LIVING HER DREAM. A CANADIAN DIRECTOR’S SHORT FILM IS SELECTED FOR DREAM CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in RIVNE UKRAINE HIGHLIGHTING 125 YEARS OF UKRAINIAN SETTLEMENT TO CANADA.
Award winning Director and Producer Darcia Parada is no stranger to Ukrainian Canadian culture. When she returned to Edmonton after residing in New York City for many years to marry a local boy she met at her niece's wedding, their nuptials included Ukrainian traditions that are present even today. The colours and textures continue to influence Parada's work which began in opera, and is now firmly planted in filmmaking. In opera Parada is known for messing with the public’s perception of what some think is a stale art form, and derives great pleasure from the same impish creativity in her films too. HERITAGE QUARTERS a new vision for an urban landscape is a testament to it, combining opera, soundscape and a loose narrative with visual art and animation.
HERITAGE QUARTERS which begins on the undeveloped northern banks of the North Saskatchewan River, takes us through the eastern reaches of Jasper Avenue's development, and the heart of Edmonton’s downtown to present day, is an ode to the early 20th century immigrants to Edmonton. Parada's newest project is the feature film, a life affirming love story, and also an homage to her Ukrainian heritage, which she dedicates to her ancestors who came to Canada as part of the second wave. Parada describes SPRINGTIDE as The Proposal crossed with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, "You just replace Greek with Ukrainian, add Manhattan, Victoria BC, a few whales, a Rocky Mountain road trip, and that epic Alberta prairie landscape dotted with domed churches. That’s my story, and the story of many of us who’ve picked peas and raspberries from Baba’s garden."
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Sunday August 7th , Darcia will be where? At the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village celebrating Ukrainian Day and 125 years of Ukrainian Settlement.