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Flying Focus Video Collective

PMB 248     •     3439 NE Sandy Bv     •     Portland, OR 97232

(503) 239-7456     •     (503) 321-5051    •    ffvc@flyingfocus.org



Flying Focus Celebrates 25 Years

In 2016 Flying Focus Video Collective turns 25 years old!
• Our founding members got together during the "Gulf War" in January, 1991.
• In August of 1991, we formally incorporated as Flying Focus.
• November 18, 2016 marks exactly 25 years since our weekly half-hour showcase, the Flying Focus Video Bus premiered.

Celebrate by watching all 25 of our anniversary retrospective shows August 8-Nov 25!


Help us celebrate our anniversary:

On this page:


December, 2016->
Retrospective Shows Streaming!


To celebrate our 25th anniversary, Flying Focus has begun posting
all 25 of its anniversary shows online!
As of June 2017, watch:
One Year Busiversary (1991-92)
Two Year Busiversary (1992-93)
Third Busiversary (1993-94)
Fourth Busiversary (1994-95)
Fifth Busiversary (1995-96)
Sixth Busiversary (1996-97)
Seventh Busiversary (1997-98)
Eighth Busiversary (1998-99)
Ninth Busiversary (1999-2000)
NEW!
Tenth Busiversary (2000-2001)
Eleventh Busiversary (2001-02)
Twelfth Busiversary (2002-03)


November, 2016
25 Years of Flying Focus Video Clips

As part of the 25th Busiversary, Flying Focus assembled clips from its first 24 years into a 6.5 minute video. It opens part 1 of the 2-part restrospective show. You can watch it here:

or on our YouTube clips page.  

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August, 2016
Portland Community Media Recognizes Flying Focus!

Images of Michelle Alexander, Phyllis Bennis and Erin Brockovich from episodes of the Flying Focus Video Bus

In its August 2016 newsletter, Portland Community Media featured an "interview" with Flying Focus about our milestone anniversary. PCM has been our home for our entire existence, we couldn't have done this without them!

 

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September 19, 1991->May 4, 2016
George HW Bush Protest 1991-25 Years Later

The Willamette Week remembered the protest against President George H.W. Bush which took place in Sept. 1991 and which Flying Focus covered live on the air. (WW was predicting a large protest about Donald Trump in May 7, but he never finalized plans for a Portland area rally.) The article recounts the history of Portland being dubbed "Little Beirut." The last section is about the GHWBush protest we covered live on cable access and our struggle to keep the police from using our footage to target people for arrest. At the end of the link you can see an excerpt from our October 1991 show in which FFVC member Dan Handelman gives an update on a man who was arrested for inciting a riot, with that charge downgraded to standing on TriMet property without boarding a train. The clip is from our second show, but the first after forming as Flying Focus, known as "Che's Lounge/'P' is for Perception."

We've also posted an article that ran in October, 1991 in Willamette Week describing the struggle to keep our tapes from being used to track down protestors.

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Week of Feb 11, 1991-> Feb 11, 2016:
An article from 1991 about our first show

Check out this article from the Oregonian about our first program, "Peace Action Network." The show started in March 1991 as a project of the Promotion and Production Committee of the Coalition Against US Military Intervention in the Middle East (CAUSMIME), the group that eventually became Flying Focus.

 

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NEW! July 2016
Celebrate 25 Years of Flying Focus 1991-2016 by Watching All 25 of our Anniversary Shows!

Starting August 8, Portland Comcast and CenturyLink subscribers will be able to see all 24 past "Busiversaries" over a 14 week period.

Busiversary Retrospective – 25 Years of Shows

#1-2 (1991-1993) on Monday, August 8 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, August 3 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

#3-4 (1993-1995) on Monday, August 15 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, August 17 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

#5-6 (1995-1997) on Monday, August 22 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, August 17 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

#7-8 (1997-1999) on Monday, August 29 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, August 24 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

#9-10 (1999-2001) on Monday, September 5 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, September 7 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

#11-12 (2001-2003) on Monday, September 12 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, September 14 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

##13-14 (2003- 2005) on Monday, September 19 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, September 21 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

##15-16 (2005-2007) on Monday, September 26 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, September 28 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)

#17-18 (2007-2009) on Monday, October 3 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, October 5 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)
#19-20 (2009-2011) on Monday, October 10 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, October 12 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)
#21-22 (2011-2013) on Monday, October 17 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, October 19 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)
#23 (2013-2014) on Monday, October 24 at 2:00 PM, Channel 22 (Comcast) & 8002 (CenturyLink);
           and Wednesday, October 26 at 11:30 PM (after the Video Bus), Ch. 23 (Comcast)/Ch. 8003 (CenturyLink)
#24 (2014-2015) weeks of October 31 and November 7 on the Video Bus
#25 NEW! (2015-2016) weeks of November 14 and November 21 on the Video Bus

(A full schedule is listed in the table at the bottom of the page).

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For more information, or particularly if you want to get involved by volunteering for or donating anything for the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary (videotapes, DVD-RAMs, or other items from the wish list) please get in touch with us at 503-239-7456 or ffvc@flyingfocus.org.


Playback Schedule for Flying Focus' 25th Anniversary:

First Busiversary (1991-92)       August 8/10       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Second Busiversary (1992-93) August 8/11       (2:30 PM ch 22&8002 / Midnight ch 23&8003)
Third Busiversary (1993-94)       August 15/17       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Fourth Busiversary (1994-95)       August 15/18       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Fifth Busiversary (1995-96)       August 22/24       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Sixth Busiversary (1996-97)       August 22/25       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Seventh Busiversary (1997-98)       August 29/31       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Eighth Busiversary (1998-99)       August 29/Sept. 1       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Ninth Busiversary (1999-2000)       September 5/7       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Tenth Busiversary (2000-01)       September 5/8       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)

Eleventh Busiversary (2001-02)       September 12/14       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Twelfth Busiversary (2002-03)       September 12/15       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Thirteenth Busiversary (2003-04)       September 19/21       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Fourteenth Busiversary (2004-05)       September 19/22       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Fifteenth Busiversary (2005-06)       September 26/28       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Sixteenth Busiversary (2006-07)       September 26/29       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Seventeenth Busiversary (2007-08)       October 3/5       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Eighteenth Busiversary (2008-09)       October 3/6       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Nineteenth Busiversary (2009-10)       October 10/12       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Twentieth Busiversary (2010-11)       October 10/13       (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)

Twenty-First Busiversary (2011-12)       October 17/19       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)
Twenty-Second Busiversary (2012-13)       October 17/20      (3:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 12:30 AM ch 23&8003)
Twenty-Third Busiversary (2013-14)       October 24/26       (2:00 PM ch 22&8002 / 11:30 PM ch 23&8003)

Twenty-Fourth Busiversary (2014-15) Part 1--Week of October 31 on the Video Bus
Twenty-Fourth Busiversary (2014-15) Part 2--Week of November 7 on the Video Bus
Twenty-Fifth Busiversary (2015-16) Part 1--Week of November 14 on the Video Bus - Premiere!
Twenty-Fifth Busiversary (2015-16) Part 2--Week of November 21 on the Video Bus - Premiere!


Page posted February 11, 2016, last updated June 15, 2017

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