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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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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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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.

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Interview: Dan and Teddi

A major part of the McCauley Family Life Videography Project are interviews with residents and business owners (who are also residents!). Clips from the interviews will be woven together in some sort of thematic sense with clips from area events. However, to give you an idea of the kinds of interviews being done, here is an entire one from yesterday with a very articulate young couple who is raising their family in McCauley. The moved here for economic reasons and stayed for the community. Meet Dan and Teddi.

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Family Day at the Rink

Family Day at the rink happened on February 18 with a skating party, hot dogs, marshmallow roast, and horse-drawn wagon rides. I had a great time filming the goings-on, and even hopping on the wagon myself and filming Church Street from that perspective. Here is a set of photos from the event and a couple of videos.

Family Day at McCauley Rink 2013

Family Day at McCauley Rink 2013