Congratulations Election Winners!
Congratulations Janine Fleri, Art Bell, and Rik Palieri, who have been elected to the 2019 VCAM Board of Directors!
Read their bios below!
Thank you for voting!
Art Bell founded Dreamlike Pictures in 2008, a marketing agency uniquely focused on television commercials, music videos, digital signage, and branded video content.
Prior, he was CTO of Oxygen Media Television, New York. Co-founded with Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey, and The Walt Disney Company.
Before Oxygen, Bell was co-founder of Alias Research, Toronto, heading the development of Alias and Maya 3D, the world leader for 3D animation & special effects for motion pictures, television and gaming.
For the last six years Bell was initially on the Board of CCTV (Ch. 17) and then for the last two on VCAM’s Board focusing mainly on Strategic Planning for PEG viability in Vermont and marketing of VCAM to our community.
Dreamlike Pictures is an award-winning creative services company focused exclusively on video storytelling. They have recently created television campaigns for IBM, Vesta, Dartmouth Hitchcock, and Harley Davidson as well as brand films for Burton Snowboards, the University of Vermont, Hunger Vermont, Green Mountain Surgery Center, and music videos for Marion Bernardo, and the Cush, as well as numerous short films.
Janine Fleri is a communications professional, conceptual artist, wannabe cartoonist, and all-around nerd that worked in independent film and corporate television for over a decade before shifting to the nonprofit sector. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College where she focused on creative writing and film studies, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School. After almost ten years in NYC, she returned to Vermont in 2012 and became a VCAM member as a music video producer and b-movie event host. She then joined their Development and Outreach Committee in 2016 and the Board of Directors in 2017. As a Board member, she serves on the Strategic Planning Committee as well as various ad hoc committees. If re-elected, she will continue contributing her voice and insight to the evolution of the Media Factory as a thoughtful and engaged Board member. Janine is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Community Health Centers of Burlington. Her full credentials are available at j9fleri.com. She neither owns nor knows how to operate a motorcycle.
Most folks know me through the musical part of my life, as a performer, author and TV host. But there is a lot more to my story then just my involvement in music. Over the years I have also been involved in many community grassroots events and organizations. Mentored by Pete and Toshi Seeger, they showed me that sometimes the impossible is possible!
Through them, I was able to become a festival organizer. I founded the Festival of Blueberries in Perth Amboy, NJ in the 1970s to help benefit the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, helping in its mission to clean up the river and take care of our environment.
In the 1990s, in between doing a nationwide performance program of school assembles, I developed an International Folks Arts Tour sponsored by Polish Lot Airlines that served to help struggling artists and small folk communities during the times of economic adjustments after the Berlin wall came down.
Here in Vermont, I worked as a touring artist through the Vermont Arts Council and also have served as a board member for the Champlain Valley Folk Festival and the The Vermont International Festival. I have organized a monthly free music jam at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg and recently I created the Great Vermont Barn Dance Facebook Live Stream Show to give musicians, storytellers and dancers a worldwide showcase to celebrate our unique Vermont folk and country traditions.
This year I have been able to serve on the VCAM board. It has been both challenging and exhilarating to work with this group of creative minds who are looking towards the future, developing ways to continue to use community access in today’s rapidly developing world of social media. This year also marks twenty years of my connection with VCAM as a TV producer for my show The Songwriter's Notebook and now as a radio host for my new show Folk Talk on WBTV-LP
Little did I know how these shows would change my life. Through VCAM I was able to learn the skills of TV production, interviewing and editing. With the radio show I am learning new technical skills as I build stronger roots to this region and share my love of music and storytelling both locally and internationally.