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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 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” :)

Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA and Ron become parody Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Jack Layton

July 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Parody of Stephen Harper and Jack Layton

In this video, Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA and his good friend Ron and fellow musician Ron become parody Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Jack Laytonour federal political party leaders of Canada

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a HTC TITAN 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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 Below are videos filmed by April Smith on a Nokia N77 when she first started to learn how to film on a mobile cameraphone.

Imagine Prime Minister  Stephen Harper and Jack Layton playing guitars together?

Al Tkatch and Ron play the song  “Framed”

 

Al Tkatch and Ron play the song “La Grange”

Al Tkatch and Ron playing ” Spirit in the Sky”

Hendrik Beune, Director of AHA MEDIA film of Al Tkatch and Ron playing “Stuck in the middle with you”

AHA MEDIA with Rob Jones, Vancouver Music Writer at Mojave CD Release Party at Cafe Deux Soleils in Vancouver

June 2, 2009 Leave a comment

April Smith of AHA MEDIA was honored and pleased to be a mobile new media photographer, videographer, and live twitter caster for Rob Jones ( @Clippernolan) a Vancouver Music Writer at Mojave CD Release Party at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive in Vancouver on May 30, 2009

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Below is a photo of Paul Jarvis of Mojave http://www.myspace.com/mojave and Rob Jones http://www.clippernolan.wordpress.com

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” Anomalous Disturbances” was also featured during the evening perfomance.

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For a full review of Mojave CD Release Party, please read Rob Jones’ article at http://kl.am/tBv :)

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To see 36 Mojave photos, please see our Flickr http://tinyurl.com/mot64n

To see 6 Mojave Videos,  please see  http://tinyurl.com/c3clyd

It was a memorable Mojave evening! :)

AHA MEDIA gets interviewed by Animal Mother Films

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment

 AHA MEDIA was pleased to be interviewed by Animal Mother Films at One Stop Shop Cards and Games http://www.onestopshopcardsandgames.com in Tinseltown Mall in Vancouver.

Animal Mother Films is a full service film production company based in Vancouver BC, dedicated to making provocative and engaging films that aren’t ashamed to have a social conscience.  Working with some of the most creative minds this city has to offer,  AMF strives to tell stories that resonate with audiences well past the last frame and compel them to make a difference. http://www.animalmotherfilms.com 

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AHA MEDIA met Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy of Animal Mother Films during projects for Fearless City Mobile. http://www.fearlesscity.ca/mobile :)

AHA MEDIA wishes to thank Animal Mother Films and crew in interviewing us for their upcoming film :)

Pictorial Review of Knight and Day Restaurant at Lougheed and Boundary in East Vancouver

April 23, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA decided to go for breakfast at Knight and Day Restaurant in East Vancouver

3684 Lougheed Hwy
Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-299-7701
Fax: 604-299-1922

This is a restaurant that is open 24 hours except on Sundays when they close early.

Well worth the drive out to this East Van location, AHA MEDIA walked in hungry for a quick breakfast and were immediately greeted by friendly staff who sat us down to our table. 

We  didn’t  even have time to look at the two enormous aquariums stocked with giant sized fish which is a nice calming and welcoming focal point upon Knight and Day’s entrance way. It was peaceful atmosphere with other couples enjoying their meals, judging by the smiles on their faces

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Our waitress was a very sweet,  lovely and vivacious young woman named “Shane” (her nickname ) who was of Iranian and Kurdish descent. She was prompt and was very nurturing in her service, always there at the right time to refill our drinks and make light conversation with us. :)

Since we were on a time budget, she responded by quickly bringing out our dishes  and cooked to perfection!

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My dining companion ordered Steak and Eggs which were smothered in Grilled Mushrooms.

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 He was surprised at the amount of food!  “Wow!”

While eating his steak, he exclaimed that it was so tender, he could cut it with a fork! :)  ” How’s that for a breakfast steak? , he announced as he happily ate his breakfast with great gusto!

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I ordered a Cheese Omelette :

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 I was really amazed at the amount of cheese in the omelette!  I was very happy! :)

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We were lucky to sit by the two gigantic aquariums  which provided us some visual entertainment while we had a nice conversation. It was a very relaxing time to eat at Knight and Day Restaurant despite our tightly packed schedule. :)

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Our bill with drinks came to only $25.50. For the quality of food and service, we expected to see a higher amount, so we tipped our waitress some more :)

Our experience at Knight and Day was exceptional! :) Lovely and attentive waitress, Very Good Food, and Great value! We were very happy with our East Vancouver food choice compared to a more recent Downtown Vancouver restaurant review of ours which was  more expensive  coupled with bouts of inattentive service to our table.

As we were leaving, our wonderful waitress called out ” Please come back soon !” –  When was the last time, a waitress wanted you to come back and truely meant what she said?  :)

Just that one final comment alone from her was a nice finishing touch to our breakfast and a great start to our busy day!

AHA MEDIA will definitely be coming back to Knight and Day at Lougheed and Boundary! :)

AHA MEDIA is pleased to introduce Rockin’ Randy, a Cree Native and Guitarist from Victoria, B.C.

April 22, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, while visiting his uncle in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, Rockin’ Randy, a Cree Native living in Victoria, B.C., talks about himself, his music and his life! Randy has a great welcoming personality and an engaging smile! :)  You can find out more about Rockin’ Randy on Facebook

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N77 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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