The Alliance for Community Media-Northeast Region recently awarded Haverhill Community Television’s Chris Bowden, program director, first place in the category of Community Impact.
The award came at the 13th annual Northeast Video Festival at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall.
The Northeast Region encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The 10-minute video titled “Weapon Violence’’ was created and produced in collaboration with the Violence Intervention and Prevention program (VIP) at Haverhill High School.
“I was very fortunate to work closely with the VIP team to produce an impactful public service announcement that focuses on the devastating consequences of choosing violence over other conflict resolutions,’’ Bowden said. “VIP came up with the concept, and I produced and directed the piece according to their goals and vision.’’
The VIP team is made up of a diverse group of high school students committed to preventing violence and promoting peace and within their school and community. Lori Curry, co-advisor of the group with Carol Ireland, has turned to HCTV for six years for guidance and support to create anti-violence videos.
“This year, we chose weapon violence as our focus because we were witnessing an increasing amount of coverage around tragic school events both locally and nationally,’’ Curry said. “According to the 2010 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 18 percent of students will carry a gun to school within a 30-day period. It is our goal to get students to think about their decisions and to understand that violence is never the right choice.’’
The ACM-NE rated all video submissions on the following criteria: Content, creativity, technical elements and the viewer’s overall reaction.
“We didn’t sugar coat what violence can do and how ugly it can be,’’ Bowden said. “As the director, I felt it was important to make this video realistic and to send a visually memorable message. I believe we accomplished that goal.’’