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Causes: Arts & Culture, Citizen Participation, Film & Video, Philanthropy, Television, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: FC Public Media (formerly Fort Collins Public Access Network -FCPAN) will operate in the public interest by encouraging participation in civic life as well as fostering artistic and cultural expression. We will also facilitate better communication between non-profit organizations and the community they serve. We will energetically support all individuals as they explore their creativity through the media of public access television and website broadcasting. We will also serve as a balancing faction for the corporate presence in the media.

Target demographics: local nonprofits, artists, musicians and citizens of Fort Collins

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50+ community members through training programs

Geographic areas served: The Community Creative Center in Fort Collins, CO

Programs: HD camera training, video production programs, audio and lighting workshops, video editing mentorships, video services for local nonprofits.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Chris and FC Public Media on two projects. Chris is a talented, generous and kind person and a joy to work with. Let me tell you a story that demonstrates these qualities.

Last summer we joined forces to provide a summer bike camp and video project for students from underserved populations. We had 12 students participate Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm for two weeks. He offered his studio as a meeting point and loaned out his cameras to these students. I was nervous about sending his beautiful cameras home with these new apprentices, yet he was confident they would respect his property and do great things. He was right. They came back the next day and for the next two weeks enthused and proud of the products they created. The end result was a 5-minute video of these kids’ bike riding and video production experiences and a beautiful representation of the growth and challenges throughout the camp. It wasn’t always easy though.

One day Chris decided to meet us at the Poudre river to help take video footage of the kids frolicking in the water. He gave his GoPro to Juan who tossed it to Fabian who didn’t catch it as we all watched it sink to the bottom of the river. I freaked. He stayed calm. The kids frantically tried diving to the bottom of the river to find the camera with no luck. Then a woman came to us with a basket full of goggles (divine intervention?) which she loaned to our kids who immediately were able to find and retrieve the camera. Chris always remained calm and was gentle with the kids who felt especially responsible for the drowned camera. This was his demeanor throughout the two-week camp that allowed the campers to thrive and explore their creativity.

Chris provided an atmosphere of trust and belief in these kids which allowed them to create some remarkable results. They internalized their experiences on the bike, behind the camera and in the production studio. They learned about photo and video composition, video production and they learned to see the beauty of the world around them through the lens of his very expensive cameras.

Thanks, Chris and FC Public Media

Dot Dickerson
Bike Fort Collins Director of Youth Programs
970.443.1592

TreesWaterPeople

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Chris and FC Public Media has been an amazing resource to my filmmaking endeavors in Fort Collins. The nonprofit I work for, Trees, Water & People, has worked with FC Public Media in the past and we have always trusted them to support our work and mission. From going out into the field with us and taking photos, to renting out equipment for interviews, to providing critical feedback on projects, FC Public Media is an invaluable resource in the local Fort Collins community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FC Public Media is an amazing resource. Chris has been invaluable in training the Trees, Water & People staff how to take higher quality video. His sessions are highly interactive and informative and they are tailored to the organization's experience and background. Additionally, Chris is always willing to answer questions and give advice. We look forward to working with FC Public Media in the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Good people with good work ethic. This organization is a great community of people who are passionate about storytelling and helping others. Great opportunities to learn and become involved in the community in positive ways.

Jessica Kole M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FC Public Media went above and beyond to ensure our nonprofit's campaign video was exactly what we wanted to represent our organization. They shared great suggestions and showed professionalism in all of their business partnership efforts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FC Public Media has helped progress my career in film emensly. The owner Chris Winslow has played a monumental role in my growth as a videographer. Not only that, I've been able to learn so much about different gear by renting stuff out at a very affordable price. FC Public Media cares about the community and they're passionate about helping aspiring videographers.cant say enough good things about them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

FCPM is a valuable asset to the community in a number of ways. If you're interested in any aspect of video production FCPM has the equipment and staff to get you stared and the expertise to assist professionals and everyone in between. It has worked with many local not profits in getting their message out. One of the most important ways FCPM contributes to the community is in the way that funding from the city means FCPM is able to provide matching grants to defer production costs for eligible local nonprofits.
The Board, made up local volunteers, meets on the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings are fun and informative and open to everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fort Collins Public Media is a well run Video Production facility serving Larimer County. The people are great, very willing to help and serve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became familiar with FC Public Media after my mother became a member of the board. She has always had an interest in camera work and editing and putting a show together. It wasn't until earlier this year (2018) that I got the chance to work more directly with FCPM. I work at Old Firehouse Books, the local indie bookshop in Fort Collins, as the Event Coordinator. FC Public Media (via my mother, of course) approached me about helping to start a show that featured authors, both local and national. I thought it was a great idea! The bookstore already works hard to support local authors (all authors, really) so I was excited to have another way to not only support the authors but also help out a great non-profit. The staff at FC Public Media are friendly and great to work with, and they do good work.
Check out the first episode of Authors!

Daniela B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FC Public Media is a great organization! I was in need of video training, photography and marketing skills and they opened up their doors and helped me a bunch!

