A new audiovisual presentation geared to District residents premiered last Friday morning at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Henry Tenebaum was in it, but it wasn't "PM Magazine." It's "City Vue Magazine," produced by the District's Office of Communications with technical facilities provided by the University of the District of Columbia.
The first program included interviews with representatives from the public library and various city departments. There was a brief spot promoting the University of the District of Columbia, as well as segments with Mayor Marion Barry and D.C. School Superintendent Vincent Reed, who outlined a new reporting method called the "Student Progress Plan."
There were some obvious -- though not overwhelming -- technical problems, but "City Vue" still succeeded in presenting in an interesting manner useful information about the D.C. government and services. The first program was 24 minutes long, but subsequent ones will be 10 to 15 minutes long.
"City Vue" had been in the planning stages for more than a year. The idea came from Alan Grip, head of the city's communications office, who had been told by the mayor to come up with "new and creative ways" of getting the District government's story told.
Shooting began last month. Producer Antonio Ruiz says that things went pretty smoothly until one of the editing machines broke down -- two days before the program was scheduled to premiere.
"We would have been able to do more of the fancy stuff if we'd had the other machine, but we still managed without it," said Ruiz. Ruiz, who said he had been "working, eating and sleeping this program," is looking into ways of having it shown at other public libraries and would eventually like to see it run on television as well.
"CityVue" is now available for viewing at the Martin Luther King Memorial Libary 901 G Street NW, audiovisual division, room 226, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Thursdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call the D.C. Office of Communications at 727-6224, or the D.C. Public Library at 727-1186.