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"heart of vail" wins best documentary

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June 5, 2017

The Alliance for Community Media, which represents 3,000 public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations, awarded High Five Access Media’s J.K. Perry best documentary for production of “Heart of Vail.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers,” said Perry, who is executive director of High Five Access Media. “More importantly, the award demonstrates this organization’s dedication to help area nonprofits get the word out about their programs and causes.”

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High Five Access Media worked with the Eagle River Watershed Council to create “Heart of Vail,” which seeks to educate Vail residents, streamside property owners, and government officials of the peril the creek faces because of pollution, and persuade the community to do its part to clean Gore Creek. Funding for production was granted by the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation.

“The Watershed Council has worked with J.K. and High Five Access Media numerous times in the past and we have always been happy with the outcome, so when we received word from the Lattner Foundation that they wanted to support this project we knew who to approach about creating the film,” said Holly Loff, executive director of the Eagle River Watershed Council. “That said, the finished product exceeded our expectations. We have shown it to many audiences since its release in April 2016 and everyone raves about it. I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that J.K. won this award. Thrilled, but not surprised.” 

High Five Access Media provides low-cost video production services to Eagle County nonprofits, so these organizations might advocate for their cause on local television, the internet and social media.

The national honor is part of the Hometown Media Awards, which was established by the Alliance for Community Media to promote community media and local cable programs distributed on access television stations. Perry won the award category for best documentary by an access center professional.

High Five Access Media is a nonprofit, noncommercial, grassroots community access television station that is available on Comcast Channel 5 and anywhere, online. The organization provides coverage of local government meetings, and offers free media education workshops each month to valley residents and nonprofits so they can learn about video production, check out video equipment for free, and express their ideas and advocate for a cause on cable television and the web.

To learn more about the opportunities to get involved, visit To learn more about Eagle River Watershed Council’s stream improvement projects, visit