Local TV Producer Brings Home 5 Video Awards
Brockport, NY, December 4, 2004
Producer, Tara L. Lavigne, brought home the Best in Show Award for the
second year in a row for her Public Access television show, PROFILE!
Magazine. Over 450 entrants from seven Northeast states competed for the
Grand Prize in the Alliance for Community Media’s Video Festival held in
Cambridge, MA. Her show also earned 1st and 2nd place awards for
Documentary Profile and Magazine Series.
Her Best of Show documentary, Asbury First: A Gothic
Church tells the remarkable story of Methodist Pastor, Weldon Crossland,
and his dream of building a gothic church in Rochester.
Other programs this past year included Senator George
Maziarz hosting tourism in Western, New York and the nostalgic Rochester:
A City of Quality, featuring historic 1963 footage acquired from the Prelinger Archives.
Local TV producer wins Grand Prize
at video festival
NY, November 2003
Tara L. Lavigne,
producer of PROFILE! Magazine, recently won "Best of Show" at the
Northeast Alliance for Community Media's Video Festival in Portland,
Maine. A total of 350 entrants competed from seven states in the Northeast
region for the Grand Prize. Her show also won 1st Place for Documentary
and 1st Place for Magazine Series.
"I started PROFILE! Magazine to promote the wonderful historic treasures
we have here. I also wanted to create an archival collection for future
generations to enjoy. It's my favorite way of volunteering time back to
the community," Lavigne said.
PROFILE! Magazine is produced by
Lavigne's company, Starlight Video Productions. Other crew members include
her husband, Gerard Regula, Technical Director, who coordinates the
camera, audio and editing of the show. Art Director, Barbara Tinch,
organizes the set design, wardrobe and make-up.
"People keep asking me what Public Access Television is all about,"
Lavigne said. "I tell them these channels provide a valuable forum for all
citizens to exercise their right to free speech and to create unique
programming in their local community." Lavigne and Regula also taught one
of their video-making workshops while at the festival in Maine.
"Introducing people to the world of television production is a real thrill
for us," says Regula, "and this is such a great time to get involved,
because viewers are eager for original programming."