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The Doc Bus has been on the road for a week!

I’m in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, just outside of Nelson taking a day of rest after a fabulous and exhausting few days. I’m still getting into the rhythm of the road and working out my online posting routine, so thanks for your patience as I work this all out.

Daily Content on the Photo Blog

Hopefully you’ve discovered the photo blog link by now – I’ll be posting photos daily from Instagram to the photo blog as well as to Facebook and Twitter. I plan to do a longer blog post at least once a week.

Using the Doc Bus Map

I’ve also started adding the Doc Bus journey onto the map, under listing type The Journey. The listing type The Network will show all the organizations that have registered to be part of the Cross Canada community cinema network. I’m thrilled that all the organizations we’ve connected with have registered already!

A brief rundown of the Doc Bus’ first week on the road (I’ll be adding photos and links in the next day):

Saturday June 1st

  • The Doc Bus leaves Mile 0, Victoria with a great send-off from a few friends and colleagues
  • Mandy meets Doc Bus sponsors Cheri Lepage and Trevor Reid of Vanagon Westfalia Parts and Skylights for the first time!
  • Vancouver Launch party in Gastown – a great success and over $400 raised!

Sunday June 2nd

  • Cheri and Trevor show Mandy how to put up the Easy-Awning and give Mandy some invaluable Westfalia tips!
  • Mandy and Doc Bus roadie Linda Desormeaux drive from Vancouver to E.C.Manning Provincial Park

Monday June 3rd

  • A lunch stop in Princeton
  • Arrival in Penticton 4pm
  • First stop: The Shatford Centre to connect with Jane Shaak
  • Filmmaker Nikos Theodosakis hosts a lovely dinner at his family restaurant Theos.
  • The Doc Bus parks for the night at an RV park in downtown Penticton. Not ideal, but it’s the only option in town.
photo We had a great conversation about documentary and community building with Nikos and Linda Theodosakis, Franco Ponte, Jan Vosenilek, Linda Desormeaux and Jane Shaak.

We had a great conversation about documentary and community building with Nikos and Linda Theodosakis, Franco Ponte, Jan Vosenilek, Linda Desormeaux and Jane Shaak.

Tuesday June 4th

  • A very long day working out technical connections with Shatford Centre techie Dean Strand.
  • A successful three-city hybrid event following the screening of Connected.
  • The Doc Bus camps at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park

Shatford Centre Tech

Wednesday June 5th

  • An exhausted Doc Bus team decide to take a day of rest

Thursday June 6th

  • Mandy says goodbye to the first Doc Bus roadie, Linda Desormeaux ;-(
  • A great meeting with some Kelowna documentary community builders:
    • Carol Kergan – Kelowna Traveling World Community Film Festival organizer
    • Lynda Norman – Artists for Creative Alliance
    • Rawle James – poet and Inspired Word Cafe organizer
    • Jen Spence – Traveling World Community Film Festival volunteer
    • Wes Kmet – activist
    • next time must meet in Kelowna: Joanne de Vries, Kelowna Film Festival/ Fresh Outlook Foundation
  • Mandy drives to Slocan Valley
  • Lovely dinner and conversation with Tamara Smith, FLIKS.ca

Friday June 7th

  • Early morning radio interview with Mark Stephens, Kootenay Co-op Radio
  • Another great conversation with Tamara Smith
  • Mandy drives into Nelson
  • Power steering belt snaps, Mandy connects with Keinan Chapman who diagnoses the problem on his break from working at BC Liquor Store
  • Dinner at The Library with Nelson Becker
  • Screening of CONNECTED at Expressions, Nelson Becker’s music/film venue. A small crowd, a meaningful conversation.
  • Night cap at The Library with filmmaker Peter Schramm, Nelson Becker, etc
  • The Doc Bus parks at Nelson Becker’s house – boy, there are some steep hills in Nelson!

Saturday June 8th

  • The morning spent with Kienan Chapman and his lovely daughter Amelia. I was put in touch with Keinan through Vanagon Westfalia Parts and he was able to diagnose and fix my broken power steering belt. He also rotated the tires and made a few adjustments, but refused payment of any kind.
  • A visit to the Cottonwood Farmers Market
  • Lunch with filmmaker Peter Schramm – great conversation and story brainstorming for Peter’s film about Argenta and the Quakers
  • An afternoon spent wandering Baker Street with Peter Schramm, doing errands and running into interesting filmmaking and web interactive folks.
  • The Doc Bus heads for the hills after a long week: Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.

Sunday June 9th

  • a day of rest in an idyllic spot. Ahhhh.

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