DIGITAL ADVERTISING    |   FILM + VIDEO PRODUCTION

Ascender Communications, Inc. specializes in digital advertising and producing premium film and video content for businesses, government, non-profits and broadcast media.  

COMMERCIALS / PSAs

SPORTS   |   BILL PICKETT INVITATIONAL RODEO 35TH ANNIVERSARY  (2019)

DIGITAL SERIES

ADRIAN MILLER'S SOULFUL BITES (2019)

Factual Video Series

E3: Soul Food In Space
We commemorate the 50th anniverary of Apollo 11 moon landing, with Soul Food Scholar Adrian Miller explains how many of the ‘super foods’ that are being “discovered’ and promoted by scientists and nutritionists have long been staples of the African American /soul food plate since the days slavery in the U.S.

SERIES TEASER
Author and Food Historian, Adrian Miller, shares tasty bites of history about the evolution of America’s most controversial cuisine.

E1: HOW BLACK PEOPLE GOT ‘SOUL’ 
In this first episode, Adrian Miller explains how the term ‘soul food’ was adopted to describe the hybrid cuisine that blended African, European and Native American cooking traditions.

E2: TAKING SOUL FOOD GLOBAL
African Americans in the US Armed Services during WWI, WWII and Vietnam /Korean Wars, became ambassadors of Soul Food–taking the cuisine to other countries where there was a similar culinary palate and greater social acceptance.

Campaigns

DIGITAL PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGNS  |  Linking Denver, Colorado to Community and Clinical Care

We have proudly supported Colorado Black Health Collaborative (CBHC) and their partners in the Denver-metro area with integrated communications services for almost 10 years.  Most recently, we created ‘FLOW'(FORM A LIFETIME OF WELLNESS) –a marketing campaign that promoting linkages to clinical and community care among  Africans/African Americans  in the Denver metro area. After four successful years, we were able to expand this initiative by focusing on improving health insurance literacy.  Our focus groups that revealed that most people had access to health coverage. However there was a gap in how understanding how to access services. The following print and social media messages promoted how Denver residents should use their insurance to access preventive services in their local area that are free of charge.

CBHC (DENVER)

DC Healthy Families + DC Healthcare Alliance

Public Service Announcement (Video Series)  |  PUBLIC HEALTH 

SHORT FILM

Making Gumbo Jubilee: Triumph of Dr. Howard Conyers (2019)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT  (TRT: 9:00 Mins) |  AFRICAN AMERICAN FOOD HISTORY

The Story

This short film chronicles 24 hours of preparation by Dr. Howard Conyers, rocket scientist, BBQ Pit Master and host of PBS Digital show ‘Nourish’ as he roasts a whole cow for his landmark Gumbo Jubilee celebration.

Gumbo Jubilee was a community-wide celebration of African-American culinary heritage and foodways hosted by Dr. Conyers. The event was  a part of the 300th commemoration of the city of New Orleans. It was held on Saturday, October 20th. Many notable African-American chefs, historians and food writers traveled to New Orleans to support the event.

Dr. Conyers, a South Carolina native, has received national attention for his whole pig roasts and lectures on black foodways.  However, this was the first time he ever endeavored to roast a 300-pound cow–and it has not been done in the city of New Orleans in over a century.