Friday, September 25, 2009

Greetings everyone,

Please join me this Tuesday at 9pm on channel 19 for the premiere broadcast of  The Colony Farm Orchard, a video essay I recently produced on a 54 acre piece of property many people don’t even know about. 

The video is the first part in a series examining major issues surrounding Western Michigan University’s intentions to expand the Business, Technology and Research Park onto the Colony Farm Orchard. Part 1 explores the tumultuous history of the property, previous attempts to develop it, and an earlier attempt to remove the restrictions on the land. Interviews with representatives from Western Michigan University, the Asylum Lake Preservation Association, and the Oakland Drive/Winchell Neighborhood Association, as well as former State Senator Jack Welborn and current State Representative Robert Jones, shed light on the inner workings behind this controversial, community debate.

I’m producing the video independently and calling it an “Environmental Report”. Part II is in the works and will address the intrinsic character of the land as well as the implications of development. 

See the attached flyer for repeat broadcast information. 

Enjoy the show! And go visit the Orchard!

Matt Clysdale

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