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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)

Thank you for reading my recent article “April’s Story” by Gillian Shaw – Digital Life Writer of the Vancouver Sun

December 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Merry Christmas Everybody!

I would like to thank everyone who has read the recent article “April’s Story” in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper by Gillian Shaw, Digital Life Writer

In my article in the Vancouver Sun which came out yesterday, Christmas Eve 2009, I reveal my personal journey of homelessness,  struggles, poverty, my efforts to do Citizen Journalism and Mobile Media Reporting with AHA MEDIA and the volunteer mentoring of other folks in basic Media training in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

If you have not read my article in the Vancouver Sun, please click on the link

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/techsense/archive/2009/12/23/april-s-story.aspx

It has been a really tough year for us at AHA MEDIA and we are seeking donations of electronic gear and equipment  so we may continue to build our community capacity to do mobile media reporting in Vancover and Downtown Eastside

FIDO Pay as You Go Phone Cards for cell phones,

Digital cameras,

SD memory cards,

Laptops/Desktops,

Video cameras,

Audio equipment

We are also looking for donations of warm clothing and food items for our friends and neighbors in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside at the LifeSkills Centre near Oppenheimer Park where we volunteer at

Wish List of Christmas Donations by members of AHA MEDIA and LifeSkills Centre

If you would like to donate FIDO Pay as you go Phone Cards, Electronic Gear and Equipment, Warm Clothing and Food to us at AHA MEDIA and for other folks in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, please email me

Email: Apr@live.ca or  through Twitter or Facebook

Thank you very much and have a Merry Christmas! :)

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

AHA MEDIA was pleased to film Lorraine Murphy at WordCamp Fraser Valley at SFU Surrey Campus

August 24, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA was very pleased to film and document Lorraine Murphy of www.raincoaster.com during her presentation at WordCamp Fraser Valley at SFU Surrey Campus

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AHA MEDIA is proud to have Lorraine Murphy as a good friend and mentor when it comes to social media and blogging with WordPress!

3 April and Lorraine at WCFV

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Every 20 seconds a new WordPress blog comes online. WordPress is the most used blogging software in the World with millions of users across the globe. It makes creating and managing a blog easy with an intuitive user interface.

iheartwordpress

This event is for anyone that has an interest in blogging and WordPress in general. Beginners will learn more about what blogging is and what WordPress software can do. Expert WordPress users will be able to network and learn from other expert bloggers

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The follow videos are of Lorraine Murphy’s presentation at WordCamp FraserValley 2009 These were  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 @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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AHA MEDIA says hello to following friends, colleagues and mentors :)

Rebecca Bollwitt
www.miss604.com

John Bollwitt
www.johnbollwitt.com

Gary Jones
www.bluefur.com

Rainer Schmoll
www.trbn.com

John Biehler
www.johnbiehler.com

Lorraine Murphy
www.raincoaster.com

Raul Pacheco
www.hummngbird604.com

Dave Zille
www.dazil.com
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Below is Raul Pecheco http://www.hummingbird604.com mentor and good friend of April Smith of AHA MEDIA

4 Raul and April at WCFV

Below is a photo of Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA with Gary Jones of www.bluefur.com

2 Peter and Gary

Thanks to Gary Jones of www.bluefur.com and Rainer Schmoll of www.trbn.com for WordCamp Fraser Valley 2009!  :)

Below is a photo of John Biehler www.johnbiehler.com photographing April Smith and Lorraine Murphy :)

10 April, John and Lorraine at WCFV

Please see all 31 photos on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622124391450/

AHA MEDIA is extremely grateful and thankful to Bob Basil, Professor of Applied Communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for his very generous gift of his old URL http://www.downtowneastside.com to us!!

August 12, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is extremely grateful and thankful to Bob Basil, Professor of Applied Communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for his very generous gift of his old URL http://www.downtowneastside.com to us!!

Today is a day of blessed miracles!!  AHA MEDIA became ‘ Official ‘ today AND we received an unexpected gift of the URL of http://www.downtowneastide.com which will be forwarded to us at http://www.ahamedia.ca

Below is a photo of Bob Basil’s Twitter page where he “tweets” …

” My old url now http://www.downtowneastside.com

 now points to the wonderful new mobile social media event website http://www.ahamedia.ca Yay!

