YouTube Update: “Introduction to the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation”
Our YouTube channel started last spring, inspired by continuing our programming during lockdown since we couldn’t offer our usual guided walks, volunteer projects, and other in-person opportunities. Over the past months, we have continued to produce informative and educational video content for the community through this platform.
The latest addition to our YouTube offerings is “Introduction to the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.” This video discusses our mission, the value of the Fells, and gives a brief overview of our programs and offerings. The video also features excerpts from Executive Director Chris Redfern and ‘Babes in the Woods’ program leader Diana Lomakin.
And just a reminder: our “My Middlesex Fells” video feature series is still seeking participants:
We want to hear about your unique relationship to the Fells! If you’re interested in sharing your own personal experiences with our community, contact us. We also welcome your own submissions to the My Fells Project we launched last year, featuring your own artistic interpretations of the Fells.
Click the icon below to visit our YouTube channel for much more content!
Friends of the Fells launches new “My Middlesex Fells” video feature
Each of us has our own distinctive relationship to the Fells, and every experience we have visiting the Fells can be completely unique from the last. This new video project from our intern Dexter Fadness attempts to capture some of the diversity of those experiences.
The first video in the series features Friends of the Fells board Chair Jeff Buxbaum, who talks about his own realization of this diversity and the joy of getting lost in the Fells.
We want to hear about your unique relationship to the Fells! If you’re interested in sharing your own personal experiences with our community, contact Dexter at email@example.com. We also welcome your own submissions to the My Fells project we launched last year, featuring your own artistic interpretations of the Fells.
The Friends of the Fells are pleased to welcome our 2021 Video Production Interns Dexter Fadness and Paige Colley to our staff this summer. Dexter and Paige both bring media production experience and a love of the outdoors to the positions, and we are very excited to work with them over the next few months!
“When I was younger, I spent countless hours wandering the Fells with my Great Dane, Thea. Living in Winchester, just minutes from the reservation, we were in there every day, and when she died we scattered her ashes along her favorite trail. It is that connection and intimacy that I bring as the Friends of Fells’ new video intern. As a recent graduate from Bard College with a degree in Film and Electronic Arts, I have cultivated knowledge of writing, directing, editing, and producing video content. Those skills, and my experience working with veteran filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt and Charles Burnett, will be put into action developing the Friends of the Fells video presence and sharing what makes the Fells so special.”
Paige during the 2019 Concord Cheese parade posing in front of a 1,000 pound wheel of cheese.
“Hi everyone! My name is Paige and I’m looking forward to working with Friends of the Fells this summer. I’m originally from Anchorage, Alaska, where I enjoyed all sorts of outdoor activities from hiking to kayaking to skiing. I did my undergrad at NYU studying physics, although I have an appreciation for all things science, from astronomy to biology. I recently finished my journalism MS at BU, and am looking forward to staying in Massachusetts for a while and getting to know the Fells better.”
The first project that the interns will focus on this summer is a “Community Highlight” series featuring personal narratives from individuals with a love for the Fells. And for this video series, we need your participation:
What does the Fells mean to you? COVID mental health walks? Pet exercise? Fun with friends? A biological laboratory? Whatever your answer, we need YOU for a new video series. We are seeking on-camera participants who highlight the diversity of the Fells community, both in demographics (age, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual and gender orientation) and activity (biking, research, hiking, boating, restraining your dog from jumping in the reservoir). 😊 The Friends of the Fells welcomes everyone to this special natural resource.
We’re looking for an hour or two of your time to explore your Fells experience, filming content that will be edited into short videos.
If you would like to participate, or you know someone who would be perfect for this project, you can contact Dexter Fadness at 845-399-6662, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing this project come together, and to all the new content that they produce this summer!