Aspiring filmmaker wins first commission to produce documentary charting Radio Teesdale's first 10 years (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Aspiring filmmaker wins first commission to produce documentary charting Radio Teesdale's first 10 years
AN aspiring filmmaker has won his first commission – to produce a documentary charting the first ten years of a community radio station.
Richard Rainbow is in the process of establishing his business in Teesdale and made a successful bid to First Commission programme run by the Durham Creatives arts support organisation.
As a result, he is producing two documentary films for Barnard Castle-based Radio Teesdale, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
Mr Rainbow, 30, from Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, has been a volunteer at the station since its inception.
He is a former co-host of the Katey Wallace lunchtime programme and used to present a specialist punk show.
Having completed a degree in media production at Teesside University, followed by a masters, he said he was looking to carve out a niche as a local filmmaker.
“I asked Peter Dixon, the station manager, if he would help with the commission and we drew up our proposal," he said.
“Success with the Durham Creatives commission has focused me on getting others.”
Mr Rainbow said he was about halfway through the project, which he hopes to have ready by the end of September.
He will produce a 15-minute documentary and a shorter three-minute version.
“It covers all aspects of the radio station, from meeting the presenters and volunteers to the training it offers.
“I want to show how it is the people of Teesdale that make Radio Teesdale,” he said, adding: “This is my first film as an independent filmmaker and it's been quite a steep learning curve.”
Once completed, the films will be posted on the Radio Teesdale website as well as a newly-created Youtube channel for the station.
Mr Dixon said: “We have always wanted to do a film about Radio Teesdale and the fact that it is ten years since the station was established meant it is a good time to do it.
“We will be able to use the film at events, such as our AGM, at presentations we are asked to attend and also to support funding bids.”
The Durham Creatives First Commission programme is designed to support new artists and those looking to establish creative ventures with up to £1,000 towards the cost of completing the successful projects.
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