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Vancouver: “Josh” Episode

“One ordinary day in an extraordinary man’s life.” Filmmaker Angelina Cantada is convinced that spending a day with Josh Vander Vies is enough to change how one see’s life. Josh is quite an achiever—he’s an athlete, artist and motivational speaker who’s now working towards a law degree. The guy’s got big dreams. That he’s pursuing these dreams while living his life without arms and legs is simply one of those challenges that he’s overcome.

“I love the concept of Ripple—providing inspiration through ordinary people’s lives,” says Cantada. “Josh is a source of inspiration for me and I know he will be too for many of the viewers who will see this film.”

Cantada feels it’s awesome that Josh is living his life to the fullest and “that he doesn’t let his disability, or anything for that matter, get in the way of his goals and dreams.”

Do you feel that life has dealt you a bad hand? Snap out of it. If Josh can get over his problems, so can you. Watch “Josh.”

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–Owen Santos

Posted on 1 July '11 by admin, under SEASON 2, VIDEOS. No Comments.

San Francisco: “Freakin’ Heroes: Jason” Episode

A childhood obsession turned lifelong passion. For Jason Tanko, that would be street lights. As a child, Tanko would create his own street lights using beads and straws, and collect the real thing as a teen. Unusual? Forward-thinking is more like it. Today, Tanko is founder of a company that not only has become a successful streetlighting business, it has also saved the cities and municipalities it serves a significant amount of money by helping them repurpose old street lights. No surprise, perhaps, to those who know him well.

But filmmaker Ted Frank had no idea that Tanko, his neighbor, is quite obsessively dedicated to a piece of modern life that many probably take for granted. Neither did he know the depth of Tanko’s commitment to the community and to lessening his industry’s negative impact on the climate. Frank was blown away by Tanko’s obsession that he decided to create his first Ripple documentary, Freakin’ Heroes.

“Jason is my kind of hero, not only because his passion-turned-career story is so inspiring,” says Frank, “but because he’s absolute proof that there’s so much more to people than we could ever imagine.”

Frank adds, “Heroes can be found among us, and if we need to feel good, all we really need to do is talk to the people around us.” And he’s glad he did. Watch and see why Jason Tanko is such a freakin’ hero.

–Owen Santos

Posted on 24 June '11 by admin, under SEASON 2, Uncategorized, VIDEOS. 1 Comment.

San Francisco: “DanceWright Project” Episode

Taking the first step at anything can be scary and intimidating. Jamie Wright, after watching dancers and teachers practice dance at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, decided to share his passion for it by starting his own dance company. His lack of any formal dance training did not stop him from pursuing his dreams. Today, his dancers are thankful that he decided to share his choreography talent with them. Documentary short creators, SF Producer Michelle Ortega and cameraman/editor Jason LaBatt were two of the many lives he has touched. We asked Michelle why they chose to feature Jamie. Here’s what she said: “I like it when people go outside their comfort zone and try something new because they want to do it regardless of whether society says it is valid. It challenges the belief that you have to be the best at something to be considered successful.” More about the film’s production on a blog about filmmakers Michelle and Jason.

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Posted on 10 June '11 by admin, under SEASON 2, VIDEOS. No Comments.

San Francisco: “Dreaming Big” Episode

A professional make-up artist friend for TV, film and theater named Jenny Zielon led us to Christina Yao, a feature film director who was preparing to premiere her very first feature film in the United States. Jenny met Christina years ago while doing theater in San Francisco. Christina immediately struck her as someone who never allowed fear to stop her from what she wanted to do in life.

Christina jumped from doing years of theater to directing a film epic called “Empire Of Silver,” first shown in China and Taiwan. The Ripplemakers.TV team was floored by the beautiful cinematography and storytelling behind her first film work. We were also amazed at how seemingly fearless she is about pursuing her dreams.

Get to know her and find out what makes her tick with “Dreaming Big,” a Ripple episode from San Francisco, produced, co-written and edited by Carol Gancia, shot by Andrew Bender and co-written by Daniel Ogawa.

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Posted on 30 March '11 by admin, under SEASON 2. No Comments.

Manila: “Helping Hands” Episode


Manila-based documentary filmmakers Elwyna Lagare and Lawrence Ang love caring for animals. When they met talented veterinarian Wilford Almoro, they were amazed at his dedication in caring for stray animals. For a professional of his caliber, they knew he could be earning a decent income for himself and his family if he had worked in an upscale animal care hospital or clinic. Instead, he chose to operate and treat rescue dogs and cats full time while dabbling in another passion– the visual arts.

Check out Ripple Manila’s “Helping Hands” episode and be inspired!

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Posted on 14 February '11 by admin, under SEASON 2, VIDEOS. 3 Comments.

“A Penny A Page” Episode

What is success to you? From birth, many of us are programmed to strive for it, but what does “it” really mean? “A Penny A Page” introduces us to Bill, a teacher and professional blogger who has his own definition.

Bill, an American from Cincinnati, lived in Asia for 20 years. In 1999, he moved back to America. Five years ago, he started writing about life and business in Japan, China and India. He wrote non-stop. 15 blogs everyday for a year and a half… until he started making money.

Bill says his greatest weakness is also his greatest strength: not knowing when to stop. 15 websites later, he’s still at it and sharing what he knows with 3,700 San Francisco Bay Area Meetup members. Why? Bill attempts to answer this question.

In Episode 4, RipplemakersTV producer Carol Gancia and cinematographer Andrew Bender bring Bill’s story to the screen. Have a thought or two about the story? We’d love to hear from you. Post your comments on this site or tweet the filmmaker on twitter.com/ripplemakerstv.

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Posted on 23 December '10 by admin, under SEASON 1, VIDEOS. 11 Comments.

“Heart’s Journey” Episode


Author: Carol Gancia

Have you ever had a nagging question in your head that just wouldn’t go away? Alice Cabotaje had two– “who am I?” and “what am I here for?.” It first came up in high school while quietly watching the stars on the roof of her school building up in the mystical mountains of Mount Makiling in the Philippines. It took quite a journey– over 30 years, before she found her answer.

She worked as a journalist all over Asia and America and finally settled in Pacifica, California, before turning 40. At 40, she started a new path that brought her closer to her true heart’s desires. Watch this episode and find out about her story.

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Posted on 5 December '10 by admin, under SEASON 1, VIDEOS. No Comments.

“Brass Lips” Episode



For 24 years Daniel Wood has had a love affair with the horn. Since he was 10, he has dedicated his life to music. These days, he shares his talent and his love of music as a teaching artist, a performer, and as executive director of a horn ensemble he formed called “Quadre: The Voice of Four Horns.” Daniel understands that when you are passionate about music, people will respond to you. And when they respond, they offer you more opportunities to share. For Daniel, music isn’t a hobby, or a diversion, or a profession. For Daniel, music is his way of talking to the world around him. Watch this episode and be inspired!

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Posted on 3 November '10 by admin, under SEASON 1, VIDEOS. No Comments.

“Standing Tall” Episode




Meet Mahin Ibrahim, 26 years old, born and raised in America. A proud Californian. A proud Muslim woman. She also happens to be a Harry Potter and Twilight fan.


How many times have we backed away from who we are because of peer pressure? It is not easy to be Muslim these days. And yet, she proudly wears her hijab everyday while working at a high profile Fortune 1000 company in Mountain View, California. it wasn’t always this easy.


In this episode, Mahin talks about what it was like to wear the hijab for the first time at age 14 and how she struggled with the American image of beauty while growing up.

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Posted on 3 November '10 by admin, under SEASON 1, VIDEOS. No Comments.