The team is very charismatic, helpful and willing to involve you in anything they can. Their work is phenomenal and they are very passionate about what they do!

I highly recommend FC Public Media for any project or if you are just looking into learning new skills in this field!

Peter S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm the Chair of the Photo Video Committee of the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, PWV, and came to Fort Collins Public Media for some advice about equipment to purchase for a grant we were applying for. As a non-profit without staff we rely totally on volunteer help to get things done. We met with the Director, Chris, who sat down with us and reviewed our wish-list of equipment. He was extremely generous with his time and provided us with precious feedback. Our grant request was successful and we purchased the equipment to get us started in video production for PWV. This week Chris spent time again with Committee members reviewing the features of our purchases hands-on with us so we were confident of our use of the cameras and the sound equipment. He answered every question were threw at him with great examples providing perfect clarity for even the beginners among us. We look forward to working with FCPM as an important partner in the successful development of videos for our non profit service organization. Super collaboration. Great job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer producer. FC Public Media staff are awesome to work with and very helpful with technical and production tips and have helped me realize my dream of producing a horror-hosted show of the old classic (non-gory) black and white horror movies. I encourage others to take production and editing classes and learn to make shows about what you're passionate about. Also, the new on-line submission sheets make submitting a show to the station even easier.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I began as a volunteer 8 years ago with Fort Collins Public Access Network. They trained me to shoot, edit and produce videos. Since then I have volunteered to film many public events, historical reinactments, lectures of local interest, social justice discussions and environmental presentations. I now produce several recurring shows on FC Public Media. Staff is courteous, helpful and open to help local producers bring out the best in their talents. Over the years I have become more and more involved with the organization, began teaching editing classes and even served on their board of directors . Thank you FC Public Media for supporting our community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks FC Public Media for the awesome work helping us share the word about the 10th annual FoCoMX music festival - the promo video really helps us celebrate 10 years of Northern Colorado music! - FoCoMA

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing resource in our city! From help with equipment for my first short film to production of great live nights like comedy and authors interviews, FC Public Media is helping Fort Collins creatives made their visions come true. I am proud to have such a resource in the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District! Thank you! - Peggy Lyle

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris is great to work with. We presented him with a challenging product to create an ASL video with transcription and moving picture over lay and he produced a quality video that was exactly what we asked for. Very professional and talented.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FC Public Media is an absolute god send. They're starting to produce a bi-weekly comedy show which has been really funny each and every one I've been to. Keep up the good work and I can't wait for the comedy show to get HUGE!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a total novice when it comes to learning to make professional looking videos. I discovered FC Public Media by word of mouth and what a gold mine! They offer very inexpensive classes on how to edit video and other topics. This is a great place to learn, and even rent equipment at a very low cost. Chris is a wonderful instructor at FCPM and very helpful! I highly recommend FCPM to anyone wanting to learn more and have access to professional equipment and studios.

Dewey C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very helpful programs. There no where you can get such hand on experience with the direction of the helpful and knowledgable staff at Fort Collins media. My hats off to Fort Collins for their support of programs like this. Awesome !!




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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FC Public Media is responsive, creative, and fun to work with! They helped us create some edgy, comical videos that effectively portrayed our message and perfectly suited our audience. I look forward to future projects with FC Public Media.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff and services offered by FC Public Media are unlike anything I've experienced before. They have resources and knowledge that you would only find in large commercial companies that charge hefty sums of money to access. But with FC Public Media, that knowledge and all their resources are within anyone's reach. I highly recommend FC Public Media to any community organization or artist looking to tell their story and help them deliver their message through video and audio means.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a filmmaker from the NYC area who came to Ft. Collins for a low budget documentary shoot. FC Public Media and Chris Winslow, to be specific, were incredible! FC Public Media provided everything that was requested on my gear list + more. On the first day of the shoot, as kinks were being worked out, Chris made two trips to set to bring me extra items and was able to help me trouble shoot w/ one of the cameras. He made himself available to me via text, phone and email throughout the shoot. He provided a recommendation for a crew member that I will hire from now on when coming to CO. His equipment was in impeccable shape and his knowledge of it, as well as film production in general, was on point.

