Longtime Arlington video expert Glenn Koenig is appealing to residents to help him produce an upcoming series of video segments focused on topics of local interest. The manager of Open Eyes Video said the series is to include:
* "Talking Trash in Arlington" -- a series to answer the questions everyone has about what to recycle and what not to, along with some news about upcoming changes;
* "Two Sides of a Current Problem" -- a look into why house break-ins in Arlington are on the rise and what we can do to change it;
* "Education Revolution" -- with so many changes today, can our education system change fast enough to keep up? If not, will our students graduate unprepared, even if they earn good grades while in school?
Koenig says he has many more ideas and projects. Since 2007, he has produced many video segments, on a volunteer basis, and posted them on YouTube. Now, he would like to present issues in more depth.
To do that, Koenig faces two challenges:
1. He wants to make sure his videos matter, so he wants feedback about what you have seen -- and what you want to see next; and
2. The 37-year town resident aims to make some income.
Last year, his YouTube videos began to have advertising. This year, he plans to end the ads. They annoy viewers, he said, and probably make more money for the advertisers than the amount he receives.
Koenig says he could apply for grants, but that takes time. He prefers to complete many short videos right away, instead of a long video every few years.
In addition, he wants to produce videos that the public wants to see, rather than to satisfy the requirements of some far-off grant-making institution.
Koenig has two requests -- your feedback and your financial support.
Could you contribute a small amount of money ($10, $25, $50 or so) each year and then tell him, from time to time, how he is doing?
He will continue to make videos about issues the public cares about, let the public know when he has produced a new one and use the money wisely.
Two important notes:
* Some have asked why he does not produce videos at ACMi. Koenig responds: Good video these days has more to do with time spent, rather than lots of expensive equipment. ACMi could loan equipment and provide training, but he does not need either. He has the equipment and more than 40 years of experience in video production.
ACMi cannot pay him for his time. If the studio did, it would cut back on resources for the many volunteers and students served. He helped start ACMi, and he believes strongly in its mission -- to provide a fully equipped studio and training for volunteers in town.
* Open Eyes Video is not a nonprofit; donations are not tax-deductible.
Koenig has looked into starting a nonprofit, but that involves significant overhead, including legal fees, insurance, auditing and filing numerous government forms. For now, he said, he prefers to serve the community.
If you itemize deductions and want to make a significant contribution, Koenig said he can likely work something out with an existing nonprofit organization in town. To donate directly and save his paying income tax on what he receives, you can sign a letter stating that you are not receiving any particular item or service from me. Your contribution will be treated as a gift, and he can put all of it to work right away.
This story was published Sunday, March 24, 2013.