FEBRUARY 24, 2014
That symbolic tree you see pictured on this post's poster can mean only one thing: a new PechaKucha Night in Vancouver is on it's way! That would be the city's Vol. 32, set for March 20 at Vogue Theatre. The event page and list of presenters will be added to the site next week.
JANUARY 20, 2014
Creativity springs forth in the most unexpected places. Where's the most unusual place you've discovered it?
Alicia Medina Laddaga explores the idea of cities as the ultimate epicenter for creativity, and travels to Vancouver in order to tap into it's creative potential. In "Creativity: the Key to a Happy and Productive Life" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 30, she focuses on housing and architecture as a founder of LOHA, a non-profit organization which provides affordable, alternative housing options.
JANUARY 09, 2014
Lauryn Oates has been working to improve the lives of children and women in Afghanistan through the power of education. Though threats against her and her colleagues lives have been made on numerous occasions, she speaks firmly on the ideals of human rights.
JANUARY 05, 2014
What does your city mean to you?
Joanna Wong speaks of the deep connections present between China and her home, Vancouver; known as 'the most Asian city outside of Asia.'
In "The Chinese Connection" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, she expounds upon her personal family history, the history of Vancouver's Chinese population, and how the digital networks between this Canadian city and China can serve as important links to the future.
JANUARY 03, 2014
When Karen Tam Wu began her work in forest ethics, she never expected to be standing up to the CEO of the Shell Oil Company.
What began with the company setting up three fracking stations near the headwaters in northern British Columbia, became a community-led campaign to stop the oil company from poisoning the groundwater that is so crucial to the surrounding area. In "Protecting a Community, An Ecosystem" from PKN Vancouver Vol.28, hear Karen tell her story of trial and eventual triumph.
JANUARY 01, 2014
PECHAKUCHA NIGHT VOL.30
VOGUE THEATRE • 918 GRANVILLE STREET
You can now watch the PechaKucha Night Vancouver Volume 30 presentations below!
J. B. MacKinnon, Author Watch Presentation
Zoe Pawlak, Artist Watch Presentation
Lyndon Cormack, Co-Founder Herschel Supply Co. Watch Presentation
Alexandra T. Greenhill, Co-Founder / CEO My Best Helper Watch Presentation
Paul Dincer, Founder and Chocolatier Koko Monk Chocolates by Levni Watch Presentation
Alicia Medina Laddaga, Founder and Director LOHA Vancouver Watch Presentation
Jonathan Tippett, Artist and Engineer Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot Watch Presentation
Leah Costello, Chief Ideas Curator Bon Mot Book Club Watch Presentation
Wes Regan , Executive Director Hastings Crossing BIA Watch Presentation
Sarah Dickinson, Director, THNK Watch Presentation
David Gunawan, Head Chef and Owner of Farmer's Apprentice Watch Presentation
DECEMBER 27, 2013
Clean water may not be a luxury for us, but it is for many.
Bradley Pierik (of Twothirds Water) has been studying the systems by which third-world countries purify their water to make it safe for human consumption. When waterborne diseases account for the majority of hospitalizations, a filtration system can literally be a lifesaver. In "Clean Water for Life" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Bradley goes into depth on his research and a prototype filter he's made while performing outreach in countries all over.
DECEMBER 18, 2013
"I wanted to share soccer, [this is] when it all became possible."
Ish Jhaj was always a bit of a tomboy as a young girl, and football (the one you play with your foot) has always been her game. Now she's begun organizing a girls soccer program in a rural suburb of Punjab, India. What the girls lacked in coordination, they more than made up for in heart, and now Ish has put together several mini leagues, and has donated shoes and clothing to the region. All this and more in "Changing the Game for Girls in India" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28.
OCTOBER 07, 2013
Gwenael Lewis - Director New Document, Videographer Bocci
A filmmaker, storyteller, and design entrepreneur based in Vancouver, BC. Gwenael's growing obsession for visual story telling came to the forefront while working at Chanel. He has since collaborated with several international designers including Omer Arbel, Marcel Wanders and Maarten Baas.
Carl Bessai - Director Raven West Films
Carl Bessai is one of Canada’s leading directors of independent film. Based in Vancouver and Los Angeles, he has directed 14 feature films to date, all of which have garnered numerous national and international awards.
Edo Van Breemen - Film Score Composer / Producer
A classically trained composer, songwriter, and electronic music producer. Edo's stylistic versatility and ability to musically interpret narratives in an emotionally compelling manner have made him a go-to composer for a rapidly growing pool of renowned film directors and commercial production houses worldwide.
Andrea Chlebak - Digital Colorist, Digital Film Central
Andrea Chlebak is the Senior Colorist and Director of Creative Services at Central, a boutique post-production facility in Vancouver, BC. Andrea most recently completed the final colour for Neill Blomkamp's feature film, Elysium.
Adrien Van Viersen - Illustrator/Filmmaker, Smashmedia Production
Adrien's career as a storyboard artist began with Romeo Must Die, and continued with Dreamcatcher, X-men2, I-Robot, Incredible Hulk, Mission Impossible 4, and TV pilots Smallville, Supernatural, The Arrow, and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Simon Barry - Creator/Show-Runner of Continuum
Simon has sold Film and TV projects to Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Universal, Columbia, Working Title, CBS, FOX, FX, TNT, USA, and many independent companies. Feature Film credits include the Warner Bros. action thriller The Art of War and the micro budgeted independent Hamlet.
Kristin Lehman - Actress, Editor of This Fair Land
Kristin's television credits include leading series regular roles on The Killing, Judging Amy, Felicity, Century City, Drive, Tilt and Strange World to name a few. Kristin can be seen playing Detective Angie Flynn on CTV’s primetime drama, Motive, or running her recently launched online magazine, This Fair Land.
Wayne Bennett - Film Producer, Organizer of Save BC Film
Wayne has been a member of the Film and Television community for 23 years. In 2013, he became actively involved with "Save BC Film" in an effort to educate the public and our Government of the benefits of having an active and thriving Film and Television industry in BC.
Jesse James Miller - Writer/Director, Profile Films
Jesse James Miller is a multi-award winning writer and director who's latest critically acclaimed feature film The Good Son: The life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini was described by the LA TIMES as "a powerful story of triumph & tragedy".
Damien Gillis - Co-Director Fractured Land
A Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues – especially relating to water, energy and saving Canada’s wild salmon – working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world.
Maureen Webb - Co-Founder Project Limelight Society Co-Owner of East Of Main Cafe
Maureen Webb co-founded (with her sister, Donalda Weaver) Project Limelight Society, a free performing arts program for young people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. They also launched East of Main Cafe, in Chinatown, which donates 100% of its profits to Project Limelight.
Kevin Eastwood - Producer/Director of Optic Nerve Films
The producer on two of BC's most successful homegrown feature films (the cult favourite Fido, and the Canadian box office hit, The Delicate Art of Parking). Currently directing The Emergency Room - a new series from Lark Productions that takes an unprecedented look inside the emergency room at VGH.