April Smith of AHA MEDIA is a featured storyline in ” With Glowing Hearts” – WGH the Movie

This storyline is from the Documentary ‘With Glowing Hearts‘. It follows April Smith on her journey building AHA Media as the preeminent news source for Vancouver’s DTES using social media for social justice. Along the way April faces many challenges including homelessness

” April Smith is an incredible young woman facing a boat load of challenges.  She has graciously allowed us to follow her for the last 8 months and gather the footage we used to compile this story thread. Hers is a story full of both despair and inspiration. ”



A Social Media revolution has been brewing for the past five years on websites from FaceBook, to Wikipedia, to Flickr, and as it spreads throughout the Internet and into popular culture through an increasing number of portals, it is creating a new sense of community and empowerment amongst those who have embraced it.

History has shown that poor and marginalized communities stand to gain the most from leaps forward in the democratization of information, so the excitement in areas like Vancouver’s maligned Downtown Eastside about the possibilities of Web 2.0 and beyond is palpable.

With the Winter Olympics less than a year away, billions have been spent in preparations and many poverty advocates are concerned about how the city’s several thousand homeless and working poor will fit into the equation as Vancouver puts on its best face for the world.

Against this background the film examines Social Media in action as a group named Fearless City embarks on a campaign to empower and protect its neighbours with cellphones, video-streaming, and the World Wide Web.

With great thanks to Director Andrew Lavigne and Producer Jon Ornoy !

You may contact April Smith via Twitter or Facebook

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  1. December 23, 2009 at 11:52 am

    This is indeed supreme. The people are empowered by social media. Media is no longer controlled by the mega-corporations that dictate content to project their ideology. I applaud you for your struggle and admire you for your courage. Life will have ups and downs. You will be right up there one day April. Best of Luck.

  2. December 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Salim, Thank you very much! :) Trying really hard and hoping for the best! :) Thank you for your support! May 2010 bring us something wonderful!

  3. December 25, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Congratulations April, you look beautiful! Thank you WGH producers and editors for doing such a great job; I learned quite a bit about artistic presentation and good editing techniques, just by looking at the way that you present the video. Keep up the good work!

  4. Christine Seaver
    January 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Hi April,

    What a very moving story. I felt tears flow out of me eyes listening to you speak.
    Congratulations on a worthwhile project in new media. I am happy you and your team are out there speaking positive messages and voicing the needs of all people in the Downtown Eastside.

    Best Wishes,
    Christine

  5. Marcy
    January 16, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Hi April,

    Wow, April I am soo proud to have met you. You are truely an inspiration to us all.
    You’ve encountered many obstacles in your struggle, and yet you dont let anything bring you down! I truely admire your perseverance, you are my Heroine! Its an honor to have you as my friend. Don’t ever stop till you achieve everything you’ve set out to accomplish! You Can Do It!!

    Your Number 1 Fan,
    Marcy Garcia

  1. February 18, 2010 at 6:56 am

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