Special thanks to CURRENT reporter Karen Everhart for her very nice write up about ReelChanges.org in the PBS trade journal’s most recent issue. Karen captured both the factual details about what we are doing and the context within the world of public broadcasting, where the public is usually not invited to participate in content creation decisions.
“Reelchanges.org, a showcase created to raise production money online for filmmakers’ works in progress, has teamed up with Maryland Public Television (MPT) to test whether “crowdfunding” will work for public TV documentaries.
With help from a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant, MPT has fine-tuned its pitch for donations backing its documentary Intrepid Journal: From WWII to 9-11, about the not-so-smooth sailing of a World War II aircraft carrier that recently underwent a major restoration as a naval museum docked in Manhattan.
Two additional MPT productions — on Chesapeake Bay water quality and on the military service of African-Americans — also will be featured on the site in a tryout backed last year with a $45,000 grant from CPB’s Public Media Innovation Fund.
Working on the project with MPT are consultant Jim Russell, longtime top producer of public radio’s Marketplace, and the radio program’s original editor, Hal Plotkin, who founded ReelChanges.org last year.”
You can read the rest here.