Alan Kaufman is a very active member at Arlington Community Media. He is the creator of shows like In the Tradition and a show where he yodels in blue face makeup. You can also find him participating in Studio Knights and other ACMi events.
Arlington Community Education is a program of the Arlington Public Schools that is completely supported by tuition received from our courses. ACE provides affordable education and enrichment opportunities for children and adults from Arlington and surrounding communities.
Arlington Community Media is dedicated to providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas which reflect the talents, skills, interests, concerns, and diversity of the Arlington community.
Learn new skills by enrolling in a workshop, connect with other by joining a crew, and make your next TV show by requesting equipment and studio time.
The Arlington Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the Jason Russell House and the Society’s collections, and to discovering and sharing information about Arlington’s history. The stories of individuals, families, and events associated with the town are interpreted in the Society’s collections, programs, and Smith Museum exhibitions.
I am a sophomore at Emerson College and I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I spend most of my weekends on set at Emerson, working as a Production Designer/Art Director/Makeup Artist. As an ACMi intern I hope to broaden my knowledge in the Adobe Creative Suites, as well as doing some camera work and helping with set building for different shows and productions.
Charlotte is passionate about community engagement and uses the fabulous resources and mentors at ACMI to help translate a vision of a better community into educational and entertaining programming. Both in her free time and as part of her role as the Recycling Coordinator at Public Works, Charlotte enjoys highlighting environmental themes that spark people to learn and take local action.
Before joining the ACMI staff as Administrative/Programming Assistant, Cheryl volunteered during more than a decade at Arlington's local access television studio. Her series production credits during that time included Golden Opportunities, The Front Page, Cable Cuisine and Cable Spotlight as well as several individual programs. She subsequently videotaped several meetings for the Arlington Historical Society . Cheryl was a producer and editor of the program series Inside Arlington and The Family Food Show. She was a member of the board of the Arlington Cable Access (ACA) group where she held the positions of Secretary and Clerk. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, mixed media arts and is an avid photographer. An Arlington resident for more than thirty years, Cheryl has come to appreciate the' unique charms of Arlington. Now that the studio at which she first volunteered has stepped so boldly into the technology of twenty-first century cablecasting, she looks forward to seeing more of her fellow Arlingtonians make use of the ACMi studio facility. You can contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris DeBenedictis has been a News Producer at Arlington Public News since August 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Communications. His love for television production has grown immensely since working at ACMi, and he has grown that passion to film reviews. You can catch his reviews during each Newscast and find the full ones on our website.
My name is Danny Bianchi and I am the Graphic Design intern for ACMI in the summer of 2017! As an Arlington resident, ACMI seems like the perfect fit for myself this summer, and I hope to help bring amazing content to the Arlington Community.
With an associates degree in Graphic Design, I am planning on using those skills to create unique ads, posters, and the like for ACMI.
Deepak Bidwai is passionate about human rights, equality and justice, traits he inherited from his grandfather. His start up EmpZen is working to bring government transparency and accountability in the developing countries. He has been active with various non-profits including Friends of Spy Pond Park and ACMi Arlington, where he volunteers with his wife, Jaya.
Deepak’s show Unraveling India is an effort to make the world familiar with true India and it’s challenges and opportunities.
A student of Arlington Public Schools, Gayatri has joined the news team after being a member of ACMi for the past few years. Her favorite part of Arlington Public News is the sense of community and the many challenges that must be overcome to create successful segments.
George is a regular participant at the Wednesday Studio Knights gatherings. He can also frequently be found working on various ACMi shoots behind the camera! This includes productions like Town Day and the Patriot's Day Parade.
After more than twenty years as a high school teacher, James is relishing the opportunity to pursue various long-time interests, including television production. Being part of the Arlington Public News team has been a particular highlight, and has included work both behind and in front of the camera, in the studio and out in the field. He looks forward to continually expanding the range of contributions he can make to the news team.
A past volunteer in countless productions for his hometown Malden Access TV, Malden, MA, Jeff brings his unique experience to Arlington Community Media Inc.’s stated mission of “…providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas…” and “…providing access to, and training in, telecommunications technology…” With more than ten years’ experience in the cable access industry, Jeff has also worked in this field beyond community access television-both as independent production contractor for local, regional, and national networks such as CN8 and ABC Sports, and as contractor for cable television companies such as HBO. His five years of program development at the former Arlington Studio have served to establish strong and lasting relationships with the community. Jeff is thrilled now to be offering new digital equipment and training to ACMI volunteer producers, as well as fiber-optic cablecasting on all local cablesystems to Arlington residents. You can contact Jeff at email@example.com.
Jessica Barnthouse is the ACMi Government Access Coordinator, replacing Sara Alfaro-Franco who became News Director for ACMi-based Arlington Public News (APN) in July 2012. Jess manages ACMi’s coverage of Selectmen and School Committee meetings, as well as other town government meetings including the annual Town Meeting. She joined the ACMi staff in the summer of 2012, bringing with her a strong background in digital media production and in community cable access television. A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ms. Barnthouse is a journalist, community organizer, public media supporter, and documentary digital filmmaker with a soft spot for stop-motion animation. Prior to coming to ACMi, she worked as Membership Coordinator for Somerville Cable Access Television (SCATV).You can contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan B. Barbato has a passion for media production. As ACMi’s Production Manager, he empowers individuals and organizations with the skills and to create effective videos and marketing materials. He develops personalized filmmaking workshops and has spoken at conferences across the country.
