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Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA and Van Jensen on how they’d like to be Media Reps on Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In the following photos and video, Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA and Van Jensen at LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside talk about how some Traditional Media represents only sensationalist aspects of the area and how they’d like to be Media Reps on Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA reports on Sam the Candy Man’s Free Donations Giveaway every Thursday night in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA reports on Sam the Candy Man’s Free Donations Giveaway every Thursday night  at 8pm near Main and Hastings corner in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Below is Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA standing with Sam the Candy Man who hands out candy and clothing for folks in the area

In this video, Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA speaks about Sam the Candy Man who comes down every Thursday night and sets up in near in front of the Balmoral Hotel and Hotel Washington at Main and Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilm

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Below is a photo of Sam the Candy Man searching for shoes to give out

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In this video, Volunteers help Sam the Candy Man in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) at a table set up in near in front of the Balmoral Hotel and Hotel Washington at Main and Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Clothing Giveaway at Sam the Candy Man table set up in near in front of the Balmoral Hotel and Hotel Washington at Main and Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making new media films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith DM April Smith at Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

In photo below,  Dave Jeanes helps out at the clothing table with Sam the Candy Man

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In photo below, a man poses for the camera while at the Clothing Table of Sam the Candy Man

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In photo below, “Chain Man” stands with Young Volunteers for Sam the Candy Man

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In photo below, is Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA standing near the lineup for giveaways for Sam the Candy Man

AHA MEDIA is very proud to present “With Glowing Hearts” – a documentary on social media and W2 Community Media Arts Centre in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Animal Mother Films invites you to join us for a drink and exclusive preview from the film at the official launch party for the website for our documentary project With Glowing Hearts. We continue to capture the pressures facing Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as the city prepares to host the Winter Olympics next February, and how a remarkable group of individuals is using cutting edge social media technologies to empower their community.

WGH-is a story about a revolution, one of social change and a paradigm shift in media representation. Vancouver sets the stage, against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Games, for our documentary about a marginalized community embracing social media tools to empower, inspire and breakdown the digital divide.

This is a project that Andrew Lavigne is directing and is being produced by animalmotherfilms.com. Shot on various capture devices including the Red, the HVX 200, the 5D MkII and the Nokia N77 cellphone. We began shooting Feb/2009 and will continue through March/2010.

Director Andrew Lavigne and Producer Jon Ornoy are now 9 months into production, charting the inspiring story of the creation of the W2 Media Arts Center as part of the Woodward’s redevelopment and the vital steps towards breaking down the digital divide that will take place within its walls.

With the launch of wghthemovie.ca, our Facebook presence and the Games only a few months away, we’re excited to throw the doors wide open and let you have a look inside.

J-Hock of AHA MEDIA talks about Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

J-Hock of AHA MEDIA talks about Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Read about Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act – where the Homeless get picked up by Police to go into shelters!

http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th1st/1st_read/gov18-1.htm

According to

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Opponents of the province’s new ‘Assistance to Shelter Act’ are holding a rally today in the Downtown Eastside, intensifying the fight over what to do about Vancouver’s homeless during the Olympic Games.

Opponents call it the “Olympic Kidnapping Act’, saying the act is unconstitutional.  The province maintains it is simply trying to help people who cant, or wont, help themselves.  Some claim the homeless are being chased out of the city altogether before February 2010.  A drop-in centre in Kelowna is reporting a 20 per cent increase in traffic, with many of the new clients saying they are from Vancouver.

http://www.news1130.com/news/local/more.jsp?content=20091125_142744_7224

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In this video, J-Hock of AHA MEDIA speaks on Bill 18 – Assistance to Shelter Act in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

April Smith interviewed by Guest Host Ian Hanomansing on BC Child Poverty Rates at CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition on Wednesday November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Wednesday November 25, 2009

Why does BC lead the nation in child poverty rates?  CBC Radio The Early Edition spoke to April Smith, a young woman who grew up in poverty in the downtown eastside.  Download this interview. (runs 8:59) http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/podcast/

http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/bcearlyedition_20091125_23565.mp3

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Below is a photo of  April Smith with Host Ian Hanomansing in Studio 10 at CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition.

Ian Hanomansing was a very exellent host to April! :)

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Below is a photo of April Smith with Shiral Tobin – CBC Radio One Early Edition Director.

Shiral Tobin was very warm in welcoming and reassuring to April for her first time interview on air! :)

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Below are two of CBC Vancouver’s tweets to April Smith on Twitter

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Below is a photo of Raymond Cochrane – Security at CBC Radio who was welcoming to April upon first arrival! :)


Many thanks to everyone CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition for allowing April Smith to speak on BC Child Poverty Rates!

http://www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/

Below are 19 photos of CBC Radio interview on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622752420463/

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