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AHA MEDIA ‘s First “Holiday Themed” Film in Vancouver Downtown Eastside with LifeSkills Centre members

December 15, 2009 1 comment

AHA MEDIA began producing their first “Holiday Themed” Film  in Vancouver Downtown Eastside with  members of LifeSkills Centre – a drop in centre run by PHS


AHA MEDIA is thankful for the opportunity to make a film through great support from our Artistic Mentor Christoph Runne, staff at LifeSkills Centre and PHS who provides us space,  high end cameras and gear as well as ongoing training in Art, Media and Filmmaking! 🙂

Producing Short Satirical/Parody films is one of the reasons why AHA MEDIA came together in the first place! 🙂 – To do positive community engagement while educating others on the social justice issues of our Downtown Eastside neighborhood

Lights, Cameras, ACTION! 🙂


In this photo is Andrew Lavigne with Hendrik Beune. Andrew is one of AHA MEDIA’s mentors

Andrew Lavigne is  also Directing a movie  which has AHA MEDIA as one of the story lines and includes great insights into social media, social justice, Vancouver Downtown Eastside and the Olympics!


In this photo, Hendrik Beune takes “roll call” with LifeSkills Centre members interested in acting


In this video are members from LifeSkills Centre getting ready for AHA MEDIA First “Holiday Themed” Film Shoot in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This 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


In this following photo is April and Hendrik  – in a serious moment before the camera! 🙂


In this photo, the cast reads their lines while April stands by 🙂


In this photo, Hendrik and Clyde of AHA MEDIA stand with Andrew Lavigne after being out in the cold weather to film our scenes!

AHA MEDIA is very proud to present Traces: Projecting Neighbourhood Stories July 24-25, 2009 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 23, 2009 1 comment


Traces: Projecting Neighbourhood Stories

July 24-25, 2009, 9:15-11:00pm

various venues along 400-block East Hastings

between Jackson and Dunlevy

August 1, 2009, 9:15-10:30pm

Woodland Park

as part of the Powell Street Festival


Traces to activate and illuminate Hastings Corridor

It’s only a few days until a stretch of Vancouver’s East Hastings Street will be animated and illuminated by Traces: Projecting Neighbourhood Stories. The latest community art project from Media Undefined, Traces is inspired by the Strathcona and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods, their people, and their stories. The project will be unveiled in a series of outdoor screenings on the evenings of July 24 and 25.

For the past several months, teams of artist mentors and youth interns have been interviewing merchants, seniors, and longtime residents in the neighbourhood and turning their stories into works of video, animation, and shadow puppetry. Participants have been struck by their common interests, including the role of food in the neighbourhood (which boasts a number of thriving community gardens), and the relationship between people and architecture. That latter relationship will be a central focus for the project’s shadow puppetry play, which will animate buildings through the stories of people who live there. The multi-lingual video component of the event will zero in on stories of people from the four corners of Hastings and Jackson. The stop motion animation piece features the story of a neighbourhood resident and his dog’s neighbourhood wanderings to reflect the type of conversations and interactions artists and youth have been having through the project.

AHA MEDIA is proud to announce that our Director, Hendrik Beune’s image has been made into a puppet form and has a hilarious story in Traces: Projecting Neighbourhood Stories!!


Venues for the event, all located along the East Hastings corridor, are the storefront window at the Patricia Hotel, the empty lot at the corner of Hastings Street and Jackson Avenue, and outside the Chapel Arts Centre on Dunlevy Street. The work will also be presented at Woodland Park as part of the Powell Street Festival on August 1. And in September 2009, Traces will travel to community gathering places throughout the neighbourhood including schools, libraries, and community centres.

Traces is being developed by Media Undefined’s Jaimie Robson in partnership with the Strathcona Community Centre. Robson and mentoring artists Tamara Unroe, Madoka Hara, Diana Leung, along with Alicia Horner and Hoi Bing Mo, are working with a team of youth interns collecting stories from  longtime residents of the neighbourhood. Paul Bennett is producing a short documentary about the project. Youth interns for the project are Alicia Anderson, Lisa Cao, Jane Chow, Jessica Coccimiglio, Leticia Coutinho, Ernst Klaussen, Faber Neifer, Robin Prince, Geoffrey E A Vincent, and Patrick White, and Maggie Winston. For more detailed information on the project, visit

April Smith’s first film project with Rob Jones – “Industry”

June 1, 2009 Leave a comment

As AHA MEDIA learns more about Media,  we are always seeking to become better in all skill sets 🙂

Recently, April Smith had the amazing opportunities to learn more about video editing with Rob Jones, a Vancouver Music Writer. 

Please see his Music Review site at

With much thanks to Rob Jones and his patience, please view our short film called “Industry” 

Using a Nokia N95 cameraphone, April Smith follows a bee’s journey as it follows its instinct to make sweet honey from flowers 🙂
“Industry” is 2 minutes and 15 seconds

Most recently, Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson and Dr. David Suzuki spoke about “greening” our city and the importance of bees. Even our new Vancouver Convention Centre has beehives on the roof! 🙂

To read more about David Suzuki and the importance of bees

To read more about beehives on Vancouver Convention Centre

Many thanks to Rob Jones at

AHA MEDIA hopes that this short film is the first of many great ” Smith-Meets-Jones” Productions to come! 🙂