As a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (SCM) he builds processes for business, nonprofits, and groups to achieve their initiatives through the use of video and community events.
As a freelance media producer, he engages with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Mass Literacy Foundation, the Boston Herald, and others to create effective branded content. Jonathan had previously been a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 161 as a Script Supervisor based out of New York, working with some well-known clients, including Hasbro, HGTV, MTV, PBS, Showtime, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Revolution, and others.
In his free time, Jonathan enjoys constructing taking classes, creating 3D paper dioramas, and traveling the world. Jonathan can be reached email at email@example.com.
Julie is currently employed as a Freelance Videographer/Editor/Producer/Director doing TV advertisements for non-profit organizations and for political campaigns. Julie also works at Belmont Media, and as a Videographer filming The Arlington Redevelopment Board and other town meetings for ACMi. She was previously a volunteer Producer for the New England Journal, and was employed as a Producer/Videographer/Editor/Director in the News Department at the Waltham Channel. Her future plans are to continue freelancing, making strides to improve her craft each day, and ultimately to make a movie.
Katie joined ACMi as an intern with an eight year background in science, but a life long passion for digital media. From working as a Technology Assistant at the University of Vermont, to creating video tutorials as an Environmental Technician at St. Michaels College, Katie has always kept her foot in the media door. As an intern and Production Assistant at ACMi, she gained experience in all levels and types of productions from lighting to editing and in-studio to remote. Now, she's ACMi's Production & Media Coordinator. In her free time, Katie enjoys backpacking and playing piano.
My name is Katlyn Kreie and I am a rising junior at Tufts University majoring in Film and Media Studies. This summer as an ACMI intern, I hope to learn more about television news and produce some of my own news stories for Arlington, as well as learning more about studio production.
My name is Kayla Chiara. Being a lifelong Arlington resident, I am happy to contribute to the community in a way that allows me to be a storyteller. My intrinsic love for film and art has led to my interest in all aspects of video production. I enjoy being heavily involved in the creative and formative process as I aspire to become an actor, screenwriter, and artistic director. I am currently a Communications major at UMass Boston, with a minor in Cinema Studies. I am grateful to be at ACMi and find new ways to challenge myself through different mediums and storytelling methods.
As Youth Coordinator, Kevin manages ACMi’s Studio B location at 892 Mass Ave where he teaches youth classes and runs productions. After serving with AmeriCorps, where he ran programs in Boston and Cambridge public schools, Kevin’s love of cinema made him pursue a career in film. He has directed documentaries and produced videos for non-profit organizations. Prior to ACMi, Kevin worked at Wellesley Public Media as the Community Producer. In his free time, Kevin enjoys scouring record stores and spinning vinyls. You can contact Kevin at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.
Lenard moved from New Orleans to Boston in 1981. After living in East Arlington from 1997 to 2000, he returned to East Arlington in 2006. Some of his interests include: biology, financial markets and contemporary art.
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. You can contact Meagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg is this Spring's Public Affairs intern. She will be graduating from Tufts in May with a double degree in Film & Media Studies and English and a minor in Italian. She is especially excited to dive into production of ACMi's Criminal Justice and Talk of the Town series, and hopes to add an arts perspective to ACMi by scoping out the creative niches in town. This Spring you can find her looking for her dream dog at the local animal shelter, teaching herself how to make craft cocktails, or working on her latest short film.
Michael Armanious received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011. He has worked in the software industry for over 25 years in various sales and program management positions. Currently, he is a business analyst and video producer. He also runs a business consultant firm, MA technology, produces educational videos for APN, and spends time volunteering with Young Men's Success Series, a life management program designed to give young men the necessary skills and perspective to efficiently build a successful life.
Miguel Nascimento, graduate of Arlington High School, heading to Hofstra University in the fall to study Film, Video & TV Production. I first caught the film bug at Phillips Academy after joining the Film Club and being cast in their feature length film due to come out this fall. It is my goal to be a Film actor and I have so far been cast in one feature film: Slender Man (2018) and one short film: Sunlit (2018). My backup plan it to work in the Film industry in any capacity available. As an intern at AMCi I am learning all aspects of TV program production including, editing, filming, camera work, audio control, lighting setup, and stage set up. It has been a great experience and the staff are very supportive.
I’m Mitchell McLeod from Bozeman, Montana. I am a rising junior studying advertising and marketing at Boston University. Outside of school, I am the vice-president of my fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, and I am also a part of our on-campus sexual assault prevention organization, 16,000 Strong. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercise, and hiking. I am also an ardent writer, be it poetry, screenplays, or fiction. While here over the summer, I will be a news intern with a concentration on sports. I have always been interested in journalism and I am an avid sports fan, so I am thankful that ACMi provides me an opportunity to combine these two facets of my life while gaining invaluable professional experience.
