KPBS Launches Film Consortium San Diego Channel
KPBS and Film Consortium San Diego are announcing the launch of Film Consortium TV, a channel featuring local and independently produced content on the public television affiliate’s streaming platforms. Film Consortium TV is available to stream for free from any smart TV or device via the PBS Video app and online at video.kpbs.org.
“San Diego’s film community is thriving and the Film Consortium channel showcases the local filmmakers, talent and crew that produce professional, independent and student film in our city,” says Jodi Cilley, founder and president of Film Consortium San Diego.
Film Consortium TV features films on a variety of topics, award-nominated and winning films, and the “San Diego Film Awards,” an awards show that recognizes exceptional film talent in San Diego. More shows will be added on an ongoing basis.
Currently, Film Consortium TV programming includes: “True San Diego,” “Film Indiego,” “San Diego Film Awards” (2019 - 2020), and “Her Film Challenge.” By the end of this year, viewers will be able to enjoy selections from San Diego Film Week, selections from the Quarantine Film Challenge and Black Lives Matter Film Challenge, and more.
To find the channel, search for “film con” in the search bar of video.kpbs.org or the PBS Video App, or “Film Consortium TV” in your browser.
“I often say that local content is at the heart of KPBS. We tell stories that increase our sense of place, connect audiences over shared experiences and reflect our diverse community. KPBS is always looking for ways to expand our support of local film production. The addition of Film Consortium TV helps us achieve our mission and grows our catalog tremendously,” says John Decker, interim associate general manager of content.
KPBS has a long history of supporting local programming through its Explore program. From that initiative has come “Ken Kramer’s About San Diego,” “A Growing Passion,” “Crossing South,” “Historic Places with Elsa Sevilla,” “Theatre Corner” and documentaries. These programs broadcast on KPBS TV and stream at video.kpbs.org and the PBS Video App under the “Explore San Diego” channel.
“Our dream of distributing local film to a global audience continues to be realized,” adds Cilley. “We’re excited to partner with KPBS to bring local films to a national and international audience through this new channel and will finally be able to show the world the film talent we have here in America’s finest city”.
Film Consortium San Diego LLC is a social venture that stimulates film and television production in the region and increases networking, employment, education, funding, and distribution opportunities in film, television, and new media.