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21
Jan

meet The Retar Crew, performers

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Once upon a time, 4 dudes thought it would be cool to form a group called The Retar Crew. G said, “Hey, we should form a group and make an album called ‘The Retar Crew’!” JQ said, “And we should sell it for FREE on a website called ‘theretarcrew.com’!”

Everything we do is free

Jeremiah J. Jackson, Sr. AKA JQ
JQ is a Chicago native who founded the AAEE (Americans Against Eating Eggplant). To the nation of vegetarians who cries blasphemy and calls him a “vegist,” J maintains, “It’s not the taste, it’s a texture thing…plus, it makes the roof of my mouth all itchy.” He is responsible for making the group’s beats and when asked which computer program he uses, he replied, “I use this,” and pulled a Sony Walkman out of his windbreaker, adding, “It’s one of those dope ones, though. It’s got auto-reverse.”

Nancy Von Bittenhard AKA JQ
Former big sister of fellow Retar Crew member JQ, “G” (Gabriella) lives in a trailer and has no real expenses except for his marijuana habit. He would like to add that he purchases all of his weed legally with a medical card which he obtained from a doctor. He was diagnosed with “lack of focus and insomnia– or i don’t know man, i just need to get high, bro. Gimme the fuckin card!”

Percy Ostenbergerstienenbaum AKA PO
P.O. was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia and is the son of a preacher man. Following in his father’s footsteps, but always with his own twist, he changed his name to The Reverend Lionel Freighthoppa and has spent the last three years performing rap sermons to other vagabonds while riding freight trains back and forth between The Dakotas and the pacific northwest.

Jeremiah J. Jackson, Jr. AKA Jackson
Jackson D is from the cornfields of Iowa. At an early age, he was taught that “city folk ain’t to be trifled with” — and that was just referring to folks in Iowa City. Thus began Jackson’s obsession with cities and urban lifestyle, naturally giving him a deep appreciation and love for hip hop. He knew he had to make his way to the big city of Chicago. When he finally arrived, a chance encounter with a high-profile casting director at a downtown newsstand landed him the role of Harriet Tubman in the forthcoming summer blockbuster, Big Action Celebrity Car Chase 3.

20
Jan

meet Gordon Miller, film director

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Gordon is a multi-talented Cinematographer and an Award Winning Commercial Director. He learned his craft in many countries, languages and cultures. After graduating from Yale with a degree in Literature and Art History he ‘worked his way up’ through the film industry at the international crossroads of Miami. He was fortunate to learn from many of the top European and North American Cinematographers and Commercial Directors shooting throughout the West Indies and the Americas. Gordon speaks and works in three languages: English, French and Spanish; born in Jamaica, he also speaks patois. He currently resides with his family in Nova Scotia.

An engaging storyteller, he knows the medium must be organic and servant to the message.

As a Director, Gordon is affable, perceptive and succinct. He has a great eye for casting and is good with kids, dogs and real people as well as professional actors. Having worked in over thirty countries, he is an excellent problem solver: able to bring the best out of what the location, talent, crew and budget have to offer. His visual lexicon encompasses bold image, captivating vignette, stunning landscape, thrilling perspective and the subtle shadings of dramatic lighting. An engaging storyteller, he knows the medium must be organic and servant to the message.

Gordon’s international perspective, facility with languages and technical proficiency combine in a uniquely versatile talent. Identifying, understanding and shaping nuance is his forte: whether through the manipulation of lighting, lens choice, camera movement, body language, characterization or cultural iconography.

Gordon has won numerous awards as Director/Cameraman including an International Gold Mercury Award and Finalist at the London International Advertising Awards in 2003 for “Lundrigan’s Marsh” Nature Conservancy of Canada and in 2004 a Silver International Summit Award for “Airport” Liberal Party of Newfoundland & Labrador. As well in 2004 he was the Cinematographer on “Dentist” Canadian Automobile Association, which won a First Place Mobius Award and on “AJFF” Atlantic Jewish Film Festival, which was three weeks in the AdCritic top ten.

description › Gordonfilm.com is an online self-promotional video portfolio, which features Gordon Miller’s extensive work ranging from commercial to film cinematography.

20
Jan

meet Avi Miller, stonecarver

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

A brilliant and talented young stone carver, Avi Miller can breathe life into any cold block of stone.

In 1994 Avi Miller graduated from Indiana State University. Shortly after he attended the Guild Institute of Stone and Restoration Masonry which he attended till 1997.

From 1996 to 2000, Avi cut his teeth working at Acme Environmental Ltd. as a stone mason in Albuquerque, NM.

Avi Miller can breathe life into any cold block of stone.

In 2000 was re-established in Nova Scotia Canada with Masontech Inc. where he works as a restoration mason, and a stone carver apprentice.

