Five years ago TvFILM started it’s mission. It is hard to believe that TvFILM Guy (you know, the dude with the television set on his head) has survived in the cutthroat business of primetime television. Right now, we’re in the midst of our current call for entries. So, let’s get that out of the way right now, send us your short film or tell someone to send us their film. OK, back to reminiscing – it’s June 2008 and your local public television broadcaster, WMHT is about to premiere a new program that will feature local and regionally-made, independent short films and interview the filmmakers who created them.
Fast forward 58 short films and 74 filmmakers later, we’re set to premiere a new season Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30pm. The success of TvFILM can be attributed to two main factors. The first is the amazing independent filmmaking talent we have in our region. Each season the short films, filmmakers, actors, musicians and various other artisans is amazing. Everyone seems to be talking about Nano tech but Upstate independent film is the best-kept secret this side of the Mississippi! Don’t tell those folks in Austin. The second factor is you, the audience. Television programs only work when there is someone there to watch. So, not only do we have talented artists but we also have an audience that appreciates their work. Of course, local independent film goes well beyond TvFILM but we’re a good microcosm of what’s happening. And it doesn’t hurt you don’t have to leave your couch.