Public Access Television, though not unique to Seattle, Washington, created some amazing programming and indelible characters here in the 1980’s and 1990’s. It’s a perfect, working example of people being able to not only use their first amendment rights to talk about what they think is important, but to do so via an uncensored broadcast outlet.
Access also provided the means to learn how to produce television and access to equipment and studios – all completely free of charge to King County residents.
Seattle Public access became a community for the people who worked there and the people who made or broadcast television programs there. Although there is still a cable channel devoted to public access broadcasting as well as a streamed channel online – many or most residents are no longer aware it exists. Has it been replaced by YouTube or is YouTube a substitute that is not at all equal?
We hope this documentary will educate people about what Public Access television is – a unique platform for producers to tell their stories to the community where they live.
“I am eye. I am a mechanical eye. I, a machine, am showing you a world, the likes of which only I can see.”
–Dziga Vertov, Kinoglas