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Videogram ALERT

October 12, 2020


Two Events Upcoming This Week....

To attend either event listed below, send your name, email, and phone number to

  • Thursday, October 15
GENERAL MEETING: Our guest speaker, Dr. Mike Gonzales, screenwriter, director, and Cinema and Media Arts Professor at Biola University in La Mirada, will explain “How to Write A Story That Others Will Want to Hear.”  7 pm. See our club website for full details.
  • Saturday, October 17

CLASS (1 Session): “Multi-Track PC Video Editing with Corel Video Studio.” . Session presumes some familiarity with Corel Video Studio. Instructor: Dr. Tom Nash, 10 am.


Our Fall-Winter 2020 Learning Opportunities Schedule is now available to view and download on our website.



The 2021 Goldies Short Video Contest GUIDELINES AND ENTRY FORM are now available to view and download on our website. The entry deadline is Monday, February 1, 2021.



New monthly video-making Forums will begin soon on Zoom for Windows PC and Apple device users.  Check the website for details. The PC Forum starts Monday, November 16, for users of Corel VideoStudio. The Apple Forum starts Wednesday, December 2, for iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer users.

“A Bit of History” – Historian and Past-President Norma Benner recalls how the Video Club developed “Hands-On Instruction in Video Editing” in this addition to her website column, “A Bit of History.”

Let's Start Thinking About Film Festivals

Publicity Director Lucy Parker has been asked to locate resources for a Zoom-enabled General Meeting to be presented early next year, focusing on film festivals – attending them – and possibly entering them. If you're a film festival buff, please contact Lucy ( with any suggestions. For a club devoted to video -- often called the defining medium of our times -- we've left a big hole in our programming.
In the spring of 2015, a car full of Video Club members drove to San Diego to attend the International Mobile Film Festival, following a presentation by Susy Botello, the festival's founder, at our November 20, 2014, General Meeting. With that one exception, the Video Club has pretty much failed to encourage member participation in these leading-edge cultural events. Too bad for us, since Southern California is rich in film festivals – some of them widely-known, others focused locally or on special interests. 
Ironically, the COVID crisis has made film festivals much more readily available as many of them have now gone online. This Voice of OC article, published October 9, reviews COVID movie-watching in Orange County. Scroll down to the section headed “Film Festivals Going Virtual” and you may be surprised. Unfortunately, many of of us may have missed the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival (October 1-11), an event that normally draws 75,000 attendees. But there are still the OC Film Fiesta (October 15-25) and the Coast Film Festival (November 12-22), plus more. And, according to the October 11 Times OC, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, “one of the largest environmental film festivals in the country,” ordinarily held in Costa Mesa, will return for its third year on October 17 in virtual format. For more information about this festival, visit
Let's see if we can enrich our video appreciation and video-making by tapping into some of these resources.


Join the Video Club – or Renew Your Membership

New members who join the Video Club during the rest of this year will have their membership extended through 2021! If you're a current member, now is also a good time to renew – while you're thinking about it.
Click here to download a membership form. Then complete it and mail your check to Membership Director Marsha Berman! Your support will be greatly appreciated.

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