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Community - 2011


Traditionally, public television has produced content and sent it out to the community. Now we're looking for community groups to produce their own content on issues that concern them. Below is a sampling of past and present community projects undertaken by the Hamilton Commons.


If your organization is interested working with the Hamilton Commons, contact us at 215-351-3318.




Community Projects


Risk Assessment Program

Fox Chase Cancer Center started a genetic screening program for cancer, twenty years ago, called the Risk Assessment Program. In honor of the program, they celebrated the many successes the program has had in detecting and predisposing patients to cancer. Fox Chase partnered with the Public Media Commons to help four families share their stories about going through the program and dealing with cancer.
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Rosemont College

The Public Media Commons partnered with Rosemont College to offer a course in developing book trailers, promotional videos for books, for graduate students enrolled in the publishing program at the college. PMC staff taught courses in developing and creating book trailers, and the students conceptualized, shot, and edited their own trailer for a book of their choice. Many of the trailers have been optioned by the publishers in order to promote the books.
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Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

The Public Media Commons collaborated with the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to offer a special course in branding and messaging for small businesses in the area, to learn about producing video to convey messages about their companies.
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University of the Sciences of Philadelphia

For the Spring 2011 semester, Dr. Claudia Parvanta, of the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, and the Public Media Commons partnered to develop a special course for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about health communication and produce public service announcements about important health topics. The students came to the Public Media Commons for five sessions, learning video production. They wrote, shot, acted, and edited their own public service announcements.
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Gift and Grace:
Stories of Orthodox Clergy and their Wives

These interviews with Fr Serge and Faith Kuharsky, produced by Fr John Shimchick, are the first installment in part of a larger project to document the oral histories of senior clergy of the Orthodox Church in America. The series hopes to explore the sense of gift and the mystery of grace that uphold both marriage and ministry.
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Holocaust Oral Histories

The Public Media Commons partnered with the Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Cherry Hill, NJ to preserve the stories and memories of survivors of the Holocaust. These videos will live at the museum and be used with the other educational materials and services that the museum provides to the community.
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Coping with Urban Violence:
Videos produced by "Healing Hurt People"

These videos were produced by staff from Healing Hurt People, a program of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, affiliated with the Emergency Department at Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine, and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, to present the stories of young people who have been victims of physical assault, stabbing, and physical assault. The videos focus on the feelings they experienced before, during and after their violent incident, as well as how the S.E.L.F. (which stands for Self, Emotions, Loss and Future) support groups they are part of, help them recover and develop a supportive community. This project was made possible with a grant from ITVS. Watch videos »




Adult Documentary



The Pinelands Under Seige

New Jersey's Pinelands National Reserve is 1.1 million acres of pristine, idyllic forestry, wetlands, and pine barrens is one of America's national treasures. Locals cherish the area for the peacefulness and serenity it offers for families, hikers, bikers, naturists, and ecologists. Now, however, there is a very serious threat to the Pinelands, motorbike and off road truck riders are challenging the preservation efforts of individuals and groups who seek to preserve all the Pinelands has to offer. Produced by Albert D. Horner
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Rose O'Neill

Rose O'Neill was one of America's first female illustrators and cartoonists, pioneering the way for other young women to enter a predominantly male dominated profession. Linda Rogers, an illustrator, animator, and cartoonist herself, chronicles Rose's humble beginnings and ascension to become of the most well respected illustrators of her time, and her impact on popular culture for generations to come.
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Sri Lankan Cooking

Sonja Griffin produced this video as part of the Introduction to Documentary video course. The video highlights the art of Sri Lankan cooking demonstrated through preparation of a traditional meal by Disna Weerasinghe, a local resident and author The Fine Art of Sri Lankan Cooking.
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