I am excited to see how this organization will grow and how they will further utilize their state-of-the-art facility to benefit the community and out-of-towners who are looking for a production base. I've worked with a lot of rental houses in NYC and I don't hesitate saying that Chris and FC Public Media is among the friendliest, most helpful and knowledgeable that I have ever worked with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SeniorCorps is a federally-funded national service program (like PeaceCorps or AmeriCorps), but here in Larimer County we partnered with FCPublicMedia for a promotional project for this local chapter. FCPM literally went the extra mile to shoot video, brave the weather (high winds, heavy snow), and do edit after edit so that our end product told our story accurately, with creativity, and punch. And the price was right for us nonprofits! Thanks Chris for all your hard work! I would recommend FCPM to any local group wishing to have their story be told well, and have a great experience in the process.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FC Public Media was great to work with! They were responsive with their communications, and they were very flexible with our constantly shifting program schedule. They filmed two days of our volunteer training, which included site visits and classroom-style learning. Even when the weather became questionable, they were able to brave the elements. They gave us back our video footage (no editing required this time) in a very prompt manner. The final price point for their services, which was very reasonable to begin with, actually came in lower than their estimate. We would hire them again in a second!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about FC Public Media when Chris agreed to mentor my 6th grade son for a video production inquiry project for school. What an awesome community resource! Chris was a fantastic mentor and my son is excited to continue learning and applying the skills he gained.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They came and filmed some of our volunteer work as we were building houses. Excellent to work with: very professional and flexible to film on an active construction site. Very responsive to requests and accommodating. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FC Public Media produced three 10 minute law enforcement training videos for us. The staff of FC Public Media were a pleasure to work with. Communication was effective and timely. The team at FC Public Media were flexible, reliable, and friendly. They provided us with good feedback and suggestions on best practices for training video production to ensure our videos were effective. I was impressed with their professionalism, care, and concern for our project and they demonstrated a real investment in making the training videos a success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last week, Chris took some photos during our school program at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery's Historic Courtyard located in Library Park. During the program, we have four costumed docents who guide students through a tour of our four historic cabins. Chris was incredibly professional and discreet - he took pictures throughout the entire hour-long program and none of the docents or visitors even noticed him! He captured some amazing artistic and candid shots that will greatly enhance our marketing efforts. Chris did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of our fall historic programs in these photos and we look forward to working with him in the future to capture the beauty of the courtyard in each season!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first reached out to PC Public Media hoping to learn about microphones and audio quality for voice over work. Chris' was extremely generous with his time and knowledge as he helped me test various equipment and ideas. It was while getting a tour of the studio that I realized the vast potential that was being offered to our community.
It's clear that for Chris this is far more than a job, it's a PASSION and people passionate for their craft produce the highest quality product...and the most inspiration along the way!
FC Public Media is a fantastic resource for our community and reminds me how blessed we are to live here in Fort Collins!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked closely with FC Public Media to help create a promo video to recruit volunteers for Make a Difference Day. Chris was amazing. He was very helpful and implemented what we were looking for. I recommend working with FC Public Media! Shantel Rizzotto, VP Marketing and Communications United Way of Larimer County.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I help with the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival, a competition for pianists in Fort Collins, Colorado. Chris Winslow just sent me copies of the concerto finals from this year's competition, and I am stunned at how fabulous they are. The videos are beautifully made, showing close-ups and different angles of the pianists at the appropriate times, the sound is impeccable, transitions from one camera to another are smooth and well timed, and the clarity of the videos makes me feel as if I'm watching the live performances all over again. He included information such as the competitor's name and what was being performed, and at the end gives more details such as the names of judges, the accompanist, the scores, and the director's name, in addition to their audio and video credits that they are so deserving of. Classical piano music is extremely difficult to capture on video, and Chris and Mirko have done an exceptional job. I would highly recommend them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience I've had with Fort Collins Public Media has been amazing! Chris Winslow has helped me grow as a producer by teaching me the key elements, and allowing me to learn by doing. I'm looking forward to working with these guys in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From beginning to end, working with Chris Winslow from FC Public Media has been easy and professional. He came through on everything he promised he would do for our non-profit music education and festival organization, Off the Hook Arts! Thank you for your great artistry and generosity. You enhanced our SummerFest immensely and helped us capture some of the great moments of our 5th Season. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new producer to Fort Collins Public Media, I owe huge gratitude to all the wonderful people involved with production with this studio. Executive Director, Chris Winslow is the epitome of professionalism in this industry. His knowledge, support and kindness have helped me tremendously in this new venture. The many producers and volunteers involved with Fort Collins Public Media are so supportive and helpful with production and are always there to lend a helping hand. Chris Winslow, the producers and the volunteers always go the extra mile to make sure you are getting the help and information you need. If you have an idea for something you would like to produce on public media, do not hesitate to contact Chris and Fort Collins Public Media to help you.

Philip21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer producer for fcpublicmedia for about five years. Chris Winslow a.k.a. Boy Genius, The Monster, Video Guru, all around excellent human took me through the basics and has been right there whenever I needed (and continue to need) guidance in all things video. The new facility which houses the recording studio and editing bay is wonderful asset for everyone in Fort Collins to develop the skills necessary to produce video for local broadcast. Volunteer producers are available to help other local non-profits with their video production needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FC Public Media has enabled me to learn and grow my communications skills. The audio/video studio is professionally designed and equipped. The director, Chris Winslow, is a major positive. He's passionate about sharing technical and creative skills. The workshops have enlightened my passions. Also, as a volunteer I've always felt appreciated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! Chris Winslow, Executive Director, is supper supportive and has helped me with camera skills, audio, and composition. FCPM has a treasure trove of cameras, lighting, mics, and computers for recording content for their station. If you have interest in videography whether beginner or pro they will support you!