Saturday, February 16, 2008

LOCAL TV SERIES NOW IN THIRD YEAR OF LOOKING BENEATH THE SURFACE

Thanks to Donald Larson for bringing this to my attention.

I have long been aware that our area has some of the best cold water diving in the world. I became even more aware of the beauty beneath our waters when I worked on the www.VisitKitsap.com website and added a page on diving.

The information below is great - a TV show that shows off our spectacular area as only a few ever see it.

Featuring unusual way to raise money for children's cancer research, "SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest" kicks off its third year as the only TV series to focus on what's underwater in the Pacific Northwest. "The beauty of this series," describes its producer, John F. Williams, "is that it lifts oceanography out of its scientific pigeonhole and carries it into the worlds of art and story-telling."

In video-magazine format, each episode of "SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest" features several underwater-themed videos by a
variety of producers. This first episode of 2008 offers a whirlwind tour of the prior two seasons as a tribute to the many videographers, photographers, musicians and artists who have contributed content to the show in 2006 and 2007.

That is followed by a mini-documentary about a diveathon, an underwater fundraiser in which relay teams of divers created a presence underwater for 24 continuous hours in Puget Sound near Redondo. "No-one wants to hear that children, in particular, have cancer," said event co-organizer Valerie Lyttle,
who is also an emergency room nurse and an underwater videographer. The amount of money raised by this small group of dedicated divers was astonishing.

"SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest" is a half-hour TV series produced by Suquamish, Washington resident and underwater videographer John F. Williams. "The point of this TV series is to introduce people in the Pacific Northwest to their underwater neighbors," said Williams, "it's the only thing like it in the region. The focus is on the Pacific Northwest, but a few videos from all over the globe are included, since similar issues are present in every ocean."

"We are altering our environment on such a huge scale that the oceans can no longer buffer us against our own mistakes," Williams continues, "so awareness of what's going on in our
waters is especially important now -- we need voters who are informed about this invisible environment."

Episode 13 will appear on 38 cable-access stations from British Columbia to Florida, from Vermont to southern California, reaching about three million homes. "SEA-Inside: Pacific
Northwest" is a non-profit project that provides a new half-hour TV show about the underwater world every other month.

For more information about the show and to learn when it will be airing in your area or how to see it streaming on the internet, visit the web site:

http://SEA-Inside.org

In Washington:
Bainbridge Island TV, Channel 12 (BITV)
Bremerton/Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) Kitsap County, Washington 6:00 p.m. on 1st and 3rd Mondays
Bellingham Channel 10 (BTV10) Whatcom County, Washington
Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) Pierce County, Washington 6:00 p.m. daily
Hood Canal Communications (Local Channel 46) (much of Mason County)
King County Television (KCTV) King County, Washington
Mount Vernon (TV-10) Mount Vernon, Washington
Portland Community Media (PCM) Portland metropolitan area
including Multnomah, Washington, Columbia, and Clackamas counties in Oregon, and Clark County Washington State
Port Townsend TV (PTTV) Jefferson County, Washington
Puget Sound Access (PSA-77) Southern King County, WA
Thurston Community Television (TCTV) Govt./Educ. Access, CH. 3 Olympia & Thurston County, Washington
Voice of Vashon (VOV) Vashon and Maury Islands, Washington
Yakima Educational and Sports Television (YES-TV) Yakima,
Washington

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