As the first Executive Director of Arlington Community Media Inc., Norm brings a great deal of strength and diversity of experience from the corporate, academic and non-profit environments. He was the Executive Director for Community Television of the Southern Berkshires in Lee, Mass. where he successfully re-built that station and worked closely with five Western Massachusetts communities served by the station. He served as Media Director for Cazenovia College in Central New York and earlier was the Director of Radio and Television at Northeastern University in Boston. Norm also worked in television equipment sales as well as local audio-visual production houses in the Boston area. He received his Masters degree in Television and Radio Production from Syracuse University, after which he was a news director for the U.S. military. He began his community access career in a small cable station in Newburg, N.Y., and later was a producer for the New York State Educational Television Network.You can contact Norm at email@example.com.
Ottoson Media Group is a collection of youth producers who attend Arlington's Ottoson Middle School. They have their own studio but also work on field shoots with Arlington Community Media, Inc. and create high quality productions including the 2017 show Teens Cook.
Paul serves as co-anchor of Arlington Public News. As a 26-year Arlington resident, Paul is keenly interested in town issues and events. He is thrilled to be a part of the Arlington Public News team, while pursuing a long-time interest in broadcast journalism. Professionally, Paul works in the telecommuications field. In college, he studied communications and public relations. He grew up in both the U.S. and abroad. Some of his interests include music -- he has been a singer with the Arlington-based Mystic Chorale since 1997 -- history, travel, architecture, and the outdoors.
Long a believer that all issues are local, Peter Bermudes is tickled to be a part of the Arlington Public News team. He aspires to present issues and stories that will empower as well as inform Arlingtonians, and is grateful that he gets to learn so much along the way.
Sara Alfaro-Franco became News Director for ACMi’s Arlington Public News (APN) in July 2012. For the previous two years she served as the ACMi Government Access Coordinator. Sara, an Arlington Studio and ACMi volunteer for a decade prior to her hiring, was involved in many productions during that time as producer, director, editor, camera operator, production assistant, crew member, and coffee fetcher. As a filmmaker, she has a passion for videography, oral history, involvement in her community, and opportunities for learning and teaching. At the ACMi Awards in June 2010, Sara garnered the highest producer award, Best Overall Producer. You can contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lifelong Arlington resident, Sean Keane is ACMi’s Government & Programming Coordinator. He first came to ACMi as a high school intern in 2009, taking on additional duties as Program Editor & Scheduling Assistant in 2011. Working concurrently at Cambridge Community Television as their part-time Operations Assistant, Sean has amassed over seven years of experience in public access television. As ACMi’s Government Access Coordinator, he manages the coverage of Arlington’s many local meetings, elections and the annual Town Meeting, and is always looking to generate new content for ACMi’s Government channel. You can contact Sean at email@example.com.
Sebastean Gonzalez-Johnson is a senior at Tufts University studying Film & Media and Entrepreneurship. Although Sebastean enjoys camera work and post-production, being an on-screen personality aligns more with his ambitions. Using the skills he's acquired at ACMi as a complement to his business background, Sebastean's ultimate goal is to develop his own media agency that would allow him to create marketing and advertising campaigns for clients while having the ability to produce content.
Vishakha is a graduate journalism student at Emerson College. She hails from New Delhi, India and received training in Broadcast Journalism at NDTV Ltd., a national media organization. She developed a keen interest in production and politics during her time there. Since joining Emerson as a graduate student, Vishakha has covered politics and government, with a special emphasis on immigration. At ACMi, she works in Public Affairs with Producer Sara Alfaro-Franco.
Walter Locke grew up in Dayton, Ohio and had nothing whatsoever to do with film or video, though he appeared in a short broadcast series about science for kids. He graduated from Ramona High school in Riverside, CA in 1967 and entered college in Cambridge, MA that fall.
While on leave from college from 1970-74, he produced a feature-length documentary about the US-backed coup against Chilean President, Salvador Allende. His researcher/writer, Charles Horman, was murdered in Chile in October 1973 and became the focus of the 1982 Costa Gavras feature film, Missing, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, and John Shea. Walter’s documentary was used by the cast of Missing as reference material. Walter’s movie, Avenue of the Americas, was invited to compete in the 1977 Academy Awards.
Joining the ACMi staff in November 2006, as Community Outreach Coordinator, Walter witness the fast and furious development and evolution of a small cable access TV station to the sophisticated and much praised community media hub it is today. After retiring from his position in January 2014, Walter has kept his hand (and heart) in at ACMi, producing specials on his own and short subjects with Studio Knights. Walter now serves as an unsolicited evangelist for the company with which he spent seven wonderful years as Outreach Coordinator—a title happily relinquished to the brilliant James Milan in 2014.
Hi there! I’m Zach Merchant and I’m going to be a senior at Tufts in the fall. In school, I study political science and business. Outside of the classroom, I spend most of my time on the Mystic River rowing for the Tufts men’s rowing team. I’ve always been passionate about journalism, and working at ACMi has offered me a chance to take that passion and put it to work—I’m looking forward to what lies in store this summer!