Washington has always been a rich vein of material for political commentators and late night talk show hosts. It seems our little town creates its own unique drama and humor. This year, political videos and documentaries are dominating the awards programs.
It is interesting to note viral videos are leveraged with political advertising and music, current events and the foibles of our national candidates. Webcastr, (www.webcastr.com) a leading web video network for the best in online video, this week announced the 2009 Webcastr Awards winners: will.i.am, Tina Fey, and Obama Girl are among the top five winners in its online Pro-Video Awards
The 2nd annual Webcastr Video Awards honor the top professional-quality online videos produced and distributed during 2008 and includes both straight-to-Web "viral videos" as well as short form material originally broadcast on television. Winners are selected through a combination of users votes and Webcastr's panel of editors. This is not "YouTube" which now posts a new video every 13 seconds. These news, entertainment and political programs are professionally shot and produced.
"Much like the Grammys and the Academy Awards, we are driven to acknowledge works that are not just popular in nature, but productions in this new medium that make an impact on politics, culture and society as a whole," says Webcastr founder and CEO Tim Devine.
This year's political finalists included:
The Barack Obama "Yes We Can" video by will.i.am that caused an online sensation during the U.S. primary election campaign, Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey impersonating Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and "I've Got a Crush on Obama" which snagged three of the top five for the 2009 Webcastr Awards.
The other Poltiical Genre Webcastr Video of the Year Awards: "Bush Shoe Throwing Incident" (you can call this political commentary!) and "Time for Some Campaignin'," produced by JibJab, as well as "Barack Roll" by Hugh Matkin
To view all of the winners, go to: http://vote-it.webcastr.com
The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) will also show "Nothing But the Truth" tonight -- a film about Judith Miller's imprisonment over First Amendment issues. Miller refused to divulge her source in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The movie stars Kate Beckinsale (as Valerie Plame or as Judith Miller?), Alan Alda and Matt Dillon. AmericaFree.TV is a silver sponsor of BIFF www.americafree.tv.
A personal note
"What I Saw at the Obama Revolution" is a documentary I produced based on my time at the Democratic National Convention. From Ann Hathaway and Richard Schiff, to Sens. Mark Warner and Steny Hoyer, to Arianna Huffington and Craig Newmark - I tried to chronicle the hopes and ardent Obama support along the way. There is a short section in this 30-minute documentary of the final speech of Obama on the campaign trail. He spoke to 90,000 people at a fairground in Manassas, Virginia. There is also footage from the DNC party with the GooGoo Dolls and singer Johnny Reznick.
Full disclosure - both Webcastr and AmericaFree.TV will be airing my documentary, "What I Saw at the Obama Revolution." I am also on the advisory council of Webcastr and the Board of Directors of AFTV.