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Senior Discovery TV Provides Seniors with Moviemaking Opportunities
by Donna Clontz
Chair, Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee
and Nelson Cyr, Senior Discovery TV SDTV Co-chair
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Donna Clontz
Donna Clontz

Lights! Camera! Action! Senior Discovery TV (SDTV) is a terrific opportunity for aspiring senior moviemakers 50 and older. City sanctioned SDTV fosters meeting new people, learning new skills and having fun. The group meets monthly every first Tuesday at 2 p.m. (except during certain holiday weeks) at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center (EMNECC) at 1301 Valley Road.

In addition to production shoots, the group holds mobile studio and on location training sessions for production and postproduction skills development and practice. New volunteers with or without moviemaking experience are always needed to expand SDTV’s moviemaking capabilities.

Inexperienced volunteers learn moviemaking basics in varied interest areas by helping as credited Production Assistants (PAs) on projects. Help is always welcome with production related equipment setup, operation, and teardown. PAs learn lighting, audio, and camera operation basics and ultimately more advanced skills prior to producing their own projects. Experienced volunteers start by joining SDTV members on their projects as co-producers, co-directors, camera operators, audio boom operators, lighting technicians or editors before producing their own projects.

(L to r) Steve Vanderver, Nelso Cyr, Carl Adams.
(L to r) Steve Vanderver, Nelso Cyr, Carl Adams.

Experienced SDTV members initiate their own group approved projects to direct, produce and edit as events, opportunities or creative ideas arise. SDTV’s credo is to produce creative video content “by seniors, for seniors, about seniors." With the professional grade camera and studio equipment made possible by funding from the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and by SDTV members, the group is now able to do studio interviews, newscasts, create short comedy or dramatic episodes and more. Reno provides equipment, shooting locations and access to events. Membership is free, and all levels of skills are welcome.

Group approved SDTV program videos are broadcast at noon daily and during other unscheduled times on Reno’s Government Access Charter Channel 192/194. Over 50 SDTV videos are also viewable 24/7 on Reno’s Senior Discovery YouTube channel which has a link on the Senior Connect / Senior Citizen Advisory Committee / Senior Discovery TV landing page at .

Sunny Minedew on camera.
Sunny Minedew on camera.

Notable SD TV produced projects include the Reno Parks & Rec PSA video “Reno Parks Are Something Fun for Everyone,” the “SDTV RENO 150 Celebration Project” done in May 2018 (five historical mini-documentaries depicting Reno from 1868 2018), “Evelyn Mount – a Community Treasure,” Nevada Honor Flight / Comstock Lode Quilters’ “Quilts of Valor,” “Virginia Range Wild Horses,” “Seniors on the Go” (VT Railroad Ride to Virginia City), “Reno Tahoe Senior Games PSA Promos,” Reno Rodeo Cotton Rosser “King of the Cowboys Tribute,” the “Making of a Flash Mob,” as well as “Senior Summer and Winter Games Events” at various venues since 2014. SDTV members recently created a “Reno/AARP Nevada Age Friendly & Community Living Project” PSA video encouraging seniors to participate in an online survey at

SDTV was created in Spring 2014 by Reno's Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. Active seniors may attend any monthly first Tuesday meeting at EMNECC to meet group members and decide if they want to join the fun. Contacts are: Nelson & Sandy Cyr, Senior Discovery TV Cochairs, at You may also contact me for questions since I am also a member of the group at or (775) 240-2745.