He continually works on commissioned projects restoring masonry at locations such as provincial courthouses in Halifax, NS and Fredricton NB or stone carving and restoration work amongst many buildings and churches such as the well known Emmanuel Church in Boston Massachusetts.

description › A dynamic and distinctive brand identity was created. Business cards, and signage

20
Jan

meet Pierre Loiselle, radio geek

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Pierre Loiselle is a longtime social justice activist. These days, he finds himself particularly working on prison issues, indigenous solidarity and the psychiatric survivors movement.

He has worked in the campus-community radio sector for over a decade, and has contributed writing to various magazines, on-line newspapers and even a book chapter. Pierre is often heard espousing the importance of creating our own media to inform, educate and inspire people to act. To this extent, Pierre has recently co-founded Praxis Media Productions, a non-profit organization that produces educational audio resources.

Pierre is often heard espousing the importance of creating our own media to inform, educate and inspire people to act.

Having lived across Canada, Pierre now calls Halifax home. He still considers himself a radio geek and works for both the Halifax Coalition Against Poverty and Dominion Newspaper radio programs.

description › Praxis Media Productions is a non-profit online media collective that produces educational resources featuring critical voices on under reported topics and issues.

Their audio projects are frequently broadcast on campus, community and pirate radio stations across North America.

20
Jan

meet Raland Kinley, developer

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Raland Kinley is many things: a father, professional web/software developer, music label owner and the former frontman of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s death metal demons Dichotic.

Raland graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 1996 with Bachelor’s degrees in arts (honours economics) and commerce (finance). He worked for a junior mineral resource company as an administrative assistant in his first year after university before landing a market researcher position at Brooklyn North Software Works in the early part of 1997. Eventually, Raland took on the role of webmaster for the company and this is where his interest in web development and programming took hold. He stayed on with Brooklyn North until 1999.

Raland Kinley is many things: a father, professional web/software developer, music label owner and the former frontman of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s death metal demons Dichotic.

In the meantime, Raland had been handling vocal duties for local death metal masters Dichotic and he managed his own music label (Discorporate Music) to promote Dichotic and other local metal acts including Cephalectomy, Fear Absolute and Civil Carnage. Dichotic released two full-length CDs for Discorporate Music. In all, Discorporate Music has eight releases under its belt. Although it is now a less intensive hobby than before.

In 2000, Raland found employment at Photopoint.com – one of the first site’s for sharing digital photos. Photopoint was a truly inspiring place to work. Raland got more involved in programming, and met the future mother of his child.

In 2004, Raland joined TransActive Ecommerce Solutions as lead developer. He remains there today where he is primarily a Microsoft .NET developer and an expert technical integration resource for the Skipjack Financial Network.

On January 4, 2005, Raland and Rhonda (Miller) welcomed Nicholas Miller Kinley into the family. Nicholas has definitely inherited some of his father’s energy and passion for life and he is well-versed in his father’s past work with Dichotic. Raland, Rhonda and Nicholas live in their new home in Halifax. Raland’s current obsession is finding ways to improve the energy efficiency of the house and playing Civilization IV. Of course, that Nicholas character keeps him occupied as well.

20
Jan

meet Howard Harawitz, internet pioneer

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Howard Harawitz is well known in Internet circles as the developer of the world’s first commercial Web page editor, HTML Assistant Pro. He is also the author of some of the earliest microcomputer software programs.

Howard’s golden rules for software development

“Simple” it is easy to grasp and use and is neither obscure nor cluttered with an overabundance of questionable features.

“Smart” it ‘knows’ the user’s requirements and can lead them through the steps required by the application.

“Transparent” there is nothing hidden or mysterious going on. clear messages let users know what is happening or expected at all times.

“Smooth” the software anticipates the users needs and does not put unnecessary obstacles in the way of the program’s operation. this promotes a feeling of effortlessness, freeing users to think creatively about the task at hand with a minimum of attention required to operate the software.

“Attractive” the software is pleasing to look at and fun to use. it incorporates good graphic design principles in its screen presentations, color schemes and iconography. its verbal messages are informative, concise and friendly.

Howard Harawitz is well known in Internet circles as the developer of the world’s first commercial Web page editor, HTML Assistant Pro.

During the 1960s and 70s, Howard lived and worked in close proximity to the “Silicon Valley” area of Northern California. He worked with the founders of the industry and developed some of its earliest software products — for both the arts and engineering. Howard was a participant in San Francisco’s “Computer Faires”, the industry’s first trade shows. Other participants included Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, John Dvorak, Lee Felsenstein, Adam Osborn and many others whose industry contributions are well known.

