SPNN Member Spotlight: Christine Huff
When Christine Huff’s employment status changed, she found herself with a lot more time on her hands. Looking for a constructive way to spend her new free time, Christine became a member of SPNN’s Access Center. She soon decided to use her experience as a Reiki Master (a form of relaxation healing) to produce a show that explores holistic healing techniques and alternative medicine.
Christine possesses a wealth of knowledge about integrated therapeutic practices, but was a video neophyte and uncertain of where to begin the process of making a TV show. After a consultation with an SPNN Access staff member, she decided it would be wise to take her one woman show on location, rather than juggle the availability of a production studio, crew and cadre of guest practitioners.
She has single-handedly produced a series of shows on naturopathy, shamanism, energy healing and acupuncture. Using the wealth of skills she learned at the Access Center, she is able to shoot and edit the show herself.
Christine holds community media in high regard and sees it as an opportunity to produce television that is locally relevant. “I’m proud to be able to bring a message of alternative healing and medicine to a broader audience through SPNN,” Christine says. “I would never be able to produce Healing Arts 101 without SPNN. It’s absolutely amazing, the reach you can have.”
As a producer at SPNN, Christine has shown a strong desire to continue to learn more about the medium. In May she became a participant in SPNN’s Doc U program. In this program she is learning pre-production planning, production skills, and distribution while being mentored in the art of short-form documentary filmmaking. She is currently on track to complete her documentary on the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in December.
Recently, our talented SPNN staff members, Taj Hassan and Maria Tototzinle have been producing short video profiles of Access Center members. Looking to highlight the diversity of voices found at SPNN, these profiles have been a great way to celebrate some of our most active members. Taj and Maria previously profiled members Jonathan and Malcom, and they chose to feature Christine because her passion for learning and her dedication to her message shine through in her work.
Christine was a novice media maker that came to SPNN because of a message she wanted to get out. As she became involved, she realized she wanted the quality of the production to be as good as the quality of the message. Making great media isn't necessarily easy or quick, but SPNN is here to help make it accessible, affordable and enjoyable for you.