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Taking Bullhead by the Horns

December 29, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Bullhead City’s TV4 has completed 22 episodes of its cheeky and sometimes ironically cheesy (or perhaps simply nerdy) series that highlights things to do in and around the city from the prospective of younger residents.

Interns, volunteers and a TV4 employee comprise a small group of creators, performers and producers. All appear well south of age 30.

Episodes of “Bullhead by the Horns” are available on YouTube.com as well as posted on the Bullhead City Government Facebook page.

The series isn’t just for residents; visitors can learn about the city and its many offerings.

“We hope that by then end of every episode that you’ll know whether the activity is for you,” said Mackenzie Covert, the city’s communications specialist.

Covert fits in perfectly with the rest of the group. Though he’s in his mid-20s, he looks much younger.

“It’s like a blog,” Covert explained about the concept of the series. “But we plan out what we’re doing.”

Two of the interns won an award in October at the Laughlin International Film Festival for Best Youth Feature Film: Canyon Dimare and Quincy Barham.

The teens created a mystery-satire named “Murrder: Locke and Loaded.” The festival as well as Dimare and Barham’s involvement in it was featured in one of the Bullhead by the Horns episodes.

Both youths attend Mohave High School. Covert said the young men are self-trained as visual storytellers and are continuing to learn.

Christian Burger, Andrea Torrez Gonzales and Kristie McNiel round out the group. McNiel and Barham begin to appear later in the series.

All six perform in the final holiday-themed episode that debuted Christmas Eve. A contrived holiday-related grievance between two of the performers allows for an entertaining demonstration about how to use Zorb balls. Another portion of the episode has some of the players showing off their holiday dessert-making skills.

Many of the activities featured are for youths and young families such as geocaching, disc golfing and creating Halloween costumes using items from a thrift store.

But many of their topics can be of interested to older people. They eat out. They visited the Bullhead Farmers Market and attended CornFest. They volunteered at the animal shelter and did some crafting at Fired Up Art Studio and Gallery.

And there’s some pickleball featured.

Covert said the episode about a trip to Grapevine Canyon required that all involved arrive at the location just past sunrise. They had to leave before noon to avoid the scorching summer heat.

The series hasn’t received wide attention or large numbers of views — at least not yet.

Covert said the break will provide everyone involved some time to think about how they want to approach the series going forward.

Television airing isn’t likely to be a solution. Because some of the episodes have been created through in-kind agreements, they can’t be played on Government Access Television, Covert said.

He pointed out that the in-kind arrangements allow for topics they wouldn’t otherwise be able to present due to expenses. They likely will seek out more of these in-kinds for upcoming episodes.

TV4 shows and records city government meetings. It also produces two TV shows, ”City Connection” and “The Recreation Show;” creates short local information videos for the city; documents important city events by capturing video; and organizes an event bulletin board that runs on its channel, which is part of the local cable lineup provided by Suddenlink.

The group has live-steamed some local sporting events and the goal is to increase the amount of that production activity.

Covert admitted that some of the volunteers aren’t very sports savvy, which makes it more difficult to set up properly for live streams of team sports. They intend to learn by doing, however.

The series and sports live-streaming are among city government activities that provide information about the community to anyone watching while highlighting things to do here. These shows are ways to increase tourism by enhancing the time spent here by visitors. Visitors talking about good experiences is likely to encourage others to follow suit.

City Manager Toby Cotter has ultimate say about the final cut of each episode. Most are roughly 10 to 15 minutes long.

Future episodes will be more tightly produced.

“We’ll cut out some of the less interesting stuff,” he added.

The group should begin presenting new episodes within the next couple of months.

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