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With Glowing Hearts – The Movie Theatrical Screening in Vancouver – Sat Sept 24 7pm

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

24 September · 19:00 – 22:00

SFU Woodward’s
149 W Hastings

Vancouver, British Columbia

Created by:
Jon Ornoy, Andrew Lavigne

More info
It’s the WGH cross-Canada screening series! Here’s your chance to see our little movie up on the big screen in a city near you. Each show will be preceded by a photo display in the the theatre lobby from photographer Kris Krug. After the film stick around for a Q+A with producer Jon Ornoy. Tickets on sale now online (, or at the door.

You can watch the trailer at

The social network is replacing the broadcast network as the place where the world gets its news. From the Ukraine to the Mid East and everywhere in between, people are turning on to new ways of tuning in, and joining this emerging media democracy. With Glowing Hearts is a film about Social Media in action; its power to represent, inspire and break down the digital divide.

In February 2010, the Winter Olympics stormed through Vancouver, along with 5,000 international media assigned to cover the Games. At these Games, record numbers of residents, activists and fans used their blogs, video-streaming cellphones and the Internet to connect, engage and tell the story like never before. Centered on an unlikely initiative coming out of the city’s most impoverished and maligned neighborhood to create the Games’ first dedicated Social Media center, the film offers viewers an exclusive glimpse into a potent melding of technology, activism and passion

Below is a photo of Jon Ornoy, Andrew Lavigne, Garvin Snider, April Smith and Irwin Oostindie

April Smith of AHA MEDIA is very honored to be a Keynote Speaker at Northern Voice conference 11 at UBC

May 13, 2011 Leave a comment

April Smith and AHA MEDIA will be presenting  a Keynote Speech at Northern Voice Conference on Friday May 13, 2011

April Smith, Hendrik Beune and Peter Davies make the letters AHA with their fingers while at  Woodwards Housing in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

April is a citizen journalist and co-founder of AHA MEDIA.

“I’m a citizen journalist and co-founder of AHA MEDIA. I have also been involved with W2’s Fearless City Mobile Project – which has presented here at Northern Voice in previous years – and I facilitate social media literacy classes at LifeSkills Centre and Oppenheimer Park.  In my teaching work, I encourage and promote peer training to support education in technology.

I believe, if my neighbors in the Downtown Eastside are able to access communication and technology – as people do in other neighborhoods – I feel it will help create positive change. I know this because it’s helped me create a better life for myself.

I work with W2, which is active in this area of breaking the digital divide and believes access to technology and communication is a human right. For those who have been following, W2 is finally opening a 10,000 square foot community media centre at the Woodward’s Atrium. From this fabulous new space, W2 will help people with their digital storytelling, with a crossmedia lab that broadcasts on CJSF and Coop Radieo, and Novus and Shaw Cable, and the internet.

Programs like Fearless City Mobile and this new media centre put technology in the hands of people and will help more people overcome marginalization by connecting people with society and supporting their self-representation. I know this work is important for transforming people’s lives because it’s where I began. This is my story.

I am cheerleader for positive community building and outreach. Through art, music, and community promotion, I am a self-taught advocate for social justice and positive neighborhood unity. This is really important given that the voices of our marginalized groups are usually mediated by others, rarely do we represent ourselves. Out of W2’s Fearless project was born our social enterprise ” AHA MEDIA.”

AHA MEDIA is a small business that supports social justice by creating spaces for people to represent themselves.

My interests are documentation of daily life in the Downtown Eastside, highlighting the positive, while bringing to light the injustices that occur in the neighborhood.

I have filmed observations, both subversive and situational, over the last 3 years.

Using social media, new media, mobile technology, photos, videos and blogs,  I concentrate on sharing the stories and voices of the otherwise-silenced inner city community. Through our website we reach our neighbors, reach Vancouverites from other neighborhoods, plus a global audience

April Smith, Hendrik Beune and Richard Czaban make the letters AHA with their fingers while at Woodwards Housing in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

I hope to inspire everyone at Northern Voice!

DVD Release of With Glowing Hearts the Movie in Vancouver!!!!!

With Glowing Hearts is a documentary about social media creating social change filmed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

See the new trailer for our recently completed Feature Length Documentary Film. An intimate and inspiring portrait of social media for social change. This is the #van2010 Winter Olympics social media story.

