Non-profit Organizations

Cradle to Career

The Sonoma County Office of Education recently hosted a quarterly meeting of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, attended by County School Superintendents from all over the state. One of the highlights of the meeting was a panel discussion on the Cradle to Career Initiative recently implemented here. Because Cradle to Career is such a divergent concept, they wanted to introduce the audience to it through the stories and thoughts of those people “on the front lines.”

At their request, we produced this video which was presented prior to a lively panel discussion of this ground-breaking initiative.

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Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County: Thanking Our Families

The Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County opened its first subdivision in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood in 2005, with the express purpose of providing self-sustainably affordable housing for working families in Sonoma County, that otherwise could not afford to be homeowners in the cities and towns where they worked. It’s a model that has proven wildly successful since then, with multiple families transitioning into and out of Land Trust homes, all at below-market rates. And best of all, all of this with no financial investment by the Land Trust in any home beyond the original construction.

In celebration of these accomplishments, the Housing Land Trust wanted to say “thank you” to the families they serve, and we were asked to produce three videos specifically for that purpose. These videos center on four of the Housing Land Trust’s subdivisions in three communities:

Kali Subdivision in Santa Rosa (2005):

 

Southgate Subdivision in Petaluma (2007):

 

Sonata and Sorrento Square Subdivisions, Healdsburg:

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Santa Rosa Symphony Music Education

The Santa Rosa Symphony is the resident orchestra at the Green Music Center in Sonoma County, and calls Weill Hall (a world-class concert hall virtually identical to Tanglewood) its home. The Symphony has a very strong commitment to music in local schools with a wide array of programs starting with second and third-graders (“Simply Strings) and going all the way through programs for high school students and beyond. While their patrons are aware of these programs, many of them are pretty much unknown outside of the Symphony supporters. The Symphony came to us to produce several videos designed to introduce their programs to the general public and encourage local support.

This is one of the ones we created for them.

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2014 Leaders of the North Bay

All of our Leaders of the North Bay videos are available for viewing on our special Leaders of the North Bay channel on Vimeo.

The 2014 Leaders of the North Bay have been announced and awards presented at this year’s celebratory luncheon by the North Bay Leadership Council.  We were pleased to be asked again this year to produce videos highlighting the five awardees:

  • Jim Farley, “Caught In The Act of Leadership”
  • Willie Tamayo, “We’re All In This Together”
  • Marin Sanitary Service, “Paint the Community Green”
  • The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, “The Light Bulb Went On”
  • La Luz Center, “Empowering the Latino Community”
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KRCB-TV: Expressions Series

Over the years, we’ve produced quite a number of short, 1-3 minute “interstitial” videos for local PBS station KRCB-TV. These are short videos that typically go into the three minute slot at the end of a half hour show (which actually only runs 27 minutes.) The Expressions series was created to celebrate the places and people that make Sonoma County such a special place, have have covered all manner of topics, from local dance and theater groups, to hiking and biking trails.

While it was a great deal of fun creating these, it’s even more fun to be able to share them. Enjoy!

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COTS: Overcoming Obstacles to a Bright Future

It’s been a number of years now that we’ve been producing videos for Petaluma’s Committee on the Shelterless (COTS). Each year’s video takes center stage at their annual fundraising breakfast, to tell the story of those who have benefited from COTS services, and those families whose futures are bright thanks to the learning and resources COTS provides.

This year marks twenty-five years that COTS has been making a difference in peoples’ lives, and in addition to chronicling the hardships and new hope of a young mother and daughter, we also took a look back at the beginnings of COTS and acknowledged all the people who contribute so much to its success.

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2013 Leaders of the North Bay

The North Bay Leadership Council asked us to produce five videos in the fall of 2013, honoring their 2013 “Leaders of the North Bay” award recipients. The months of September and October saw us in multiple locations throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties capturing interviews with such luminaries as author Tom Peters, and locations such as center stage at the magnificent Weill Hall in the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State campus. The 2013 recipients are:

  • Pam Chanter, “Caught In The Act of Leadership”
  • Linda Davis, “We’re All In This Together”
  • Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association, “Paint the Community Green”
  • Autodesk, Inc, “The Light Bulb Went On”
  • Canal Alliance, “Empowering the Latino Community”

The videos we produced for these five are below. Enjoy!

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Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County

The Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County changes lives and communities in a way that very few other organizations in the country do: they make it possible for working families to afford to own a home in the communities in which they serve. This is not “low income” housing, but rather housing tailored to the financial needs of teachers, police officers, firefighters, mail carriers and other solid members of the community who just don’t make quite enough money to live where they work. Best of all, the Housing Land Trust model is self-sustaining! Once a home has been constructed and brought into the program, no further subsidies are needed to keep it in the program for multiple homeowners.

We are pleased to support their great work in the form of two videos. The first tells the story of several families and their experience with the Housing Land Trust.

 

The second video, tells how the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County came to be, and how the model works.

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Who’s Who Revue!

Way back in the late 1990’s the Petaluma Valley Rotary Club sponsored an annual fund-raiser known as the “Who’s Who Star Revue,” which was an outrageously fun (and funny!) lip sync show featuring local celebrities in costumed, choreographed numbers. It ran for six years, from 1996 through 2001, and may have actually launched the show business careers of, of . . .   well, we’re not sure.

One thing is for sure – the Who’s Who Revue lives on in the memories of those who participated and witnessed it. Fortunately, we were on hand for five of those six years to capture the hilarity for posterity. Here for your enjoyment is a 7 minute sampler of memorable Who’s Who numbers from years gone by.

P.S. All six previous shows, 1996-2001, are available for order on DVD from our storefront on this website.

 

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2013 Petaluma Community Foundation Grantees

We were pleased to have the opportunity recently to produce a short video profiling the non-profit organizations receiving grants from the Petaluma Community Foundation.  Petaluma has many very high quality non-profit organizations and a local community base that supports their works. If you are a donor, however, it’s not always easy to select which ones you would like to actively support with donations, because of the sheer number of worthy organizations available. The Petaluma Community Foundation removes that speedbump by doing the due diligence work to identify those local nonprofits most in need of assistance for various programs. As a donor then, all that is necessary is to donate to a single point: the Petaluma Community Foundation and know that your moneyis being sent locally where it most needs to go.

Here for your enjoyment is the video that we produced for them this year.

 

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