Brooklyn Free Speech 2018 FAQs

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B Free Awards People's Choice

How does voting for B Free Awards People's Choice work?

We're glad you asked. This year, voting is taking place on two different platforms: YouTube and SoundCloud. To cast your vote for your favorite TV show, film, or short that aired on Brooklyn Free Speech TV, see the appropriate Q/A below. To cast your vote for your favorite podcast that aired on Brooklyn Free Speech Radio, see the appropriate Q/A below.

    YOUTUBE VOTING: How does voting work for shows that aired on Brooklyn Free Speech TV?

    Simply go to the Brooklyn Free Speech YouTube page (YouTube.com/BFreeBK). In the B Free Awards 2018: People's Choice, VOTE TODAY! playlist, you’ll see the videos that have been submitted for this year’s awards show. Watch one, or all of the videos and once you find a fave click the “thumbs up/like button” and that’s it!

    SOUNDCLOUD VOTING: How does voting work for shows that aired on Brooklyn Free Speech Radio?

    Simply go to the Brooklyn Free Speech SoundCloud page (https://soundcloud.com/bfreebk/sets/bspoke). In the B FREE AWARDS People's Choice (B Spoke), VOTE TODAY! playlist, you’ll see the videos that have been submitted for this year’s awards show. Watch one, or all of the videos and once you find a fave click the “heart/like button” and that’s it!

    IMPORTANT NOTES
    This link listed above will only work for desktop users. If you click this link on mobile, YOU WON'T be able to vote / like any of the podcasts in the B FREE AWARDS People's Choice playlist. 

    In order to vote on mobile YOU MUST download the SoundCloud app through Google Play or iTunes .

    Is there a limit to the number of videos or podcasts for which I can vote?

    No, there is no limit. Vote for as many videos and podcasts as you'd like!

    Is voting counted by likes or views?

    Voting is ONLY counted by the number of likes that a video or podcast gets.

    Will two different trophies be awarded for the two different mediums?

    YES! Whoever gets the most likes for their video on YouTube will win People's Choice for Brooklyn Free Speech TV and whoever gets the most likes for their podcast on SoundCloud will win People's Choice for Brooklyn Free Speech Radio.

    When did voting open?

    Voting for B Free Awards People’s Choice opened on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7PM

    When does voting for B Free Awards People's Choice close?

    Voting closes B Free Awards Day, Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30PM

    HELP ME! I have a question about B Free Awards People's Choice

    Please contact Alease Annan at 718.683.5653 / BFreeAwards@BRICartsmedia.org.

    B Free Awards

    What are the B Free Awards?

    Brooklyn Free Speech is proud to present the B FREE AWARDS, an awards show that celebrates excellence in programming on its three Brooklyn Free Speech channels. 

    The 5th Annual B FREE AWARDS will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at BRIC House and celebrate the free speech crusaders who every week air over 650 hours of television programming on Brooklyn Free Speech Television. We’re rolling out the red carpet for the dedicated producers who share their programs with the community. 

    Have a question about the B FREE AWARDS? Email us at BFreeAwards@BRICartsmedia.org.

    B FREE AWARDS 2017  |  B FREE AWARDS 2016  |  B FREE AWARDS 2015  |  B FREE AWARDS 2014

    When and where will the 2018 B Free Awards be held?

    The 5th Annual B FREE AWARDS will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at BRIC House.

    What is the eligibility period for entries for the 2018 B Free Awards?

    Films, TV shows, shorts, or podcasts submitted for air on Brooklyn Free Speech from January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 are eligible to be submitted for the 2018 B FREE AWARDS.

    What is the submission deadline for B Free Awards 2018?

    The submission period for the 2018 B FREE AWARDS is from Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

    How do I submit my content for the 2018 B Free Awards?

    We're so happy that you're interested in submitting your content. Submissions open on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 and close on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. As a reminder, your film, TV show, short or podcast MUST have aired on either Brooklyn Free Speech Television or Brooklyn Free Speech Radio in order to be eligible for the 2018 B Free Awards.

    Submit your content here: BRICartsmedia.org/BFreeAwards.

    If I'm nominated (B Free Awards honoree), when will I be contacted?

    Please contact the B Free Awards team at 718.683.5654 / BFreeAwards@BRICartsmedia.org.

    When will I be able to reserve my tickets for B Free Awards 2018?

    Please contact the B Free Awards team at 718.683.5654 / BFreeAwards@BRICartsmedia.org.

    How does the People's Choice category work please?

    Please contact Alease Annan at 718.683.5653 / BFreeAwards@BRICartsmedia.org.

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    Address

    BRIC
    647 Fulton Street
    (The Media Center, Second Floor)
    Brooklyn, New York 11217-1113

    Public Transportation

    ACCESSIBLE SUBWAY STATIONS
    B Q R to DeKalb Avenue
    B D N Q R to Atlantic Avenue—Barclays Center
    Looking for the full list of MTA accessible subway stations in Brooklyn? Here it is! 

    Travel Alert: Please confirm bus and subway service on the MTA website as there are frequent weeknight and weekend service interruptions.

    SUBWAY
    2 3 4 5 to Nevins Street (closest station!)

    BUS
    B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67
    All of the above buses stop within three blocks of The BRIC Media Center. 

    LONG ISLAND RAILROAD
    The Long Island Railroad stops at Atlantic Terminal, approximately 2 ½ blocks away from the BRIC Media Center.

