Executive director Malcolm Levy talks New Forms Festival

New Forms Festival

Sept. 28-30 | Centre for Digital Media and Western Front

Tickets and info: From $25 at newforms.tickit.ca

Founded in 2000, the non-profit New Forms Media Society has a mission to bring various creative communities together to explore the range and potential of digital media. Each year, the group presents the multi-day and multi-venue New Forms Festival. The event has become a forum for presenting cutting edge artists, especially those who work in electronic music.

Over nearly two decades, New Forms has been able to build a global brand that has enabled it to feature musical artists of international stature like Actress and Girl Talk, and contribute to the recognition of Vancouver artists like Humans or Manitoba transplant Mcenroe. The festival also features visual artists alongside the sounds, and has premiered exhibitions by many cutting edge stars of the avant-garde.

Executive director Malcolm Levy took time to chat about how the festival has stayed fresh and what some of this year’s highlights will be.

Squamish B.C. September 6, 2010 Malcolm Levy with some of the displays (here a piece by Paul Wong- “Eat 2002-10) for the 2010 New Forms Festival which celebrates 10 years of bringing media arts to the forefront of culture in Vancouver. Between September 10 and 18th, at the new space 151 Cordova street. (Mark van Manen/PNG) See Amanda Ash-stories ) (Mark van Manen/PNG) [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Malcolm Levy with some of the displays for the 2010 New Forms Festival.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

Journalist Carol Off’s new memoir puts her in the story

All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey in the Lives of Others

By Carol Off

Random House Canada


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Award-winning Canadian journalist Carol Off has had one of those big “J” journalism careers. She has delivered news features and documentaries from conflicts in every corner of the globe and since 2006 she has co-hosted CBC Radio’s As it Happens.

Off is also a successful writer delivering books on the Canadian military, including The Lion, the Fox, and the Eagle and The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: the Story of Canada’s Secret War. Off’s book titled Bitter showed the world the very dark side of the chocolate industry.

Off’s new book All We Leave Behind: a Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others begins in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2002. It’s here Off and the TV crew met an Afghan man who wanted to tell them about heinous acts the warlords were committing while they were working in concert with the U.S. and NATO.

Asad Aryubwal was key in helping Off and company get the story but his actions did not sit well with one of the warlords and soon Asad and his family were in harm’s way. As the decade neared closure it was very apparent that the family needed to get out. Enter Off again this time not as a reporter witnessing a story but as someone in the story.

Q: How hard was it for you to write about yourself in this book?

A: I had to step back and sort of see myself in the movie and write myself in as part of it. Eventually I had to open my heart. That was really crucial and once that happened it started to flow in a way that worked. But it was all or …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Jimmy Kimmel slams Republican senator over health care. Here’s why

SALT LAKE CITY — Comedian Jimmy Kimmel became a nationally trending topic on Twitter Wednesday morning, but not because of his comedy.

During Tuesday night’s broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the late night talk show host slammed Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La, over the new healthcare overhaul plan, saying that Cassidy “lied right to my face.”

Kimmel, who entered into the health care news stream in May after he discussed his newborn’s emergency heart surgery, said Cassidy lied about what this new health care bill would cover.

Cassidy, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, introduced a bill into Congress that is yet another attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The new bill, which you can read more about here, reduces federal spending on health care and eliminates penalties given to those who don’t have health insurance.

Back in May, Cassidy appeared on Kimmel’s show and said that “he supported access to preventative care regardless of income,” according to Fortune.

Cassidy went even farther, saying the new health care bill needed to pass “the Jimmy Kimmel test,” which would mean it would have to offer “affordable care for such children and include preventative care for every American,” Fortune reported.

But the Cassidy-Graham plan does not offer lifetime coverage, nor does it extend benefits to those with pre-existing conditions, CNN reported.

“He agreed to that,” Kimmel said. “He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make.”

Kimmel then said, jokingly, that the bill does pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test” because “your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News