A practitioner of the arts for many years, Mr. Harawitz is an active electronic musician and photographer. His photos have been used in television documentaries, published in books and magazines, as well as by the British Broadcasting Company as part of its Open University series that is delivered on the Internet. Earlier this year, two of his photographs were installed as photo murals at the University of California’s Berkeley campus. His musical compositions have been used by theatre groups in Northern California, and at the St. Mary’s University Art Gallery.

description › Application product design, trade show display with print, and screen marketing materials.

20
Jan

meet Kevin Deveaux, MLA

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Kevin Deveaux was elected as the Member of the Legislature (MLA) for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage in 1998 and was re-elected in 1999 and 2003.

From 1984 to 1986, Kevin attended St. Mary’s University, studying for a Bachelor in Commerce. Prior to finishing his degree, Kevin was accepted at Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated from York University in 1989. He articled with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, with the Ministry of Labour Legal Services Branch, between 1989 and 1990 and continued to work at that location until 1992.

In 1992, Kevin returned to Nova Scotia where he worked first with the City of Halifax, and then with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice where he worked as a Crown Attorney. From 1993 to 1996, Kevin worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour as a Legislation and Policy Review Officer. In that position, he worked with labour and management in drafting the new Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Kevin announced he was quitting his position as an NDP MLA to work in Vietnam for the United Nations.

In 1995, Kevin was selected to work with the United Nations International Labour Organization in China. He worked in Beijing with the Chinese Government, employers and unions to draft workplace protection legislation. From 1996 until his election in 1998 Kevin worked with the Nova Scotia Workers’ Advisers program, representing injured workers who had claims with the Workers’ Compensation Board.

From 1999-2003 Kevin was the Deputy Speaker in the House of Assembly. In that role, he presided over the debates in the Assembly when the Speaker was not available and chaired committee meetings. He also provided advice to the Speaker with regard to procedural issues in the Assembly.

After the 2003 provincial election, Kevin was appointed the House Leader for the Official Opposition. His duties include negotiating with the other political parties in the minority government situation and monitoring and developing legislation in the House of Assembly.

In March, 2004, Kevin traveled to Cambodia where he spoke to Members of Parliament and civil society with regard to building political parties that are open and transparent. He was the keynote speaker at a conference on Youth in Politics in Cambodia.

In 2005 Kevin was the Head of Delegation for an Election monitoring team that observed the local elections in Palestine. He has also worked in Egypt as part of study missions to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

On Jan. 24, 2007, Kevin announced he was quitting his position as an NDP MLA to work in Vietnam for the United Nations.

description › When Kevin Deveaux ran for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, we worked with Kevin to provide a very distinct visual style for his print and on-line campaign.

20
Jan

meet Cheryl Barr, author

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Marine biologist, certified yacht captain, author (born in Georgetown, Ontario on 27th September 1964).

At age seven Cheryl left Ontario with her family for life aboard an old wooden Newfoundland schooner to sail the world. Schooled by correspondence studies and life experiences in foreign lands, Cheryl gained an intense love of adventure travel, sailing and continued world studies.

She received her degree in marine biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1984. She worked in the field of marine biology in Canada, Australia and South Africa as well as being a field naturalist at a national park.

At age seven Cheryl left Ontario with her family for life aboard an old wooden Newfoundland schooner to sail the world.

With a longing to moving back aboard a sailing boat for high adventure, Cheryl became a certified welder and later a woodworker in order to help build a 62-foot steel schooner whose maiden voyage was a non-stop sail to Cuba. After sailing the Caribbean for a few seasons and racing schooners up and down the eastern seaboard, Cheryl decided to become a licensed yacht captain. Taking her “ticket” at a sailing school on the Isle of Wight in Britain she sailed to the Mediterranean and later worked on a power yacht in the Caribbean.

Taking a break from the world of mega yachts, Cheryl has moved ashore to Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia where she has been writing boating guides for regions of Atlantic Canada where navigational information for the average yachtsmen has been lacking.

company › Yacht Pilot Publishing
external link › Yacht Pilot Publishing

Boating books published by Cheryl Barr:
Cruising Guide to the Down East Circle Route
Cruising Guide to the Canadian Maritimes

Seminars by Cheryl Barr:
How to cruise the St. Lawrence River to the Maritimes
Experience Cuba: Land and Sea
Newfoundland

21
Jul

meet Lee Cripps, Visual Artist & Photographer

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Lee Cripps is a professional artist and arts administrator living and working in Halifax, NS. After a decade long career in television Lee made a conscious return to her Fine Arts roots upon the birth of her daughter in 2007.Becoming a mother solidified for her the importance of living life with intention and truth. Since coming out in 2008, she uses her art practice as an ongoing investigation of spirituality, sexuality and feminism.

The process of photographing has been an outlet for documenting her life and growth as an artist and individual within a community – and the beauty of that community. Her work is landscape, portraiture, journalism and expression. She is motivated by evocative inspirations brought to surface purely by daily observations and interested in Art as expression in the purest form.”