Helen, Paul, and Francis

gatherings to remember Helen

New Orleans

Jazz Funeral

Hey, ya'll! We're gonna do Helen up right with a big old jazz funeral in New Orleans. Can you believe it?

The procession starts at Paul and Helen's old place at 3438 Cleveland St. on Saturday, February 24. The procession forms at 12:30 p.m. and rolls at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

We're planning on two brass bands, a vegan cupcake wagon parade, and, of course, Ernie K-Doe's hearse. We'll head up Angela (a.k.a. Jefferson) Davis Parkway, then toward the river on Orleans Ave., then up N. Claiborne Ave. We'll disband at the Mother-in-Law Lounge, 1500 N. Claiborne Ave., where we'll unwrap the cupcakes for an official tea party as well as shang-a-lang-a to some really cool tunes. So come on out -- we'll remember Helen and help try to put ourselves and our crazy city back together again.

For more info about the jazz funeral, email dazee at dkoen_2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com. For more info about making vegan cupcakes, email kittee at kittee68 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Helen, we love and miss you, baby.


There is a plan to have a "Film Not Bombs" workshop at the Toronto Images Festival (April 5-14)

Amanda Barker says:
We are aiming for a public screening at the Workman Theatre (2-day workshop on site with Amy exclusively for artists from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) - which provides greater understanding of mental illness and addiction issues through artistic media. We're aiming for a April 12 and 13 with a public screening at 3pm on Friday, April 13.

This is subject to change but its what we are aiming for. This will all be in conjunction with the images festival.

Los Angeles

there is a plan to have a screening of Helen's films sometime soon in Los Angeles.

please watch ehre for details

past gatherings


There was a memorial concert for Helen Hill Saturday, Feb 3rd at 10pm at The Seahorse (Argyle St.)
Please see the Halifax memorial site for more information.


There was a phowa ceremony for Helen at the Tilopa Buddhist Centre on Saturday Feb. 17 at 5pm.
Tilopa Centre is located at 1829 Victoria Diversion in Vancouver. A map can be found at: google maps link

The ceremony is open to anyone, and you can contact Rodrigo at rodcaballero [at] yahoo [dot] com for mor information.

please note - a date change for the Zeitgeist tribute

Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center in New Orleans is planning the first in a series of tributes to Helen Hill

Sunday, February 4 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zeitgeist, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113

www.zeitgeistinc.net 504 525-2767

A TRIBUTE TO HELEN HILL complete with films, videos, spoken word performances, music, cotton candy and vegan cakes. This is only the first in a series of tributes being planned by Zeitgeist to honor the memory of this remarkable artist and person.

Call for works: Anyone who made films in any of Helen?s classes or individuals who would like to perform in Helen & Paul?s honor are asked to contact us so we can include you in one of the tributes. Please call Rene at 504 352-1150 or zte@bellsouth.net

Zeitgeist will most likely be bringing the Tribute To Helen to the Mini-cine in Shreveport the following week. I will let you know when we confirm the date.


Dear Elijah and friends

Thank you so much for setting up the helenhill.org website

I knew Paul and Helen in Halifax. I moved North around the time they were moving South.

As you well know, there are no words to convey the grief that I and others are feeling right now.

Know that as you gather in NYC and others gather in Halifax, LA and New Orleans -- we here in the sub-arctic are also thinking of Helen and Paul and Francis.

Here in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (62N 114W) my family and I are having a "Paul and Helen Love-in" all weekend, listening to Piggy and Trouble Makers CDs, lighting candles.

I am not aware of anyone else in Yellowknife who knew Helen -- but would love to connect with and hold a local gathering if there is anyone else. We are connected to Edmonton by air and road so maybe Paul has friends up here.

Thanks again. We need to draw together in this very sad time.

~Paul falvo [at] yk [dot] com

San Francisco

There will be a screening of some work by New Orleans filmmaker Helen Hill who was tragically murdered last Wednesday. Whether you knew her or not, please come and celebrate the sunny personality and creative life of Helen.

New Nothing Cinema
16 Sherman Street
between Folsom/Harrison and Sixth/Seventh Streets
San Francisco
Thusrday, Jan. 11th
9 pm

New York

In New York, Jason Furman, Jenny Davidson, Amy Davidson and Joe Meija are inviting anyone in who wants to get together with other long-time devotees of Helen and Paul to meet at Eve and Jason's apartment at 3pm on Sunday at 214 W. 11th St., corner of Waverly.

