& Director Stacy Poulos, Creative Excellence Telly Award
in one hand, and tell all book Life
In A Nut Shell in the other.
The 29th Annual 2008 Telly
Like the Emmy's honors
television productions, and the Oscar's honors movie productions,
the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the very best
outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs,
and the finest film and video productions. Silver Winners are
awarded a Silver Telly statuette, the highest honor, the statuette
is a symbol of creative excellence. Designed by the same firm
that makes the Oscar and Emmys.
Winners represent the best work
of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies,
television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments
in the world.
The 29th Annual Telly
Awards received over 14,000 entries from all 50 states and 5
continents. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of
a Silver Telly, their highest honor. Some of the 2008 silver
video/film winners include: A&E, Discovery HD, Comcast, History
Channel, ESPN, National Geographic Channel, 20th Century Fox,
SONY, NASA, NBC Universal, PBS, Virgin Records, Fox, CNN, Sports
Illustrated, CBS, Time Life, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros.,
and one producer from a small town, Castro Valley California;
Director Stacy Poulos of Playback.net
Video Film Multimedia. Stacy was among those honored with
the Telly's highest silver award for creative excellence.
The Video Entered: The Story
The video entered was
her production for a non-profit organization, CARH-Inc.org,
entitled "The Story of CARH". This video highlights
the over 30 year history of an organization that helps an under
served population in our community, the mentally retarded and
elderly in placement, who are often forgotten. This touching
story illustrates the hard work and dedication of ordinary people
helping an extraordinary cause. Stacy's Castro Valley company,
Playback.net (established in 1984) followed the organization
over a period of a year and condensed it in an entertaining 15
minute video of their organization. The story was told by vintage
train conductor, Larry Kriegbaum who takes the viewers on the
Niles Canyon steam train in Sunol, California, through a year
in the life of CARH. The story ends with a touching song donated
by the artist Kym Jessing
"The Mountain In Me" which was so fitting for the
The Book: Life In A Nutshell & Stacy Poulos
As she worked her way to the top it wasn't always an easy road,
she wrote a few stories along that journey that turned into books.
One that you can order on line at: www.StacyPoulos.com
"Life In A Nutshell". Or
pick it up in person at a coffee shop she frequents, Bodi's Java
in Castro Valley [click]. The book is a humorous account
of her struggles in life, of sibyl rivalry, going to college,
starting and maintaining a business on a shoestring budget, driving
shitty cars, and surviving relationships. Including growing up
with a Learning 'Disability' or Learning Difference, Dyslexia.
She was sure she was going to pull out of every shortcoming and
these were just little set backs before she made her way to the
top. Well at the top of her game with a Telly in one hand and
the author two books in the other, I suppose she did.
Her life long struggle with
Dyslexia & ADD:
In her quest to become
a director, in 1991, her former elementary school Special Ed
teacher asked her to mentor her dyslexic students, there she
saw a lot of kids hungry for inspiration and some validation.
She told them about famous dyslexics who shared their challenge,
such as her favorite; Einstein had a hard time in school until
he found a teacher that appealed to his learning style.
Advocate for the assts of
She went on to be an
advocate for the assts of dyslexia, learning disabilities, and
ADD, as she grew up with the challenges, she also realized they
were her strongest assets in become a director, or an 'Award
winning director'. When the web evolved, in 1997 she published
her story "Blessed With Dyslexia" on line free to the
public. She coined the term "multi-dimensional freethinking"
as an explanation to dyslexia, Thinking without boundaries, and
with tendencies. Other assets include; the ability to visualize
thought as a virtual reality, multi perspective, day dreaming,
logic driven, creative thinking and heightened sensory awareness
involving: emotions, outer influences, empathy, sight, sound,
taste and smell. Their awareness is like being little human antennas
that pick up all kinds of information, educators call this ADD,
the tendencies is they have a difficult time grounding themselves.
Dyslexics have a hard time with Non-visual words like "the"
and letters that have different meanings when in different orientations
like b, d, p, and q are usually the first stumbling block for
young dyslexics. It's not seeing backwards, as most people think
dyslexics do, it's visualizing them and having the ability to
think multi-dimensionally. To her was the same letter.
Because most visualize multi-dimensionally.
It certainly doesn't make them 'disabled'. Some dyslexics and
ADD students don't understand how to channel or ground their
assets or even realize they have them because they are burdened
with a negative labeled. And Traditional educators don't know
quite what to do with these little gifted minds because they
Her website Dyslexia.TV
has enlightened so many people around the world, from a small
town Castro Valley. "It's remarkable to me, the web has
opened up so much ability to inspire millions. The hundreds of
letters, I received have always inspire me to keep going."
Stacy Says. She attracts 5,000 to 10,000 visitors monthly from
all over the world.
She certainly learned
to channel her assets in her
media production company for clients such as Andronico's,
Dryers Ice Cream, KRAFT Foods, and PG&E to name a few. She
believes she is good at what she does because she is unique in
her thought process. Something that was a burden in the obstacles
of school, is an asset to her clients and the rest of the world
Her quote against the odds:
like spilled water flowing on a mission, it doesn't stop until
it reaches its goal. It doesn't always know its being pulled
by an invisible force manifested by gravitation, the human spirit.
The direction isn't always as relevant as its missions journey
that survives obstacles, because of the compelling pull of gravitation
to its destiny. A journey that has no end, because it resides
in the heart and soul. -Stacy Poulos
Support her client: www.CARH-Inc.org
As an ending note she hopes that
people will support CARH who serves the Counties of Alameda,
Contra Costa, and Solano and Sacramento, a worthy charity...
you decide, watch the video she made which can be viewed on line
or ask them for a DVD. There are many ways that you can help,
such as a house hold recycling program as is shown in "The
Story of CARH.