Painted post man wins awards for 2 video productions

It was a simple act, almost an afterthought, and Charles Baldwin had no idea at the time that it would change his life.

Baldwin, who grew up in Painted Post, has always had a passion for photography and the visual arts. So when a popular regional band performed several years ago, they recorded the concert.

Last year, on a whim, Baldwin submitted a song from this video to an international competition and quickly forgot about it – until he recently learned that his entry had won a medal.

And now Baldwin basks in the glow of recognition he has spent most of his life seeking.

“It validates my self-confidence,” Baldwin, 64, said. “Even if you don’t get a lot of accolades or earn money, it encourages you to keep doing good work.”

An early start as a creator

Over the years Baldwin has worked in many media – film, photography, video, radio – but one thing he learned from each experience is that he enjoyed exercising his creative instincts.

“In high school, I was in the audio-video department. We had a wonderful counselor and an amazing budget,” Baldwin said. “I took classes at Corning Community College and ended up doing broadcasting as a local radio announcer. I loved it.”

Despite his early exposure to mass media, Baldwin ended up following several different career paths across the country, including hotel management, customer service, and web design.

Although he thrived in many of these pursuits, Baldwin said he never really found his niche, nor clearly got the “job well done” message from anyone.

It left him with a familiar hollow feeling, one he traced back to his childhood and a father who was a busy executive, who Baldwin says never had time to acknowledge his son’s accomplishments.

But during his various career changes, Baldwin never lost touch with his early interests and continued to hone his technical skills.

“When I was in Jacksonville, Florida, I was hired as a freelancer by ATT Broadband to do TV commercials. I had learned editing in 1995,” Baldwin said. “I returned to Corning in 2008 and enrolled at Empire State College. I graduated and was hired as an IT consultant at Corning Inc.”

Baldwin may not have been in the know at the time, but his lifelong interest in photography and video technology would eventually earn him the recognition he had always dreamed of.

A forgotten entry, a surprise success

While working in various industries and honing his technical skills, Baldwin also created his own website,, to explore and promote his interest in photography and videography.

Baldwin was acquainted with a regional group known as the Dakotas which achieved good popularity in the late 1970s and early 80s.

When the band performed at a high school reunion party in 2013, Baldwin decided he wanted to tape the performance.

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He didn’t know until years later what a fateful decision it was.

“They did a play, it was an incredibly beautiful piece of work,” he said. “On a lark, I submitted it to the Global Music Awards. I completely forgot I submitted it.”

Baldwin may have forgotten his submission, but not the Global Music Awards.

The Los Angeles-based organization, which holds global competitions in various categories, recently sent a letter to Baldwin informing him that his entry, “Leaves You Sitting There,” received a bronze medal for a music video.

The Global Music Awards awarded Painted Post resident Charles Baldwin a bronze medal for his music video.

It’s recognition not given lightly and one Baldwin can be proud of, said Carson Saflar, CEO and competition coordinator of the Global Music Awards.

“We don’t take into account record sales, fanbase size or other markers of popularity, in order to elevate new and underrepresented artists,” Saflar said. “What we are primarily looking for is quality craftsmanship, emotional communication and innovation, among other category-based qualifiers.

“Each season has over a thousand entrants, and the music video category is one of our most popular,” he said. “Mr. Baldwin’s project was selected from a large international cohort.”

To watch the video, go to

Another video award

Baldwin went from a rock ballad to a completely different musical form – gospel – for his other award-winning video.

It started when Baldwin saw a performance of gospel music by keyboardist Bucky Geter of Elmira.

Baldwin was enchanted and wanted to talk to Geter, and ended up recording and producing a documentary about him called “A Wonderful Conversation with Bucky Geter”.

“I sat for three hours with him. He was a gracious, wonderful human being,” Baldwin said. “I met him at the Monumental Baptist Church. I put cameras on him and we talked about music, religious gospel.”

Baldwin submitted the video to the Christian Online Film Festival, and it won “Best Documentary” in July.

To see a trailer for Baldwin’s Bucky Geter documentary, go to

chasing unfulfilled dreams

Despite his recent success and professional recognition, Baldwin has no plans to slow down.

On the contrary, he has the confidence to aim for even greater goals.

In addition to his technical expertise, Baldwin has learned through experience and extensive reading over the years how to better present and market himself and network with the right people.

He hopes this asset will help him find other opportunities to put his creative talents to good use.

“I always want to make a great movie,” he said. “It’s really important to have a collaborative group of people. I’ve never really had that in my life.

“It’s really important to stand out,” added Baldwin. “At some point, your work is seen by someone important.”

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