The Basil link point

Bob Basil, Professor of Applied Communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and AHA MEDIA  are talking of  exploring  joint educational projects together :)

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Bob Basil, Professor of Applied Communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (shown with superb former student Elaine Chan, above, at Kwantlen’s recent convocation), is President of Basil Communications Inc., a private Vancouver firm, founded in 1996, that provides high-end marketing, strategic planning, and multimedia services for public and private companies in Canada and the United States. The company’s current clients are in the natural-resources sector. “Essentially what I do is stop pages from being blank,” he says.

Basil received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, at SUNY/Buffalo, and received a graduate degree at Stanford University, where he also taught American Literary and Political Culture Studies (1993-1996). Basil has been a professional writer and editor for 29 years.  He has contributed dozens of articles to books and journals – and has served as Executive Editor for Free Inquiry Magazine (1985-1989) and as the Acquisitions and Senior Trade Books Editor for Prometheus Books, Inc. (1990-1993).  His two essay collections, Not Necessarily the New Age and On the Barricades, received critical praise and wide attention. Basil has been interviewed by more than a hundred radio and television programs, including “Larry King Live,” and has been quoted as a communications and cultural expert in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and many other newspapers.

In 1997 Basil launched Ellavon: An Ezine of Basic Culture, an internet publication that has won plaudits for its articles, interviews, fiction, columns, and virtual art and photo exhibits. 

A patron of the arts, Basil plays some jazz piano and has become quite the photo enthusiast since moving to North America’s most beautiful city a number of years ago.

Click here for additional detail.

Basil on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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AHA MEDIA is very excited about its future! 

 Thank you very much Bob Basil for blessing us with your support and excellent ideas!!! :)

AHA MEDIA is pleased to meet The Chinese Library Services Association at Chinatown Night Market in Vancouver

August 10, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very pleased to meet Ronald and Lee of The Chinese Community Library Services Association on Saturday August 8,2009 at Chinatown Night Market in Vancouver.

AHA MEDIA in Chinese 1

The Chinese Community Library Services Association is located at 591 East Pender Street. (604) 254 2107  http://www.chineselibrary.org Email: clibrary@gmail.com

 

Below is a video of Ronald, Manager of the Chinese Community Library writing out AHA MEDIA’s name into beautiful Chinese Characters using a Caligraphy Brush.

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 @AprilFilms on Twitter.

Photo of AHA MEDIA in Chinese Characters 1A

AHA MEDIA in Chinese 2

Every Saturday, during the Chinatown Night Market, one can visit The Chinese Community Library Services Association Booth and get your name written into Chinese Characters by Ronald and his Caligraphy brush for a small donation.

Help Support our local Chinese Community Library in Chinatown :)

Email clibrary@gmail.com

AHA MEDIA is pleased to meet Peter Conway who speaks about his friend Tara McAteer and Truckstop Dining Society who helps feed Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 25, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to hear from Peter Conway who speaks about his friend Tara McAteer and Truckstop Dining Society who helps feed Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES).

http://truckstopdining.org/

Today, Saturday July 25th at Crab Park, there is  Free BBQ and Live Music from 12 Noon to 7 PM

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 @AprilFilms on Twitter.

Free Bbq in Crab Park 500

 

For the last three years, Tara McAteer has worked part-time in the film industry in the Craft Service department. Her job is to provide a constant selection of beverages, pastries, healthy snacks and light meals to a crew of 100 non-stop for a 14 hour work day. She works out of a one tonne truck loaded with a full facility kitchen that is parked on set.

 Our small, grassroots organization, Truckstop Dining Society, is the byproduct of having access to a film food service truck and looking for ways in which to use it to benefit people who need food. In 2007, Tara decided to do something different for Christmas. On Christmas Eve she placed an ad for help on Craigslist and started preparing food. The next morning she drove the film industry food service truck to the Downtown Eastside, joined by two strangers who answered her ad, and fed hot turkey sandwiches to nearly 200 people.

 Despite services already available, there is still a need for wholesome, easily-accessible meals not just at Christmas, but year round. This year, we took the film industry food service truck to Oppenheimer Park and with the help of executive chefs and local dignitaries served Easter dinner to over 1,100 people.

 Although there are hundreds of hungry people who appreciate a hot meal, we believe there is a greater need in our city-the need for unity and more inclusive community. We feel that sharing food is an important step to breaking social barriers, creating community and de-mystifying this area of our city. We hope through providing meals to those who are hungry and those who want to learn more, together, we can look more closely at the issues of the DTES.

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