PROFILE! Magazine Awards

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

Brockport, 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."

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