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AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have ongoing rehearsals for our second performance of “Love In Shadows” – Shadow Theatre Play in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have ongoing rehearsals for our second performance of “Love In Shadows” – Shadow Theatre Play at the end of March at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

AHA MEDIA cast and crew members were so encouraged by the very positive feedback by our audience from our first performance, we are continuing to do rehearsals in anticipation for our second performance.

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Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA’s cast and crew of  the second production of “Love in the Shadows”

Richard Czaban, Hugh Lampkin, Clyde Wright, Holly Boyd, Alvin Clayton and Alex Martin

AHA MEDIA wants to present a play with seven scenes based on true personal stories about how child abuse, trauma and sexual molestation can lead to some folks unable to deal with issues and may end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside trying to cope in a variety of harmful ways .

Warning – the following scene is considered graphic but is a real story that happened to some of our actors

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Fujifilm S200EXR. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below are thoughts from AHA MEDIA cast and crew and their thoughts on WHY they are presenting a graphic shadow play depicting Child Abuse scenes from their childhood to help inform people WHY some end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside and how they want to have a Harm Reduction project

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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AHA MEDIA believes “Love In The Shadows” can show the reasons WHY some people end up in the DTES – for the MEDIA, our friends and street folks. We wanted to help everyone remember us and our stories through visual and performing arts

AHA MEDIA is about doing positive community engagement and harm reduction strategies in our neighborhood through media, arts and now shadow theatre performances from our members.

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AHA MEDIA is very proud to have been mentioned in the Georgia Straight  by Stephen Hui from our first production in February

http://www.straight.com/article-294916/vancouver/downtown-eastside-media-makers-put-first-shadow-play

Downtown Eastside media makers to put on first shadow play

By Stephen Hui

A group of Downtown Eastside media makers will present its first shadow play on Saturday (February 27).

AHA Media will put on Love in the Shadows at the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network’s art space (67 East Hastings Street) in the Lux hotel.

“AHA MEDIA wanted to present a play with six scenes based on true personal stories about how child abuse, trauma and sexual molestation can lead to some folks unable to deal with issues and may end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside trying to cope in a variety of harmful ways,” the group states on its Web site.

“AHA MEDIA believes our play can show the reasons WHY some people end up in the DTES – for the MEDIA, our friends and street folks.”

The show—starring Alvin ClaytonMike McNeeley, and Richard Czaban—starts at 7 p.m.

You can follow Stephen Hui on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenhui

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AHA MEDIA is proud to do our “Love in the Shadows” Play in great collaboration with DTES CAN – (DTES Community Arts Network)

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have Richard Czaban as our newest Community Photographer in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have Richard Czaban as our newest Community Photographer in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

I am 50 years old and been DTES for 15 years off and on. I have been back for 2 years. I am  please to say Drug free for almost 2 years. I have been take pictures for the last 2 months and I have got  my passion back!  I am looking to the future.

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Richard Czaban is involved with other great groups such as Fearless City Mobile, DTES Community Arts Network, W2 Culture + Media House of W2 Community Media Arts here in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.

AHA MEDIA is very pleased that Tom Hall of WOMWORLD LONDON donated a Nokia N86 for a trial period for Fearless City Mobile Project of W2 Culture + Media House for W2 Community Media Arts in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 15, 2010 3 comments

AHA MEDIA is very pleased that Tom Hall of WOMWORLD LONDON donated a Nokia N86 for Fearless City Mobile Project of W2 Culture + Media House for W2 Community Media Arts in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

The Nokia N86 was generously donated by Tom Hall of WOMWORLD LONDON  http://www.womworld.com/nokia/ for a trial period for Fearless City Mobile Project Members  to livestream events of W2 Culture + Media House for W2 Community Media Arts in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

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Below is a photo of April Smith of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project pointing at the Nokia N86, with Tom Hall of WOMWORLD LONDON with Mike McNeely of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project  standing behind them

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Below is a photo of  Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project  smiling broadly at the thought of trying out a Nokia N86 from Tom Hall of WOMWORLD LONDON

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In this photo is Peter Davies, Alvin Clayton and Mike McNeely of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile with Tom Hall of WOMWORLD LONDON

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In this video, Tom Hall of WOMWORLD LONDON pronounces NOKIA in 3 languages in Vancouver DTES for Peter Davies, Alvin Clayton and Mike McNeely of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video is Peter Davies and Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project trying out the Camera functions of the Nokia N86 at the DTES CAN Art Space in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA is pleased to attend Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

December 16, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is pleased to attend Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
www.vancouverparks.ca

“The fences are coming down”

The Pigeon Park renewal project is substantially completed, The removal of the fencing represents the return of this important public space to the community.

