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Festival Express Redux: a cross-Canada train trip exploring art, culture, media and business

My day was already a classic by the time I arrived at the erstwhile controversial theatre in the quickly familiar alcoves of Woodwards compound: Starting with street hockey in the rain with pick'em teams of VaFive Hole For Food (Celebrity Game): Kris Krug, Dave Olson, Dan Mangan, Bob Kronbauer - photo Jeremy Limncouver media-making renegades and various luminaries to raise food; then crashing the goal medal net like waterlogged beavers; then, finding stunning good tacos downtown (yes!). Finally, seated down front, I watched remixed nuggets from two years of my extra-circular activities flip by in the documentary, With Glowing Hearts.

Dave Olson with filmmaker Andrew Lavinge - photo by Kris KrugAlong with four other subjects, filmmakers Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy performed documentary surveillance around activities culminating in that sporty whoop-de-do in February 2010.

With Glowing Hearts deserves a post of its own but it's a bit odd for me to discuss as I get hung up my tickle-trunk worn of funny hats, omnipresent beer in hand, and Kris Krug's various beards. While watching, I couldn’t help but recall the projects taking entire evenings presented in a fleeting frame, or tight spots mitigated, gracefully shoehorned in as a footnote. They were everywhere, it seemed. Scenes of weekends i'd forgotten one way or another.

Are you on the bus?For my part, I was a ringleader of the True North Media House which – as is made clear in the film – was a decentralized consortium of resources, collaborators and amplification – more media Merry Pranksters than protesters or promoters – hey, it's DIY, make a badge, tell a story, spread it global.

Each action by each person catalyzed the idea into something which i'm truly glad is now shared.

With Glowing Hearts gold medal

Simply put: if you have any vague interest in social media, social justice, macro/micro-politics, urban transition, civil liberties and/or good times, then get your eyes on this doc.

Built to Share

UW with SuitcaseThe film ends with lil' "final statements" from the main topics. At a post-Olympics social/media/etc panel (alas, I was in Toronto at the time), my pal KK says something like, "So, what do we do next? Where do we focus the energy and skills?”

Personally, what I want to know is: What people are making? What do they need? What inspires them? Who are the new heroes? What can be shared? And help people find collaborators.

I want to share knowledge across timezones and industries, and document the experiments and successes at this remarkable point in time.

Brand New Renaissance

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