    Access-A-Ride | Uber | Lyft

    Tell the driver you're going to 57 Rockwell Place (Between Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue). It'll be much easier for them to find our building and you'll be dropped off right in front of the door.

    Driving Directions

    From downtown Manhattan or the FDR Drive
    Take the Brooklyn Bridge. Turn left on Tillary Street. Turn right on Flatbush Avenue. Turn left on Fulton Street and drive one block. The BRIC Media Center which is housed in BRIC House will be on the left; parking is on the right.

    From Manhattan's West Side
    Take the West Side Highway to Canal Street. Exit left onto Canal Street. Canal Street feeds straight into the Manhattan Bridge. Across the bridge, continue straight onto Flatbush Avenue. Turn left on Fulton Street and drive one block. The BRIC Media Center which is housed in BRIC House will be on the left; parking is on the right.

    From the BQE (East or West)
    Exit at Tillary Street. At the second light, turn left onto Flatbush Avenue. Turn left on Fulton Street and drive one block. The BRIC Media Center which is housed in BRIC House will be on the left; parking is on the right.

    Parking

    Street Parking
    While there are metered and alternate side of the street parking spaces in close proximity to BRIC House, we advise that you take public transportation. If you are planning to drive, we strongly advise that you read all parking signs very carefully. 

    For your convenience,  here is a link to the New York City Department of Transportation's website for more information about alternate side parking rules and suspensions.

    Parking Garages
    For your convenience, check out this site for a list of the parking garages in the Downtown Brooklyn area

    Bike Parking

    For your convenience, BRIC provides free, sidewalk bicycle parking directly in front of BRIC House. 
    Please make sure to bring your own lock and please also be sure to lock your bike securely. 

    Looking for the New York City Bike Map? Here it is! 

    Community Media 101

    What does B-R-I-C stand for?

    Great question! BRIC used to stand for Brooklyn Information & Culture. Then we changed our name to BRIC Arts | Media Bklyn. And now our name is just BRIC. So, what does B-R-I-C stand for? Well, it can mean anything you want it to. We anticipated that we would get this very question when we changed our name to BRIC in 2013 so we had a campaign called #WhatDoesBRICMeanToYou. 

    It could stand for:

    • Brooklyn: Real Inspiring Creative
    • Breaking Rules Inciting Creativity
    • Bagels Rugelach Icing Cupcakes
    • Batman Robin Ice-cream Catwoman

    We encourage you to have fun with it. So Brooklyn Free Speech FAQs reader, what does B-R-I-C mean to you? We know how creative you are, so email us at BFreeBK@BRICartsmedia.org, and let us know what you come up with.

    What is Brooklyn Free Speech?

    BRIC was designated the Community Access Organization for the Borough of Brooklyn in 1988. A development plan for creation of a full-scale, community-based media outlet for the entire borough was devised. The result is the BRIC community media program known today as Brooklyn Free Speech 

    Brooklyn Free Speech includes:

    • The New York Emmy-WINNING Brooklyn Free Speech which empowers you to air your thoughts, dreams, hopes, and aspirations through the dynamic medium of television. The community television network displays programs that reflect the borough's diversity of thought and culture;
    • Brooklyn Free Speech Radio, the borough's first community podcast network with content produced and edited by New York City's most diverse audio makers;
    • A public media education program which gives you television, film, and podcast production skills through free and low-cost, high-quality courses so that you can create your own show on the New York Emmy-WINNING Brooklyn Free Speech, and;
    • The BRIC Media Center which gives Brooklynites the tools and know-how to professionally create and cablecast their own television programs on Brooklyn Free Speech Television.

    Hey, but didn't your name used to be "BCAT TV Network?"

    Yes, you're absolutely right! Our network channels were called BCAT but we changed our name from BCAT TV Network to Brooklyn Free Speech in 2013.

    Why did you change your name?
    While we love the name BCAT—and it still holds a special place in our hearts—we wanted a name that effectively communicated our expanding community media channels as a network that spotlights the work of talented artists and media makers across the borough.

    Now that I know more about Brooklyn Free Speech, where can I watch?

    THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE MEDIA DREAMERS BECOME MEDIA MAKERS!

    Comprised of six channels (five TV channels and one podcast network), Brooklyn Free Speech features programming produced and 
    curated by YOU. Tune in to watch Brooklyn Free Speech on Verizon Fios in all five boroughs 
    and exclusively in Brooklyn on Optimum, Spectrum, and RCN. Listen to Brooklyn Free Speech Radio on SoundCloud and iTunes.

    Watch the diverse and exciting programming Brooklyn Free Speech has to offer.

    What is Community Media?

    Community Media is any form of media that is created and controlled by a community, either a geographic community or a community of identity or interest. Community Media is separate from commercial media, state run media, or public broadcasting.

    Community Media (Public Access Television) was developed by Congress in the early 1970s to ensure that local communities would have access to the burgeoning cable networks so they could provide local programming within the global system. Brooklyn residents can apply for free channel time on Brooklyn Free Speech and cablecast shows of their own making to a mass audience— as long as they are non-commercial in nature. In addition, local viewers will be provided with programming created mainly for local residents. In many locales, Public Access Television stations also provide television production training and equipment. 

    Cities generally have three kinds of access channels: public access, education, and government or PEG (Public, Education, and Government). Brooklyn Free Speech's four channels are Public Access programming.