AHA MEDIA at With Glowing Hearts the Movie Screening in Vancouver

February 16, 2011 2 comments

With Glowing Hearts: A Vancouver 2010 Social Media Story explores what it means to be human, #hashtags, hockey and homlessness.

See you there. Tell us about your Olympic Experience on Twitter @WGHTheMovie

The one year anniversary of the games is fast approaching but the effects that it had on our local culture are still largely unexplored. This documentary

After the screening there will be beverages and celebrations at W2

“With Glowing Hearts” – Screening this Saturday Feb 12, 2011

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

This Saturday, the Wait is Over!

Though it’s doubtful that any of you have been waiting as long for this day as Andrew and I, we hope that you’re equally excited.  We can’t wait to finally present the film to everyone and have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest we’ve had so far since announcing the screening a few weeks ago.  If you’ve already signed up on our Eventbrite page, great, but if you haven’t don’t despair because you might still be able to get in just by showing up (or join us for the afterparty at W2).  We know that there are lots of other great Olympic related events going on that day, but we hope that you’ll include us in your schedule.

Here are the details:

  • Saturday February 12th, screening @ 7pm – please arrive early (1/2 hr) to ensure you get a seat and that we can start on time
  • After the film, a Q+A with the filmmakers
  • Afterparty (19+) at W2, the first official event in their new space in Woodward’s!
  • Food supplied by Nuba
  • Screening Address – 149 W Hastings (enter off Cordova) SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Center for the Arts

We’ll also be hosting our friends from W2, Hope in Shadows, Megaphone Magazine and, as well as raising money for the construction of a wireless mesh network in the DTES

Reserved tickets will be held until 15 minutes before showtime and then released on a first come – first served basis.

If you miss this screening, keep your ears open for other opportunities throughout the coming year, and we’ll keep you posted as well


“With Glowing Hearts” DVD preorders open today/Give the gift of producing‏

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Give your loved one the credit they deserve, make them a Producer!

When this project started there were only two people involved, Andrew and I, but now two years later, our family of producers has swelled to around 200 and we’ve got great news for everyone.  Having just submitted our most recent cut of the film to SXSW in Austin TX, we’re very happy to announce that we’re opening presales for the film on the site, with the official launch having been set for February 12, 2011.  We’ll mark the occasion with a special screening of the film in Vancouver where you’ll be able to come pick up your copy on DVD or USB key, with traditional shipping options available to those who can’t make it.   We’re also very excited about our exclusive WGH Producer’s Package which we think is a thoughtful alternative that some people on your list will definitely appreciate receiving this holiday season.

This handsome package includes:

  • An official Producer’s certificate and name in the film’s credits
  • A certificate confirming your $5 contribution to the construction of a wireless mesh network in the Downtown Eastside
  • A ticket to the February 12th, 2011 screening and afterparty at W2
  • One copy of the completed film on DVD or USB

To show our appreciation for the support you’ve already provided, we’re giving all existing producers a 10% discount off any purchases you make on the site, so don’t miss this limited time opportunity to share your involvement with this project with your friends and family.

Thanks for everything,

Jon Ornoy

AHA MEDIA is very proud to celebrate its Second Birthday and Second Year Anniversary online on Thursdayday November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Dear friends, family and fans of AHA MEDIA

We are very happy to share with you that AHA MEDIA online has turned 2 years! This joyous occasion is to be celebrated with some cake and champagne, so please enjoy with us!

We’ve had a full and very enriching year learning, growing, working, collaborating and being part of something greater in Vancouver and Downtown Eastside!

When AHA MEDIA works as  Fearless City Mobile project participants from W2 Community Media Arts Centre, we peer train others in our Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighbourhood on media literacy and help bridge the digital divide in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, most recently through our DTES CAMP

AHA MEDIA is very proud and honored to be in the documentary film With Glowing Hearts

We are  proud to continue to grow everyday and help document/report  from social justice issues , community festivals and  social media events!

AHA MEDIA enjoys providing an independent and alternative perspective to general main stream media views. Through our new media devices and cameraphones, we hope to be a news resource for everyone who is interested in us.

We appreciate everyone and all the times we were able to help in providing our services!

We look forward to another great year with you!

Thanks very much! 🙂

Some of AHA MEDIA’s memorable photo moments of the year