Community Collaboration is Key
NOVAC has continued its efforts to involve racially and economically diverse communities in television production and community programming. By collaborating with local social service agencies and low-income citizens to produce TV projects on housing, literacy, health care and other issues of importance to their communities, NOVAC has provided a voice to the full spectrum of our city’s citizens. In January 2005, NOVAC and the Tipitina’s Foundation of New Orleans Music Office partnered to offer video editing, music recording, mixing and other training services for video producers, filmmakers and musicians.Shortly after Hurricane Katrina caused a levee system failure in New Orleans on August 29th, 2005, NOVAC organized a group of local filmmakers to create a series of short documentaries on post-Katrina New Orleans from a local point of view. The project gained global attention and quickly exceeded 1,000,000 views online and through dozens of screenings throughout the nation. One of the projects titled, The Drive: Lower 9th Ward, was nominated by the American Library Association Notable Videos for Adults list. Today, NOVAC continues that community collaboration in our content creation projects, as we look to the past for media inspiration on moving forward – currently we have two community-based and participatory modeled documentary projects, BetteR, which focuses on the recovery from disasters human and natural in Baton Rouge, and Post Coastal, which is returning to our coastal parishes to look at how Louisianans are adapting and innovating to combat climate change and coastal land loss.