Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Raising Sh*T: Bud Osborn Film Screenings

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 2:00 PM

Bud Osborn, the poet laureate of the Downtown Eastside and remarkable, articulate and passionate social activist who left a profound legacy of advocating for social justice, particularly for low-income people and those suffering from addiction. When he passed away, over 200 people attended a public memorial for him in the neighbourhood. Bud was involved in many film projects over the years  - we look back at some of the work that he was featured in. This afternoon we celebrate and remember Bud and his amazing contribution to the neighbourhood.

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Short Films including:

  • Linda Gains (2014) by Colin Askey | Run time: 1 min 18 sec
  • For Bruce Eriksen (2012) | Run time: 5 min

The LifeSkills Collective, a group of video and film makers in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, formed in 2010 to make short videos reflecting the impact of the Olympics Games on the community.  

Inspired by Clay Van Sant’s short film of William S. Burroughs reading his 1986 poem “A Thanksgiving Prayer”, Lifeskills Collective collaborated with local Downtown Eastside poet Bud Osborn, to produce a post-Olympic testimony to the ongoing struggles encountered head on in the community.

“Poem Against the Inferno/For Bruce Eriksen” written by Bud Osborn is a bittersweet homage of his gratitude and care for the Downtown Eastside.

  • Keys to Kingdoms (1998) by Nathaniel Geary | Run time: 22 min

 A film-poem based on Bud Osborn's famous poem about living in a run down DTES hotel.

  • Down Here produced and directed by Veronica Alice in 1997 | Run time: 52 min 9 sec

Poet, political activist, and former addict Bud Osborn tells his remarkable story of survival and how it has inspired his struggle to defend Canada's most impoverished community, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where the worst epidemic of HIV/AIDS among drug users in the western world is occurring.

Down Here is a sustained cry of pain and rebellion from those whose voices are seldom heard and whose faces are seldom made visible - those who are homeless, those who are dying, those who are being driven from even their meager housing by gentrification - those most vulnerable among us.

" is care - care for one another
care for those least able to care for themselves, care for all, care in action...
and there is no one to care, if you do not care
and there is no one, no one at all to care - if I do not care..."

The annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is a cultural and heritage event that serves as a high impact, bridge building force that gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and its low income residents, cultural communities and neighbourhoods.

To recognize the abundance of talent, wisdom and power of our home community, the theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Nourished by Community.’ As we face the challenges and opportunities of the coming years, we are inspired by the neighbourhood’s indigenous stories and feel proud of the art forms, artists, values, heritage and exciting community-engaged art generated in Vancouver’s founding community.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


FREE, everyone welcome!


When: Sat, October 31, 2015. 2:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heart of the City Festival

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