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.
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.
So far, I have done four sets of interviews, with more planned over the next few weeks. I am already amazed by the diversity of viewpoints and lives of these McCauley residents.
Here are some of the people you will be “meeting”:
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.
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 and son.
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.
The McCauley Family Life Videography Project is the official working title for this project. However, it is a bit long to use as a title on the actual videos. I was thinking of something shorter and catchy like “McCauley Moments” – do you have any suggestions?
February is here, which means that filming has officially begun for the McCauley Family Life Videography Project. I have actually been filming scenic shots and events over the past month, and am now getting into the interviews. If you would like you and your family to take part, please contact me to set up an interview. I am interested in talking to families of all ages and make up (including single parents, grandparents raising grandkids, and same-sex couples), and have a particular need for Aboriginal, Asian, and immigrant families so that the diverse nature of the neighbourhood can be properly represented.
McCauley is about the become the subject of an Internet-based mini-series.
The McCauley Family Life Videography Project will promote the neighbourhood as a great place for families to move and for businesses to invest. The series of six vignettes of approximately 3-5 minutes in length will be posted on YouTube, and promoted through various social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
The McCauley Family Life Videography Project is seeking people to participate on camera to be a part of the videos we will be producing. We are seeking:
- Families with young children.
- Families from the Italian, Ukrainian, Asian, and Aboriginal communities, as well as any other cultural groups and interracial/intercultural/interfaith families.
- Non-traditional families (single parents; same-sex partners; grandparents raising grandchildren).
- Older singles and couples who have raised families in McCauley.
- Business owners who are having positive experiences in the area.
Filming officially begins in February. If you are interested in taking part, contact Paula directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.