ACMi Swings into Community ACTion

We are very excited to announce the inaugural episode of a new series we’re calling Community ACTion. Every Friday morning we will open Studio A to non-profit organizations in Arlington and the surrounding communities, inviting them to come and tell us what they do and how they do it. At ACMi we are always seeking new ways to foster closer connections throughout our community, and helping Arlington residents become better informed about the important services and opportunities provided by our local non-profits is one of our main goals in introducing this new series.

We filmed our first episode this morning! The Young Adult Vocational Program (YAVP)photo 3-2 is a transitional program that provides daily structure for young adults with psychiatric disabilities. YAVP’s Program Director, Ray Thomas, came to Studio A with a number of the program’s clients. Several of them worked behind the scenes on the production, and two  were featured guests, discussing the success they have enjoyed as YAVP participants and the beneficial effect it has had on their lives. Under the artful direction of ACMi’s Jonathan Barbato and Jessica Barnthouse (gotta love those JBs!), the whole shoot went smoothly and was a worthy introduction to what promises to be an exciting, enriching, and highly informative addition to the ACMi schedule.

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If you are connected to a local non-profit or know someone who is, Community ACTion is for YOU. Make arrangements to join us any Friday morning at Studio A and help us and Arlington get to know who you are. Email us at, and we will follow up from there. Let’s make some community magic together!

ACMi is BUZZING this week!

It’s SummerFun Week, and we’re all having a blast with IMG_0326the dozen students who have enrolled in a week-long television production “camp” at ACMi. All the kids are soaking up information like the sponges they are, from camera operation to sound boards to studio IMG_0321production. They will also be learning about how to film events on location, how to do animation, and how to edit what they have shot into a broadcast-quality program. As you can see in these photos, all of us on staff have been taking part in both the instruction and the proceedings, and we have really been enjoying ourselves in the process! And boy, these youngsters sure do pick things up quickly!! IMG_0317IMG_5290 IMG_0319IMG_0316

iPhone Filmmaking for Boston Herald Literacy Champions

Something special occurred last week at the Boston Herald headquarters. A group of diverse educators from around the state were each awarded a $1000 grant for being recognized as Mass. Literacy Champions. ACMi’s Production Coordinator Jonathan Barbato arrived to spread media literacy through an iPhone Filmmaking Workshop.

“Jonathan brought a special energy into the room with his workshop. Everybody was excited about creating videos on their phones and sharing their ideas with others,” says Julie DeFrancesco, Director of Mass Literacy Foundation.Inline image 2

Everyone has the ability to create beautiful videos on-the-fly with a smart phone. Jonathan’s number one tip is to hold your phone in the landscape position, or sideways (see photo above), as opposed to the portrait position, which is upright.

Come to the ROUGH CUT Social Event at SCATV!


ACMi is partnering with our colleagues at Somerville Community Access TV (SCATV) to present ROUGH CUT MEDIA SOCIAL. This event is open to all media makers who have a video work-in-progress. This means a TV show, documentary, experimental film, music videos, etc. You will screen 3-5 minutes of your piece, and the audience will give their feedback immediately following. A select group of filmmakers will guide the feedback process throughout the event. One such esteemed critic is Mike Oliver from the Medford Arts Council. Feel free to come just to watch – no film submission is required! And Free Snacks will be provided!!

Here’s all you need to know about ROUGH CUT:

Date: Sunday, June 29th, from 3-5pm

Location Details: The event is held at The Uniun, 3 Sanborn Court, Union Square (across from Stone Place Park). 

Contact: Erica Jones, programming@scatvsomerville.orgor at

Technical Specs: Bring your video on a thumbdrive or DVD

RSVP HERE to the Facebook event!

Here comes the Steve Katsos Show 5th Anniversary Spectacular!

ACMi is delighted to pass on this exciting news about the Steve Katsos Show Fifth Anniversary Spectacular, coming up this Sunday, June 29, at 7:30 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Please read on for a personal invite from the Man himself…
Dear Friends and ACMi Community,
This Sunday at the Regent Theatre, we will have The Steve Katsos Show Fifth Anniversary Spectacular at 7:30 pm. The event will be carried live on ACMi and aired as a Katsos_5thSpectacular001special on CharterTV3 on Thanksgiving. The taped version of this show will also air on public stations all over the world, helping us to raise money for The Jimmy Fund. We have a real HD production truck donated for the event for the first time ever. This is a one-time deal, and I am so excited for the donation. Come to the Regent Theatre to feel what it was like to be on the set of The Ed Sullivan Show or The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The cameras are professional, the technicians are top-notch, and the truck is used on national events for ESPN. I am grateful that 150 staff and performers donate their time on this night to maximize our gift to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. It is an amazing event, and I am humbled to have my name on it.
We need the community to come celebrate with us and help support our drive to raise $15,000 for a great cause. We have opened the balcony up at the Regent Theatre and tickets are only $10. Orchestra seats are $20. Please come enjoy the show or make a donation using the links below. Thank you for doing all that you can do.
Steve Katsos
Buy Tickets to The Steve Katsos Show Fifth Anniversary Spectacular:

Got an iPhone? Make a film!

Did you know that you may be carrying everything you need to make an original video
in your pocket?!
It’s true - your iPhone is powerful and versatile enough to do the job IF you get the right training to unleash its capabilities. That’s where ACMi comes in! Our outstanding
PocketFilmmaking001Production Coordinator, Jonathan Barbato, will teach you the tips and tricks you need to get the most out of your iPhone video.

Pocket Filmmaking Workshop 101

  • Tuesday 6-8 pm, July 1, 8 & 15
  • Session 1: shooting your footage
  • Session 2: editing on iMovie
  • Session 3: uploading to YouTube
Each participant will require:
  • A smartphone or tablet with charger
  • A Mac laptop (or ACMi can provide access to our own)


Email to sign up at 

Be among the first iPhone-ographers in town! 

Join us in July!

It’s that time!

Yes, it’s time for all our treasured ACMi members out there to renew your memberships, and for first-time members to sign up to get the most bang for your buck. Our membership period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year, and access to both the equipment and the resources the studio makes available requires that your membership be current. The membership fee for the 2014-2015 period is $40 for an Individual and $70 for a Family or Group (up to 4 members). ACMi will be mailing renewal forms out to all active members in the coming week – please look out for our mailing and send your renewal form and fee back to us ASAP!!