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Saving Top Value Television: Alternative Documentation of American Cultural History and Politics
Julie Widholm, University of California, Berkeley

Grant details:

Digitization project reveals unseen ‘guerrilla’ footage that revolutionized TV (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Daphne White
Publication: Berkeleyside
Date: 7/18/2018
Abstract: TVTV, short for Top Value Television, was a collective of Bay Area video makers that included about 30 people, mostly in their 20s, and mostly without any formal training in video, film, journalism or documentary-making. The collective’s initial goal was to go behind the scenes of the 1972 Democratic and Republican conventions. They were the equivalent of today’s millennials with cell phones, wanting to tell their story and show their truth about the world. Approximately 400 hours of analog videos are being restored and digitized by the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). The restoration is funded by a recent $220,537 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.