Summer Fun Week Part 2: Studio Training

In an astute move given the searing temperatures outside, Summer Fun moved into the main studio today for a double feature of original programming. First up was the 2016 version of “Show and Tell,” a perennial favorite in which students share an object of great personal significance to them, and the story behind it. Filming with the ACMi news set as a backdrop, campers performed not just in front of the cameras but behind them as well, as camera operators, sound engineers, technical directors, and even running the teleprompter!

After lunch, the news set was deftly switched for a video game backdrop and a whole new production was filmed, one in which campers competed as gamers, provided a running commentary of what they were seeing and feeling, and shared their own favorite games to play. Once again, the Summer Fun students crewed the show themselves, manning all the necessary equipment under the (mostly) hands-off supervision of ACMi staffers.
Both you and they will eventually have a chance to see the fruits of their labors, as ACMi will begin airing both programs some time in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


Summer Fun Week Part 1: Silent Films

IMG_6813It sure doesn’t take long for our young Summer Fun students to get right to creating their own videos!

After gaining a basic grounding in the various elements of video production on their first day, our dozen middle-schoolers divided into three groups of four on Tuesday. Each team set about conceiving, shooting, and editing a short silent film, with all of the participants taking turns both in front of and behind the camera. In the process, they are already learning about framing, lighting, and sound in the most effective way possible – by doing it!
Tomorrow promises a new and different kind of fun challenge, as the campers will bring in objects of personal significance to share with others on “Show and Tell.” They will also be playing video games while learning to run a studio production and much more in the days to come! Stay tuned!

Special Town Election June 14th

It may not come as news to you that Arlington is facing a number of challenges related to rapidly increasing student enrollments and the state of the facilities in the two high schools that serve the vast majority of our population in the upcoming Special Town Election. On Tuesday, June 14, Arlingtonians will go to the polls to decide Yes or No on three separate questions that ask residents to accept increased taxation to support major projects addressing necessary renovations and expansions in several schools.

In an effort to ensure that voters have the most complete picture possible about what is being asked and what is at stake with the three debt exclusion questions, ACMi conducted interviews with various well-informed citizens to flesh out the details for this Special Town Election. You will find links to those included below.

QUESTION 1 seeks funding to create additional capacity at the Thompson Elementary School and the Ottoson Middle School to accommodate dramatic growth in student enrollment at both. You can find our interview with Jane Morgan at:

QUESTION 2 asks voters to approve funding a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design for a proposed rebuild of Arlington High School. You can find our interview with School Committee member Kirsi Allison-Ampe at:

QUESTION 3 solicits voters to agree to fund Arlington’s allocable share of the bond required to rebuild the Minuteman Vocational Technical High School, which serves to educate more than 100 Arlington students on average each year. You can find our conversation with Selectman Dan Dunn, who supports a Yes vote, AND our interview with Finance Committee member Charlie Foskett, who argues that Arlingtonians should reject this question, at:

Dan Dunn also provided a brief but comprehensive overview of the significance of all three questions for Arlington at

Finally, you can see a compilation of all the interviews plus the overview here:


We hope you find this information to be helpful as you ponder the options, and


Special Town Election School Debt Exclusion Dan Dunn, Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Jane Morgan, Charlie Foskett


ACMi is CLOSED on Friday, April 29

ACMi Studios A and B will be
on Friday, April 29,
 to allow the entire staff to attend the
MassAccess Spring Conference.
We will be
Open for Business
as usual on

Monday, May 4.

Especially if we haven’t seen you for a while,
stop by 85 Park Ave
to see the various changes and improvements to our facilities and equipment over recent months,
and to (re)meet our Staff!

Patriots’ Day Parade!

PDayArlington Patriots’ Day Parade Coverage

Coverage begins LIVE Sunday, April 17th, at 2pm.

Arlington Community Media will be covering the 2016 Patriots’ Day Parade in Arlington, MA happening this Sunday. Focus Media, the youth media producers, along with volunteer members will be on site to record the battle reenactment happening in front of the Jason Russell House at noon. Then Arlington Public News will be on site to report on the parade and join in the festivities.

To tune in LIVE go to or watch us on Comcast channel 8, RCN channel 3, and Verizon channel 31.

