2011.

Download a copy of the play by clicking on the BolderLife logo.

BCM assists Coloradoans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Boulder Community Media (BCM) recently provided video production services to a non-profit Coloradoans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at a presentation at Lowry in Denver. The event hosted by David Horsey featured local and national grassroots activists provide first hand testimonials to local community organizations and the public at large about why death penalty laws should be reformed.
 

BCM to produce Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award tribute videos

Boulder Community Media (BCM) continues it’s non-profit production services. Crews are currently dispatched in Wyoming for filming in preparation of the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Awards which happens February 28th. The winners this year are sculptor Lupe Barajas of Cheyenne, art educator Bruce Richardson and rug weaver Norma Sturges both of Casper; dancer Babs Case and the band BarJ Wranglers of Jackson. BCM produces tribute videos for the winners. The event is hosted by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. Here’s the tribute for Jalan Crossland, one of the winners in 2012.

BCM seeks BIFF producer

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Producer sought – Boulder Community Media provides time – sensitive video production for the Boulder International Film Festival February 13 – 16, 2014. Pre-production begins soon. Looking for:
– indie / creative / linear thinker
– people person (patience with high school and college students with little experience)
– Boulder based and / or reliable transport
– Detailed crew scheduling
– Lots of pressure
– Excellent Microsoft Office skills
– News / fast filmmaking / editing / social media skills

Plusses:
– Access to the stars (past Baldwin, Franco, Macy, Sheen, Fonda)
– Lots of movies, food
– Likely around $500.00 intern stipend

Minuses:
– largely volunteer, as most film festival work is.

Inquiries to yours truly – email resume and references who know about your abilities relative to this project. Women and minorities encouraged to respond. bvet22@yahoo.com

Real D 3D Salon at BIFF 2013

go_pro3d_600x600Boulder Community Media (BCM) is hosting the RealD 3D Salon at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) and seeking up to 6 teams of four or more cast and crew members. More teams may be added depending on demand. There is no entry fee, but teams must have a valid credit card and drivers’ license to secure the equipment that will checkout out to you for the week.

Download the BCM 3D contest registration form and email it back to bvet22@yahoo.com by February 9th or bring it to the 3D workshop on Saturday to the place which will be announced later.

A 3D filmmaking workshop will be held on Saturday February 9 (Place TBD) from 10am to 2pm.

Participants will learn how to operate the GoPro 3D camera rigs and how to use the Cineform 3D editing software and how it interfaces with 2D editing programs.After the class, teams will have a week to finish their 7-minute 3D movies which will be screened at the BIFF on Saturday night 7pm February 16th through a RealD projection system onto the silver screen.

The filmmakers will participate in a panel along with representatives from RealD and each filmmaking team who will be on hand to discuss their technologies and projects.

Link

 

BCM - GoPro 3D filmmaking contest

Be one of the 10 teams competing in the BCM - GoPro 3D filmmaking contest. Click on the image of the Hero to register

Boulder Community Media (BCM) and GoPro Cameras are presenting a 48-hour 3D filmmaking contest in conjunction with the Boulder International Film Festival Feb 16 – 19. Teams will be using the new 3D fixed-lens camera system and the Cinemark 3D editing software.

BCM seeks 10 teams who will be issued equipment and an editing software orientation prior to producing a 90-second movie. The best film will win a GoPro Hero camera and the top three will be looped on a 3D TV and viewable with RealD passive glasses at the Boulder Theater on Sunday February 19th.

If you’d like to participate, go to the BCM website and enter via:
http://www.bouldercomedia.org/

Editing is allowed, but think about projects with no dialogue – unless it is voice over of recorded separately. The on board microphones are covered up in a plastic housing.

The projects will be shot entirely in Downtown Boulder and teams will be issued a list of elements that must be included in the movie.

The camera system is very user friendly and has a fixed focus fish eye lens so there are lots of possibilities for interesting story telling.

BCM and GoProeEmployees, contractors and volunteers are eligible to take part in the contest, but ineligible to win the prize.

Crews with members younger than 18-years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Teams must have a valid drivers license and credit card to check out the equipment, which must be returned when the movie is returned on the provided flash drive.

To find out a little more about the set up, check out:
www.gopro.com/3DSystem

Hitching Post Theater – November 13th!

Hitching Post Theater November 14, 2011 at the Nomad Theater in North Boulder. Click on the logo to go to the facebook page!

The Hitching Post Theater happens tonight November 13th at the Nomad Theater in North Boulder.

Five writers have three hours to write a short stage play around two actors selected at random.

The plays are handed to a director and the actors who have until 5:30pm to rehearse before the first performance at 6:30pm and the second at 8:00pm. Click on the Hitching Post logo to find out more from the facebook page.

Alan O’Hashi was one of the writers for this month. You can check out his work by opening the link to The Last Waltz. He had the challenge of writing for an actor with laryngitis which is reflected in the no-dialogue play.