ASHLAND – Ashland Community Media Station (WACA TV) is hosting
the first annual 508 Film Fest celebrating Community Media Day and Free Speech Week at the Ashland VFW on October 25.
The 508 Film Fest will showcase a collection of narrative and documentary films by independent filmmakers with a connection to Massachusetts.
Free Speech Week celebrates the idea that any individual can share their ideas publicly without fear of censorship. When public-access television was created in the early 1970’s, the airways were flooded with new, locally produced programming that was by the people, for the people.
Traditionally, public-access television can be broken down into three categories: public, education, and government or better known as
While both education and government are important, the public sector of the PEG cable television system gave independent producers an outlet to share their thoughts and ideas without the fear of being censored.
The 508 Film Fest aims to follow a similar model and provide a new outlet
for artists to create unique, valuable, and locally-relevant programming that can easily be accessed by the community.
The 508 Film Fest is hosted by WACA TV. WACA TV is Ashland’s independent, PEG cable television network. Their mission is to help residents and local organizations realize their potential through the medium of cable television.
WACA TV encourages, and facilitates, the production of quality programming created by the community for the community. We are dedicated to providing the best quality programming for our residents while strengthening expression, communication, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in a community.
Join us on October 25, at the Ashland VFW at 311 Pleasant St, Ashland, MA.
Tickets are $25 per person and include an Italian buffet dinner by Marconi’s. It will be an evening full of celebrating the community, independent filmmakers, and free speech.
Tickets can be bought at
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