To find out more details about the Fun Run, the reenactment, parade, and more follow this link:

Election Coverage 2016

Arlington Election Coverage

Live Election Coverage Arlington MA ballot return televisionCandidate Profiles and Debates

Airing back-to-back in an Election Block, you can see all the candidate profiles and debates. These will be airing Daily at 6AM-9AM and 6PM-9PM all the way up until the election on April 2nd.

The School Committee debate features candidates Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Len Kardon, and James Doherty. The Selectmen debate features Kevin Greeley and Maria Romano. To watch these streaming online now go to ACMi’s VOD Election site. For more information about polling centers, Town Meeting candidates, and other general election information go to Arlington’s Town website.

Candidates Night League of Women Voters – March 22nd

ACMi will produce LIVE coverage of the League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night, happening Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm.

Election Day – April 2nd

Follow LIVE coverage of the ballot returns beginning at 7:30pm. Tune in to catch the show as we follow the final ballot and explain the process, talk about the Arlington issues, and then announce the ballot results in real time.


Winter is Back! ACMi CLOSED Monday, February 8

NO Parking,

NO School,


One year ago (to the day) we made a similar announcement…

ACMi is CLOSED today, Monday, February 8,

due to the return of the wrathful weather gods.

We expect to be OPEN again on Tuesday, February 9,

Please check this blog for updates.


ACMi Welcomes Our Newest Staff Members

We are delighted to introduce the two newest members of our full-time staff! While we will always be grateful for the many contributions of former Media Coordinator Sean Snyder and former Youth Coordinator Jessica Barnthouse, we feel very lucky to have landed such worthy successors in those positions. Welcome, Meagan and Kevin!

MeaganOBrien copyMeagan O’Brien, Digital Media Coordinator
After six years working as a professional freelance developer and designer, Meagan joins  ACMi as our Digital Media Coordinator. Her job includes creating print and web marketing materials, making graphics packages for productions, curating social media outreach, and managing the website. Meagan has experience working for a wide variety of non-profits, small organizations and start-up companies, and she has been on the Board of Directors for a public access station in the past. In her free time, Meagan enjoys throwing dinner parties and working on social art projects like Portrait for a Story.


KevinWetmoreKevin Wetmore, Youth Coordinator
As Youth Coordinator, Kevin manages ACMi’s Studio B location at 892 Massachusetts Avenue. He also teaches youth production classes and works with Arlington’s youth production crews. After serving for three years with AmeriCorps, where he ran after-school programs in Boston and Cambridge public schools, Kevin’s lifelong love of cinema led him to pursue a career in video production. He has directed short documentaries and narrative projects, and has produced videos for a variety of non-profit organizations. Prior to joining ACMi, Kevin worked at Wellesley Public Media as their Community Producer. In his free time, Kevin enjoys scouring local record stores and spinning vinyl.

Looking for Teen Filmmakers

It’s almost time for the

Third Annual
Teen Video Contest

atown2016_11x17 copyIn just a couple of months, the Regent Theatre will once again screen the entries and host the ATown Awards Ceremony for this Showcase of youth filmmaking in Arlington. But of course it can’t happen without the films themselves, and that’s where YOU come in! Please help us get the word out about this opportunity to any young filmmakers you know, and encourage them to submit their work. The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2016. There is no submission fee for the first entry, so that is no obstacle. We look forward to seeing your talents on display!

For full contest details please visit

Sponsored by Data Collaborative, Arlington Community Media, Inc., Arlington Center for the Arts, and the Regent Theatre.

Connect with the Atown contest facebook.

View the below video:

Holiday Schedule at ACMi

Happy Holidays
from all of us at ACMi!

As you can see in the photo above, we are all Wrapped Up and ready to head off for the holidays ourselves. Before we go, we wanted to alert you to our special Holiday Hours. For the next two weeks, our schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Dec 24CLOSED
Friday, Dec 25CLOSEDMonday, Dec 28 – OPEN 10-6
Tuesday, Dec 29 – OPEN 10-6
Wednesday, Dec 30 – OPEN 10-6
Thursday, Dec 31CLOSED
Friday, Jan 1CLOSED

Please come visit us early and often in 2016! 
It is going to be another exciting year at ACMi!