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Poster Wars


I look at this and I say great. It’s an act of community. There’s lots of people doing stuff. There’s lots of shows. There’s lots of things going on. People aren’t staying at home staring at their television sets.

It’s absolutely anti-social, and hostile, and makes trash. That’s all it does. Nobody reads it, I assure nobody reads it.

I’ve got these 4’x2’ bags. I can probably end up getting 5 or 6 a day. I’ve been doing it seven years; I just don’t read them any more. It’s all the same.

These guys can have a big sign saying “VAN-CITY CREDIT UNION” or “LIQUOR STORE” in these big letters… but you can’t have a little poster saying: “Hey, I’m Big D. I’m playing my flute down here at the Wise Hall.”

I’ve had people say: “It’s my right to post my view on a pole”. Well, it may be your right, but it’s not your pole. It’s everybody else’s pole too.

You’re using metal against metal, and the poster does come off; but the damage to the pole is horrendous over a period of a month; six months; a year.

For every one of those posters out there somebody was paid to design the poster, somebody was paid to produce the poster for them, it’s bringing people out to the bars – they’re spending money, the paper that was used; I mean there’s all kinds of spin off to it.

It comes down to this not being a real city, and nobody has any idea of a real city.

It makes me sick to see big budget enterprises using the poor man’s medium to get the message out; and those posters I would poster over.

The city comes; cleans them. Two minutes after they’re back there. Put it somewhere else!

Once you have a monopoly on the advertising space you can charge a ton of money for it; and people who are artists, who are sort of on the margins economically, can’t afford to advertise.

It’s an infantile thing and it’s absolutely witless. Nobody reads it. They just think they’re doing something good; some kind of self-fulfillment. I just feel like saying;

“Grow up!”

  • Stephen GLickman
    Steve Glickman is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. He’s studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck and writing at the Vancouver Film School. He's published four poetry books - KickAssPoetry.com; a variety of scripts - KickAssScripts.com; recorded orphans singing folk songs in Thailand - OwnerOccupier.org; and founded a political grassroots movement to improve life as we all know it - VoteSizing.org.
  • David Luce
    David Luce is a television producer and screenwriter from Ohio. Mr. Luce is the creator and producer of the Emmy award winning (2001, Children's Programming) series "Hey...What's That?" He has also produced, written and directed numerous interview and documentary programs for a PBS affiliate in Southern Ohio. Interview highlights include Ned Beatty, Peter Arnett, Terry Anderson, Herman Leonard and Rev. Jesse Jackson. In January, Mr. Luce migrated to Vancouver, BC, to focus on writing for dramatic television and film.
  • Fabien Melanson
    Fabien Melanson, has studied everything that has to do with Film and TV during the past five years. He has written, directed, produced and acted in his own plays; and has been working in film and TV since 2000. Fabien has been a professional actor, office production assistant and boom operator. Currently Fabien studies screenwriting at the Vancouver Film School.
  • Alexandre Mikhailytchev
    Alexandre Mikhailytchev was born in 1956 in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia.) He immigrated to Canada in 1997, and worked in Vancouver as a photo lab technician and supervisor. Recently he’s graduated from the Vancouver Film School in 2003 for Writing for Film, TV, and New Media. Alexandre is married and father of three.
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    Political, cultural, vancouver, canada
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    32 minutes 26 seconds
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    November 4, 2003
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Director - Stephen GLickman