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Channels: Stories from the Niagara Frontier

What if local activist groups had another voice? A voice in the form of video outlets? Most activist groups don’t have the money to go out and purchase video equipment. Then there’s the training of someone on staff to operate the equipment. 

Money and time. Those are two major commodities that most non-profit organizations just don’t the ability to spare. That’s why Squeaky Wheel is teaming up local filmmakers with activist groups that are in desperate need of filmmaking services. “Squeaky Wheel is inviting the community to the premiere screening for our Channels program,” said Goda Trakumaite, Director of Programming & Outreach @ Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources. “It’s a production initiative that matches up local filmmakers with the area’s activist groups to make short documentaries about significant local issues. This year’s videos were made in collaboration with Buffalo First!, Erie County Fair Housing Partnership, and Mental Health Peer Connection, and highlight Buffalo’s local living economy, the city’s history of segregation and civil rights activism, and issues faced by people labeled as mentally ill.”
Over the past four years Squeaky Wheel has produced twelve short films, while working hand-in-hand with organizations that include Native American Community Services, Journey’s End Refugee Services, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. 
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The following video is a preview for Not Without Us, a documentary premiering at the upcoming Channels Premiere Event featuring three new documentaries created by area filmmakers, for local community organizations:

Channels 2013 Preview: Not Without Us from Squeaky Wheel on Vimeo.

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( www.blurb.com ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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