San Leandro Students Produce Videos of Local Business Leaders

Cynthia Battenberg, Community Development director.

A partnership between the City of San Leandro and San Leandro Academy for Multimedia (SLAM) at San Leandro High School is broadcasting on its cable channels video profiles of local business leaders.The videos feature Katherine Sarafian, a San Leandro High School graduate and producer of the Oscar-award winning movie “Brave;” Tracy McSheery of PhaseSpace, an innovative motion capture business; and Tim Holmes, co-owner of the highly-rated, neighborhood Zocalo Coffeehouse. TheSLAM students combined the three video profiles into one 5-minute clip, which they played at the June 3 City Council, receiving cheers from the council members and the audience. “Great talent and skills are nurtured and developed in San Leandro,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy. “We are excited to highlight the work of San Leandro High School students and the accomplishments of local business leaders.” At the beginning of the school year, city staff, along with Deborah Cox and Lit San Leandro staff, met with Tony Farley and Phil Hargrove who run SLAM to discuss ideas for collaboration. Cynthia Battenberg, the city’s Community Development director, said, “We wanted to tap into the creativity of the high school students and get their take on some of the great things happening in San Leandro. We pitched about 25 story ideas, and once the students selected their favorites, we introduced them to the leaders for interviews and information gathering.” The videos may be viewed at the City of San Leandro website – select “San Leandro Videos” under “About the City.” The videos will also be aired on cable channels 15 (Comcast) and 99 (AT&T) according to the following schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
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