We arrived in Penticton at 4pm on Monday June 3rd, and we headed straight for the Shatford Arts Centre to meet with Jane Shatford and her team. I was concerned about arriving with an ambitious technical experiment, and I wanted to make sure we had a chance to connect before diving into our Connected in Two Cities event on Tuesday June 4th, 2013.
Shatford Arts Centre
A warm welcome awaited us: we were treated to dinner at filmmaker, educator and restaurateur Nikos Theodosakis family business Theos Restaurant.
Nikos Theodosakis and Jane Shaak helped us to make the first Doc Bus stop a memorable one!
We had a great conversation about documentary and community building with Nikos and Linda Theodosakis, Franco Ponte, Jan Vosenilek, Linda Desormeaux and Jane Shaak.
Jane is organizing a We Love Documentary Festival in October, and invited me to return to participate in that. The conversation revealed that there are a few more organizations in Penticton that I should contact, but I will have to that when I return in the fall.
It took us a lot longer then we had anticipated to set up the 3-way livestream feed. We all learned a lot!
Our experiment was a success! We connected Sunset Room, Victoria; Shatford Centre, Penticton and Tiffany Shlain in California in an engaging conversation about what it means to be connected in the 21st century.