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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 is very honored to be featured in “With Glowing Hearts” the movie directed by Andrew Lavigne and produced by Jon Ornoy of Animal Mother Films

August 10, 2009 2 comments

more about “With Glowing Hearts“, posted with vodpod

 

 

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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 both our mentors, Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy for a wonderful movie trailer! :)

Thanks to all our friends and our colleagues in the film ” With Glowing Hearts” :)

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.

AHA MEDIA is very proud to be MEDIA SPONSOR of Vancouver Blogathon at Workspace in Gastown, Vancouver on July 25 for 24hrs!

July 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Vancouver Blogathon is an event on July 25 where local bloggers blog for charity for 24 hours straight! The event will be held at Workspace in Gastown, where bloggers can share ideas and keep the momentum going during the course of a whole day and night.

During the blogathon, participating bloggers are to publish posts every half hour for 24 hours straight.. that’s 48 posts in total!  Along the way they are encouraged to collect pledges (using the Blogathon.org pledge system) in order to raise funds for the non-profit of their choice.

AHA MEDIA’s charity is for Community Education Resource Society aka Co-op Radio Station at 102.7 FM http://www.coopradio.org/

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Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 102.7 FM is a non-commercial, co-operatively owned, listener-supported, community radio station.

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Co-op Radio is a voice for the voiceless that strives to a provide space for under-represented and marginalized communities.

You can sponsor us by : http://www.blogathon.org/?page_id=683

AHA blogathon for CRES

How do I sponsor?

  1. Go to the list of bloggers, and when you find someone you’d like to support, click the sponsor this blogger link.

We are listed as

April Smith aka @AprilFilms of AHA MEDIA 

Blogging for:
Community Radio Education Society (CRES) 

Sponsor this blogger!

The fastest way to find us to to the Alphabetical section of the Blog List http://www.blogathon.org/list.php?sort=alpha

  1. If you’re logged in, you’ll go right to the amounts page. Otherwise, you’ll be given the option to sign up or log in.
  2. Choose how much you’d like to sponsor for, and whether it’s a lump sum, or an hourly amount.
  3. Decide how you’d like to appear on the site, and to your blogger. You can be completely open, or completely anonymous. Either way, your email address is never published on the site. See our privacy policy for details.
  4. Watch the event! Well, as much as you can stay up for.
  5. After the event, you’ll receive two reminders directing you to your blogger’s charity to fulfill your pledge. If you have already donated, just disregard the email.

This year, Kontent Creative Group volunteered to design a new badge for the event. Local bloggers who wish to participate can visit Miss604’s blog to download a badge.

As always, AHA MEDIA will provide viewers media rich, compelling community content both in our Media Sponsorship of Vancouver Blogathon and through our own posts showcasing other bloggers and their very worthy causes! :)

Come and support all of us local participants in the Blogathon for Charity!

Sponsor us to help Co-op Radio 102.7FM from the Vancouver Downtown Eastside http://www.coopradio.org/

http://www.blogathon.org/login.php?action=pledging&blogid=189

Pivot Potluck in Wonderland! Music, People, Food, Fun!

July 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Pivot Potluck in Wonderland!
Music, People, Food, Fun!

Visit the Facebook page about the event here

Host: Pivot Legal Society
Type: Party – Barbecue

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Date: 12 July 2009
Time: 15:00 – 21:00
Location: Trout Lake Park – south-east corner

Description

It’s sunny, it’s warm, and it’s time for Pivot’s Summer Potluck in Wonderland! Come out and join Pivot staff, board, interns, and volunteers for a relaxed potluck at Trout Lake Park on Sunday July 12th. Mingle with other Pivot supporters, talk social change, play a game of croquet, or just lounge in shade and enjoy the scenery.

We will be sharing the south-eastern side of park with the 15th annual Alice in Wonderland Festival and Mad Tea Party and the organizers are excited about Pivot supporters being part of the festivities.

So bring your rabbit ears and/or top hats and get ready for quite a show – the festival runs from 1 – 5 and the finale includes a performance by the legendary Carnival Band.

To see the festival in action – check out this video from last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWXy65GNX5s

Plus! See the new top 40 Hope in Shadows photos and vote for your favourite three!

What: Pivot Summer Potluck in Wonderland
When: Sunday, July 12th 3 – 8
Where: Trout Lake off 19th Avenue (south-east end of the park)
Who: Pivot supporters like you!

What you should bring:

Food: bring your favorite dish to share with everyone – and just so that we don’t end up with 200 different potato salads, send Naila a quick email at getinvolved [at] pivotlegal [dot] com and let us know what you are bringing. We are attempting to make the potluck a paper-plate free event, so please bring something to eat on (ceramic plate, tupperware, etc.) and utensils.

Musical instruments: if you have a musical instrument and feel like playing on a Sunday in the park, please bring it along.

Games: we have the basics – soccer, frisbee, croquet – covered but if you have a game that you really want to share, bring it out.

Costumes: If you want to engage with the festival the possibilities are endless (see the video). Some easy items include: rabbit ears, top hats, face-paint, Alice dresses.

Looking forward to seeing you in the park!

Visit the Facebook page about the event here

AHA MEDIA to be a Media Sponsor of James Charlton and Nick Nalmpantidis running LAN party of Anime Evolution 09 at Vancouver Convention Centre

June 3, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is proud to be a media sponsor for James Charlton and Nick  Nalmpantidis’ running of the LAN party for Anime Evolution 09 http://www.animeevolution.com  on June 11-14th at the new Vancouver Convention Centre http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com

In this video, James Charlton of http://www.lanpartyeh.com speaks about runnng the LAN party ( together with Nick Nalmpantidis )

 

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.

The following photos show a souvenier waterbottle from Anime Evolution held by Nick  Nalmpantidis

Anime Evolution 1

anime evolution 2

anime evolution 3

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