Serviam Media, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable, educational corporation formed in 2002 for the purpose of creating educational programming, digital media, and outreach initiatives to inform, inspire and empower diverse audiences. The company partners with organizations, institutions, and individuals throughout the nation to create programs that will foster human understanding, multi-cultural appreciation, and civic engagement.
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Hearts and Minds Film
The Hearts and Minds Film Initiative is the flagship program of Serviam Media. Its mission is to foster civic engagement, using the media arts as tools for youth leadership development, community education and outreach. It is a multi-faceted initiative that includes the following programs.
Annual Media Mentors Program
Industry masters teach college students, and college students mentor youth from Wilmington’s underserved neighborhoods in this intensive two-week film-production workshop. Participants direct, produce and edit short films focusing on issues that are most critical to their community. These films are featured at Hearts and Minds Community Screening Room events and the annual Hearts and Minds Film Festival.
Annual Hearts and Minds Film Festival
A socially-focused film festival showcasing topical, cutting edge documentary and narrative work from student and adult media makers around the world. The fourth annual festival will be held April 3-4 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, DE. The event culminates with the presentation of the 2009 "Speak Your Peace" Delaware Youth Media Showcase.
Annual Youth Media Summit
An academic and artistic forum focused on the power of emerging digital media as a tool for education and civic engagement, targeting students, families, educators and community leaders. The 2009 Youth Media Summit will be held in conjunction with the 2009 Hearts and Minds Film Festival, April 3-4 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover.
Hearts and Minds Film Community Screening Room
Located on the Wilmington Riverfront, the Community Screening Room is an innovative venue where we host community film screenings and discussions about critical social issues, planned with our partnering non-profit organizations.
Hearts and Minds Film Training Workshops
Media literacy and production workshops tailored to suit the needs of individual clients and target audiences. These workshops consist of 20-30 hours of media literacy and production training, housed in our Community Screening Room in Wilmington, and can be provided for after-school programming, summer education sessions, professional development seminars for educators, or workshops for corporate clients.
Hearts and Minds Film Productions
Cutting edge, award-winning documentary projects of the highest production quality focusing on the most pressing issues of our time, distributed through international partners for broadcast, educational versioning, and home video and DVD distribution.
Baker - Founder and Director
- Outreach Director
Lockman - Program Director
- Technology Director
Board of Directors
With the founding of Serviam Media, Inc.
Sharon Baker formalizes a life long interest in serving
community through the media arts. For thirty years,
Ms. Baker has created award-winning documentary films
and public affairs programs focusing on a range of
critical social issues that include domestic violence,
homelessness, literacy, substance abuse, race relations,
conflict resolution and civic engagement. Her work
has netted her prestigious industry awards, among
them the national Gabriel Award and the Christi Award
for service to community through the arts. Sharon
has traveled throughout the US and around the world,
recording the words and images of people from all
walks of life. She has worked in Western Africa with
President Jimmy Carter to document the eradication
of Guinea Worm disease, and in China to document village
elections. "I have never met a person with whom I
could not converse and discover common ground, regardless
of language." Ms. Baker says, "Problem solving begins
As Director of Serviam Media, Inc.,
Sharon and company now create new media initiatives
that utilize film, websites and companion curricula
to bring essential and timely subjects to the national
community. "With the right strategies, the media can
be used to reach and engage new and under-served audiences-particularly
young people--and to foster grassroots participation
in activity that promotes positive social change."
Her personal volunteer activities include board memberships
with organizations promoting AIDS awareness and children's'
Daniel R. Collins
Dan is a published poet, performing musician, and accomplished
professional writer; a master of the skills of communication.
A graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York,
Dan has a BA in Creative Writing (an "Independent
Studies" major that incorporates sociology and documentary
photography), and his professional experience includes
journalism, photography, graphic design, publicity
writing, grant writing, screenwriting and script editing.
A life-long believer in the arts as
an agent of social change, Dan was transformed by
his viewing of the documentary film series "Eyes on
the Prize" as a youth in rural Maine, and has since
pursued the study of social justice, multicultural
education, grassroots political movements, and cultural
phenomena while maintaining the constant practice
of personal and professional writing. Dan is a researcher,
script writer, editor and publicity writer for TELEDUCTION,
Inc., and handles outreach communications, online
content, and grant-writing for Serviam Media.
Elizabeth is pleased to put her various professional and personal
experiences to work, playing an instrumental role
in bringing outreach projects such as With All Deliberate
Speed: The Legacy of Brown v. Board and the Hearts
& Minds Film programs to fruition.
Fueled by a personal interest in multiculturalism,
tolerance, social justice and non-profit service,
with a commitment to these ideals inspired by her
daughter, Sophie, Elizabeth looks forward to getting
more involved in the community through the fulfillment
of Serviam's goals of achieving broader historical
understanding and social awareness, fostering dialogue
between society's many disparate groups. She hopes
that accomplishing this essential work locally will
ripple outward to the world at large.
Elizabeth graduated from New York University's
Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration
in film and linguistics. Her years in New York brought
her a wide range of professional experience, including
working with Nickelodeon Studios, Lions Gate Pictures,
and Simon & Goodman Picture Company.
Julie has traveled
internationally as a sound engineer and videographer,
and is an Emmy- and Gabriel Award-winning editor.
A graduate of the University of Delaware, she has
been the Senior Editor for all major Serviam Media
broadcast projects. Julie is an expert at her medium,
a master of the technical and aesthetic skills that
are essential to stay at the cutting edge of the ever-evolving
standards of today's film industry.
Order any program in our pipeline, and
you will have a chance to witness her technical skills
and creative finesse!
Board of Directors
Gina Campanella - Marketing for Consumer Lending; ING Direct
Tom Davis- Retired Minister, Hanover Presbyterian; President, Interfaith Tech Associates,
Christopher Pitcher - Assistant Vice President, Public Relations; Wilmington University
Wendell Raulston - Freelance Director of Photography
Janine Salamone, Esq. - Partner; Potter, Anderson & Corroon Law Firm
John Taylor - Executive Director; DE State Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Institute
Frank Vanderslice - Media Instructor; Kennett High School
Baker - Managing Director, Delaware Association
of Nonprofits (DANA)
Begleiter - Dist. Journalist in Residence &
Rosenberg Prof. of Comm., UD
Blunt - Former President, Wilmington, Delaware
Carroll - Director of Development, Delaware Humane
Coons - County Executive, New Castle County
Dorsey - President/CEO, Sisters With A Purpose
Gonzer - Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education
Kerr Alonzo - Executive Director Emeritus, Public
P. Kimball, III - Producing Artistic Director,
Martin - Potter, Anderson & Corroon
Meldrum - Nemours Foundation
Donald A. Parks - Professor & Director, Schwartz
Sears - President, Delaware Community Foundation