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Silly squirrel playing with a sock!

April 18, 2010 1 comment

In this photo and video, Stephen Hill of the Fearless City Mobile Project and Advisor to AHA MEDIA films a silly squirrel playing with a sock! :)

This video was filmed by Stephen Hill of Fearless City Mobile Project and given to April Smith of AHA MEDIA to upload. Stephen Hill filmed this video on a New Media camera – Kodak Zi6.


Both AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project are 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

“The Only Seafoods” being carried away from Hastings and Carrall in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

April 15, 2010 1 comment

In the following photos and video, Stephen Hill of the Fearless City Mobile Project and Advisor to AHA MEDIA films Vancouver’s Legendary “The Only Seafoods” sign being carried away on a flatbed truck from Hastings and Carrall in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This video was filmed by Stephen Hill of Fearless City Mobile Project and given to April Smith of AHA MEDIA to upload. Stephen Hill filmed this video on a New Media camera – Kodak Zi6.

Both AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project are 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 is a photo of the very noticeable absence of the Legendary “The Only Seafoods” sign along Hastings street

April Smith of AHA MEDIA is very proud to be on the cover of Megaphone Magazine in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, in this issue we feature April Smith; once homeless and searching for herself on the streets of the Downtown Eastside, she is now one of the city’s leading social media activists.

We look at Leef Evans, who battled crippling depression in his Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel, yet has gone on to become one of the city’s most formidable artists and a big part in the burgeoning street soccer movement. And we remember Margaret Prevost, a disabled athlete known to many as ‘the mayor of the Downtown Eastside’, who sadly passed away last month.

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We encourage everyone to buy a copy from your favourite vendor or sign up to read online! :)

http://www.megaphonemagazine.com/content/subscribe.html

Megaphone’s mission is to provide an opportunity for our homeless and low-income vendors. We are very proud of how hard our vendors work – to become self-sufficient and build grassroots support to end poverty. Please support our vendors by buying a copy of the magazine from them.

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)

Stephen Hill and April Smith were doing experimental aerial videography through kite flying for Fearless City Mobile and W2 at Crab Park on Canada Day

July 6, 2009 2 comments

Stephen Hill and April Smith were doing experimental aerial videography through kite flying for

Fearless City Mobile http://www.fearlesscity.ca/mobile

W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.org

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Stephen Hill’s first test of Nokia N95 in kite holder during Canada Day Celebrations at Crab Park to begin to experiment with aerial videography through Kite Flying

In this video, April Smith films Stephen Hill doing a test flight with the Nokia N95 in the Kite holder to see if the Kite can bear the weight of the cameraphone ( The Nokia N95 was NOT recording during this time)

April Smith films a second cam documentation of Nokia N95 recording and doing experimental aerial videography with a Kite during Canada Day Celebrations at Crab Park

This video is a second cam documentation by April Smith with another camera of the Kite holding the Nokia N95 as it RECORDS during the short flights off the ground


Stephen Hill puts the Nokia N95 into Kite holder to RECORD while doing experimental aerial videography through kite flying at Crab Park on Canada Day in Vancouver

April Smith’s Nokia N95 while RECORDING, gets placed into the kite holder by Stephen Hill at Crab Park during Canada Day Celebration.

One can see the unique perspectives of the Nokia N95′s recording during the short flights with the Kite off the ground at Crab Park!!!

This is a very wonderful way to experiment creative and technological ways of filmmaking :)

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