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Media Release: Film About McCauley Launching Sunday

For Immediate Release: Documentary Shows the Brighter Side of McCauley

McCauley is an inner city neighbourhood in Edmonton often viewed as an unsafe community. We always hear about the crime, the poverty, and various undesirable activities. However, there is another side to this community. One that is vibrant, diverse, and exciting.

Independent filmmaker Paula E. Kirman captures the brighter side of McCauley in the new documentary McCauley Moments. McCauley Moments features interviews with numerous area residents and business owners, who talk about why they chose to live and work in the area. It also documents close to a year in the life of the neighbourhood, through the many events that take place there.

“The intent of the project is to try to break through the stereotypes that are out there about McCauley,” says Kirman. “McCauley Moments will show people throughout Edmonton all of the wonderful things McCauley has to offer, like friendly neighbours, excellent shopping, and incredible events. It will hopefully encourage them to come visit the community, spend some time here, and maybe even move here or start a business here themselves.”

The film will be seen for the first time in front of an audience at a community celebration this weekend:

Date: Sunday, November 10

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Commonwealth Recreation Centre, Room 4 (main floor, between the field and cashier)

McCauley Moments was produced with the assistance of McCauley Revitalization/City of Edmonton and The Works International Visual Arts Society.

After the launch, the 35 minute film will be available to be viewed online at the project’s website:

www.mccauleycommunity.com

The event is free and the filmmaker and representatives from McCauley Revitalization and The Works will be in attendance.

For More Information:

Paula E. Kirman

(780) 905-6094

 

Jane Molstad

McCauley Revitalization Coordinator

City of Edmonton

(780) 496-6887

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McCauley Moments Launching November 10

At long last, McCauley Moments will be screened for the first time in public on Sunday, November 10, from 2-4 p.m. in room 4 at the Commonwealth Recreation Centre. There is a load of free parking, and the location is right along the LRT route. The event is free and we’ll even have refreshments from the Italian Centre!

Doors are at 2 p.m., followed by a welcome at 2:15 and then a screening of the film (approximately 35 minutes) at 2:30. The filmmaker will be in attendance, as well as representatives from McCauley Revitalization and The Works.

Here is the Facebook event for the launch – hope to see you there!

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East Meets West: Chinatown Festival

The Chinatown Festival portion of this year’s East Meets West took place on August 17. It was an exciting and fun time, with dancers, martial arts demonstrations, dancers, food trucks, a Lion Dance, and more! Footage from the event will be featured in McCauley Moments. Here is an extended video about the Chinatown Festival.

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Updated: Interview Portraits

A couple of months ago I posted introductions to some of the people who you will “meet” as part of the McCauley Family Life Videography Project. Numerous other interviews have been done since then, so here is an updated look at these dynamic community members.

Dave is a single dad who bought a home – a former crack house – in McCauley around three years ago. His two young sons Rowan and Lucas often stay with him.

Larry and Betti have lived in McCauley for 35 years where they have raised four sons. They are both concerned about social issues while loving the walkability of the area and the closeness of the community.

Kate and John have lived in McCauley for around 40 years and were at the forefront of the community dealing with the issue of sexual exploitation.

Dan and Teddi are a young couple with three children who moved to McCauley because it was affordable. They have chosen to stay because of the community.

Ken and Miranda live in McCauley and own Zocalo, one of the hippest home and garden shops in the city. They have many reasons why they choose to live and run a business in the neighbourhood.

Nhan came to Canada from Vietnam in 1978 with her family. She owns a cooking school in Chinatown which is host to a number of area events and also lives in the area where she raised her two children who are now grown. Her daughter Robbin also speaks about growing up in McCauley.

Teresa is the daughter of the Spinelli legacy. Despite her abundant wealth, she continues to operate a business, live, and send her young son to school in the area. I also spoke with her mother Rina and son Massimo.

Michael and Heather moved into their house in McCauley last year after renting for a while. Michael is a pastor at one of the churches on Church Street (96 Street) and Heather is a home maker. They have two young children (and several bunnies) and they are convinced that McCauley is an excellent place to raise a family.

Dorothy is an Aboriginal kookum (grandmother) who lives near Sacred Heart Church, a source of deep support to her and her family. She gave birth to six children, of which only two are still living, and is raising a brood of grandchildren with her husband. She has seen and experienced a lot in the decade and a half she has lived in the area (including a shooting that took out one of her windows and wounded a young person staying with the family at the time) yet feels safe and secure where she lives.

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Ukrainian Community Content

I am trying to represent the main cultural groups in the McCauley area, and historically, Ukrainian has been one of them. McCauley used to be the centre of the Ukrainian community in Edmonton. There are still Ukrainians who live in the area, but many are now elderly. Most of the Ukrainians lived in the area that is now Chinatown, and some of the cultural buildings still remain such as the Ukrainian National Federation on 106 Avenue and 98 Street. It was here that a folk art event took place in mid-April, so I decided to pay a visit and speak to a couple of representatives from the Ukrainian community about why they still come to McCauley for cultural events. I also took in some wonderful Ukrainian dancing.