Los Angeles

There was a gathering at Trixy & Randall's house where we listened to Paul's music, projected some of Helen's films, ate vegan collard greens, and had mousehole cupcakes.
There may be more events, please watch here for details


Dear Trixy & Elijah

We are a mess with this horrible news. We loved Helen. We were graced with her presence at the Film Farm 3 times. I can't believe this has happened. We send strong bright spirit strength to Paul and Francis from Canada

Janine, Jessie and I are having a gathering for Toronto friends of Helen on Wednesday January 10 at around 7pm. There will be food, drink, films and pictures.

If people would like to join us they may contact me at phoffman [at] yorku [dot] ca



I knew Helen Hill and Dr. Paul from five years of living in New Orleans. The news has just broken my heart many times over. I would like to invite anybody and everybody that knew them in the Seattle area to a gathering at my apartment on Capitol Hill. The memorial will be held at 7:00 and we will light candles, eat vegan food, and exchange stories about Helen, Paul and Francis. For address and directions, please contact me at demosure@comcast.net.


We can confirm at least one official memorial event in Halifax this coming weekend, now that the informal brunch has passed (and what a lovely time that was). There will be more to come.

On Saturday, January 13, there will be a memorial event to honour Helen's spirit and work and friendship. The event will begin at noon and end at approximately 3pm. This memorial / celebration of her life will start with a New Orleans-style jazz funeral procession at the lot at the corner of Falkland Street and Gottingen Street. This was the site of Helen and Paul's former home. This processional will travel up Gottingen, turning up North Street, ending at The Church on the corner of North and Fuller Terrace. All are welcome to join in - bring instruments or noisemakers if you like.

There will be free vegan food and beverages on hand, and a program of music, films and speakers from 1pm to 3pm. All are welcome to join friends and neighbours and to speak about their memories of Helen Hill. For more information on this and future events (including a fundraiser music night), please check helenhill.ckdu.ca or visit halifaxlocals.com and read the threads dedicated to Helen.

Thank you so much for passing on this information. Both our national broadcaster, CBC, and national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, have provided extensive coverage of this tragedy and the shocked and saddened reaction of people from across the country. Helen and Paul and Francis were on the front cover of Saturday's Globe and Mail and she was twice mentioned on the much respected flagship program As It Happens on CBC Radio One, in addition to numerous reports in other papers in Halifax, Edmonton (where Paul grew up) and more.


Portland, Oregon

Agh. I missed posting this. I am terribly sorry. Perhaps there will be another one in portland. - cristin

There will be a gathering in Portland, Oregon on Sunday the 14th of January, to remember Helen Hill, watch some of her films and eat vegan food. It will be at 3 pm at the home of Tim and Dana Herms 3015 NE Oregon Street. Call Adam at (503)481-3030 for more details.

Thanks for all the love and support,


As some of you know, my best friend Helen Hill was murdered in New Orleans a week ago yesterday. Her husband was also shot, but his injuries are not life threatening. It was a terrible unexpected occurrance, part of the growing lawlesness in New Orleans. I have just returned from her funeral, and am desperate to do something to honor her and to make the world a better place. I have decided to host a crafty time on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr day, from about 1-9 pm, in which people are invited to bring a craft or something to work on to make the world a better place (writing letters to your grandparents, knitting for orphans, etc.) It will be a special time of togetherness and creativity in community in honor of Helen's life.

Please bring a vegetarian dish or snack to share. Don't feel badly if you can't make it, I understand that it is short notice. We'll make sure to have enough food to have supper together.

Please let me know if you can make it.

Love, Miriam


Helen Hill Memorial Screening Many of you may have already heard about the untimely passing of Helen Hill, friend, animator, instructor, mother, and inspiration to many people around the world.

QAS (Quickdraw Animation Society) is planning a night of remembrance by hosting a retrospective screening of Helen's films.

The screening will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at the QAS/EM screening room in Calgary.

There will be vegan/vegetarian potluck at 6:00pm with films starting at 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

There will be a second screening from 9:00pm - 10:30pm.

A Magical Tree Sculpture is being created by artist Nikki Page. Everyone is encouraged to create a leaf to be placed on the tree (most materials will be supplied).

A jar will be set up to collect donations for Helen's husband Paul and son Francis.

Feel free to bring any images, artwork, photographs, thoughts and memories to share.

Come and celebrate Helen's life!