The Open Media Foundation
June News from the Open Media Foundation

June 2010
In this Issue
First Friday at Denver Open Media
Member & Volunteer Picnic
Producer Training & Orientation
Member Spotlight: Sister Who
Paid Internship Opportunities
Youth Production Group
Video Spotlight
Check out the latest video created by the Open Media Foundation for Denver Kids Inc.
Quick Links
Upcoming Classes/Events
DOM Help Desk Hours
Thursdays 4:30-6pm

1st Annual Member & Volunteer Picnic
June 6, Sunday, 1-3pm

First Friday at Denver Open Media

June 7, Friday, 8-10pm

Final Cut Pro Workshop
June 12, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm

Your Voice. Your Media
June 16, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm

DOM Producer Training and Orientation
June 16, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm

Field Production Workshop
June 26, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm

On-Camera Teleprompter Workshop
June 29, Tuesday, 6-9pm

Holiday Closing:
July 3, Saturday, All Day
First Friday at Denver Open Media

On the first Friday of most months, DOM host a free community event that spotlights local performance groups, musical acts, and nonprofit organizations. These events are broadcast live on Comcast channel 57 and re-broadcast on channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online.

Next Event: Friday, June 4th 8-10pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

This month, join us for a night of
visual and aural stimulation as we kick off the month of June with, "The Hidden Power of Queer".  Check your expectations at the door and gather this Friday in Studio A for a truly memorable experience! 

Free and open to the public, yet seating is limited so be sure to come early...and bring some cash for the bar!

Summertime Fun at Sloan's Lake

Our 1st Annual Member & Volunteer Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 6th from 1-3pm at Sloan's Lake Park.  Kick off your summer with a picnic for all members, volunteers and interns! There will be games, food, contests and prizes, including a DOM Unlimited Membership, tickets to the Denver Art Museum, Buntport Theater and more. OMF will provide burgers (including veggie burgers), hot dogs, condiments, soft drinks and plates.  Please bring a potluck dish to share.  If you haven't already, please RSVP to  We hope you can join us for a fun afternoon of games, food and giveaways!

DOM Producer Training and Orientation

The web department at the Open Media Foundation is constantly at work making improvements to the site. With your feedback, we are able to improve your experience at  Join us to test-out the latest developments and learn about upcoming features. There will also be time to have other general questions and concerns addressed.

New to Denver Open Media? This session will provide you with the training you will need to register for classes, make reservations and submit programming.

Sessions will be held in the FCP Computer Lab the first and third Wednesday evening of every month from 6:30-7:30pm beginning on June 26th and running through the month of August. Please send your RSVP for the date you wish to attend to

Member Spotlight: Sister Who

Sister Who is probably one of the most recognizable faces on Denver Open Media.  A longtime community producer since the early nineties, Sister Who remains one of our most prolific producers to date.  For this month's Member Spotlight, Reverend Denver NeVaar (aka Sister Who) took the time to answer some questions about this unique and intriguing show.
Sister Who Presents
How did you begin producing videos?
Beginning in January of 1991, I was an actor within experimental theater productions.  In June of that same year, my ministerial alter-ego of Sister Who was officially created and basic ideas for an ongoing television show came together slowly over the course of the next twelve months. 

The show retains its original name of "Sister Who Presents" (that's preSENTS, as in "to bring before the public... to offer to bring to one's attention") and was first cablecast in November of 1992.  The focus and intent of the show has always been a deeper but common sense look at issues of life and/or spirituality which would hopefully provide food for thought, without insisting upon any particular system of doctrine or dogma. Specifically because "Sister Who Presents" is not a news show but strives for timeless information and insight, episodes recorded many years ago continue to be replayed and experienced by new generations of viewers as being just as fresh and new as when they were first recorded.

What is the message of your show?
Among the many possible messages of the show are such oft-repeated principles as "a person is a person is a person" (thank you, Dr. Seuss) and "it is not so important how you love, live honestly, constructively understand various ideas, positively relate to others, or experience God as that in fact you do (love, live, understand, relate, experience, etc.)"  No sacrilege, spoof, satire, or devaluing of anyone else's opinion or perspective is ever intentionally done.  Rather, the show is about the genuine ministry and spiritual service of Sister, who is primarily concerned with nurturing personal and spiritual growth.

What do you do outside of producing videos?
When not engaged in video production, I am a doctoral student (having finished a Master's degree in Theological Studies, I am now working on a self-designed PhD in Human Services), writer (one published novel and other manuscripts in process), artist, songwriter (three albums of original songs thus far), interfaith minister (personally gravitating toward an eclectic form of mysticism), and theater person.

How do you prepare for your show?
With regard to preparation for production, I cannot overstate the importance of pre-production planning.  Everything that can be planned or determined ahead of time should be, because there are inevitably always unpredictable circumstances that arise, to which a producer can more effectively respond if other details have already been decided.

Why is your voice important?
I believe the voice of Sister Who is essential because it is inclusive, honest, deeply thought-provoking, and happy to address many subjects for which there is an obvious need of discussion, but no public discussion seems to be happening.  Additionally, I am approached by viewers quite often, whose first words are gratitude for my show's production and distribution, followed by earnest requests to never stop, due to the various forms of empowerment the show brings to them.
listen to them.  I'm not saying you need to agree with everything, but they do deserve a listen.

Click here to view all online episodes of Sister Who Presents.
Reminder: The Open Media Foundation Offers Paid Internships for Young Adults

The Open Media FoundationPaid Internship Position has recently received funding to support young parents and individuals with children learn more about media production.  This particular internship will cover several different aspects of television/video production and will allow participants to tell their own story.  Interns will earn up to $1000 and gain valuable production skills. 

Requirements include:
* Applicants must be between the ages of 16-24
* Applicants must have a child
* Applicants must commit to working 12 hours a week
* Applicants must commit to working a total of 205 hours

Interested individuals can apply here or call Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish at 720-222-0159 ext. 207 for more information.
Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group: Open Media Generation

Spotlight On StudentsAbout the group:  Do you know a student who dreams of being on TV?  How about working behind the scenes?  If so, they should join Denver Open Media's FREE Youth Production Group!

Finally, the Youth Group is meeting weekly!  Now, anyone between the ages of 12-19 can plan to stop by any Wednesday from 3:30-6pm to join the fun.

Participants will alternate between learning field, studio and editing techniques.  Students will learn how to produce youth-related content and will help solicit new youth-related programs.  Please check out our website for more information or email

We are always looking for food donations to help keep our youth fed and alert during trainings/productions, please let us know if you have suggestions or information about youth group sponsorships.