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In this photo and video, Sarah Blyth of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation welcomes us to Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or —Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo and video, A speech is given where Beverly Dobrinsky and Carnegie Village Choir are invited to sing at Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo and video, Beverly Dobrinsky and Carnegie Village Choir sing at Pigeon Park’s Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15 2009


This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo, Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and Ellen Woodsworth – Vancouver City Councillor watch the performance by Carnegie Village Choir

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In this photo and video, Terry Hunter, Joseph Pepe Danza and DTES Samba Band play at Pigeon Park Grand Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this photo, Dalannah Gail Bowen of  Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts  sings

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In this photo, Andrea Reimer  – Vancouver City Councillor chats with Constance Barnes – Vancouver Park Board

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Hungry Folks line up for Chili, Cheese Scones and Hot Chocolate at Pigeon Park

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In this photo, Garvin Snider gives his thoughts on the new Pigeon Park

Please see all 35 photos on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/7215762288446

Neighbourhood Swatch: How a Downtown East Side Creative Agency is making a difference with a $12,500 Gift of Creative Services to Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

What do a 70 year old gospel mission and a nine-year old creative agency have in common? The Downtown Eastside, for one. Like many of the applied and creative arts agencies in the North end of Vancouver’s poorest postal code, Burnkit Creative is energetic, thoughtful, and not afraid to work alongside the contradictions and contrast of the Downtown Eastside.

So while many businesses were cutting back during the recent economic downturn, Burnkit took a look around their own neighborhood and decided to lend their talent and energy to support a non-profit agency that would in turn help those who have been hit hardest by the recession: the homeless and working poor of the Downtown Eastside. The result was a contribution of $12,500 worth of creative services toward the Union Gospel Mission’s annual Christmas ad and direct mail campaign.

For Union Gospel Mission, Burnkit was a natural fit. “People who work on the Downtown Eastside often have a certain raw edge to their work, and that’s what we were looking for in this campaign,” says Genesa Wheaton, Director of Resource Development at Union Gospel Mission. “Not many businesses would choose to set up shop in the poorest postal code in Canada. That type of entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to become a part of this community are not lost on those of us who live and work on the Downtown Eastside. For a company like Burnkit to literally put their money where their office is and support UGM in a new, unique way is corporate philanthropy in action.”

Burnkit brought that edge into the campaign as they began the creative process with Union Gospel Mission. “We wanted to engage people in a new way, unlike anything else UGM had ever expressed in previous campaigns – and Burnkit was up for the challenge,” explains Wheaton. “We wanted to help Vancouverites rethink homelessness and addiction, and the response we’ve received to date says that it’s working.”

The resulting ads (attached in low-res; high-res available on request) feature photos of people who have used UGM’s services, and are now UGM staff members, appearing confident and offering unexpected comments like, “I wish I was stuck in traffic.”

“We wanted to jar people a little bit, and make them reevaluate their neighbour’s problems – and their own,” says Josh Dunford, Director at Burnkit. “So maybe next time, instead of being upset, they think, ‘Ok, I’m not going to let this traffic jam ruin my day. I’m thankful for what I’ve got. Some people would love to have a car to be warm and dry in, and a job to be going to.’”

“If people truly want to help, this is a great way to make a difference this Christmas,” says Wheaton, “and we’re thankful organizations like Burnkit, and supporters of UGM see the value in supporting those in need at Christmas time.“

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.

AHA MEDIA attended Rockafellas’ Music event at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21, 2009

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Rockafellas Website -http://www.rockafellasduo.wordpress.com

Join Rockafellas on Facebook -http://www.Facebook.com/RockafellasDuo

Join Rockafellas on Twitter -http://www.Twitter.com/Rockafellas

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Memphis, “Walk of Life” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

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

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Suspicious Minds” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

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

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Around and Around” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

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

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Memphis, Tennessee” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

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

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “I Like It, I Love It” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Saturday Nov 21 2009

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

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