January 22, 2016, I took first place at The Twin Cities Moth GrandSLAM II at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. The theme was, When Worlds Collide. I told a story about my Grandmother.
A couple of years ago, I began entering spoken word and storytelling competitions. I have always loved to tell stories and I have been surprised and pleased by the positive feedback on my performances.
In the summer of 2015 I joined forces with Javier Morillo-Alicea to create an hour long show of stories about our growing up queer, in Iowa and Puerto Rico. We performed our show five time as part of the MN. Fringe Festival. We recieved great reviews, here is one from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
I have a degree from the University of Iowa in Communications, with an emphases in film and television production. That was back in the early 1980's. I was the first student to graduate from the film program with my final project shot/mastered in 3/4 inch video rather than 16 mm film. The project aired on Iowa Public Televison.
After college I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I worked for a year as a video specialist in the Bloomington Public Schools. I then became a mobile truck operator working for the Minneapolis Television Network (MTN). The truck was a roving television studio capable of live cablecasts on the local cable network. It was heady times and cable was king. We experimented a lot with interactivity. In 1994 MTN became an Internet node providing dial-up internet access. Members had to call in to the MTN portal from a landline connected to their computer. Only 25 people could be online at one time. We also hosted Web sites and provided email accounts.
I have good people skills and understand finances, which led me to the job of Executive Director at (MTN). I also have leadership skills and during my years at MTN I served on two national boards related to media, the Alliance for Community Television (ACM) & the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), two years as President of NAMAC Board.
I was honored that my MTN co-workers made this tribute video on the occasion of my departure. Tribute Video.
Driven by my love of storytelling, since 2012 I have focussed my energy on making moving images. I love the way filmmaking continues to offer new tools, like the use of Go Pros and drones. My sometimes collaborator and always advisor is my son Joah Colby and his company Colby Film.