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Alberta Film: Violent, Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards

violentViolent, the audacious, award-winning Norwegian-language Canadian film created by Vancouver-based production company Amazing Factory, produced in conjunction with Calgary’s own boutique film company Media Darling, was screened in Calgary on October 13 as part of the Calgary Cinematheque’s tenth anniversary season. The debut feature from director Andrew Huculiak, drummer for innovative Vancouver indie group We Are The City, Violent was shortlisted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

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The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) Announces 2016 Jury & Audience Awards

filmsThis year’s festival Jury and Audience Awards chosen from an outstanding 2016 EIFF programme This year’s full festival line-up featured more than 150 films– short, documentary, dramatic and feature-length – curated from a record-breaking 3,000 submissions and hundreds of films solicited from distributors and other festivals. For the first time in EIFF history, jurors were flown to the festival and spent many hours at Landmark Cinemas watching all of the films in competition.

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Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library Join Forces to Create the City’s Arts & Culture Library

Wordfest Bill Ptacek, CEO, Calgary Public Library, and Shelley Youngblut, General Director, Wordfest, today announced a creative collaboration that sees Wordfest move its operations to the top floor of the Memorial Park Library and share its extensive arts and culture expertise with Calgary Public Library. It’s been more than a century since the construction of Memorial Park Library as a “first rate building to underline the importance of education and culture in the West” (Alexander Calhoun, Calgary’s first librarian).

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Alberta Book: Deadmonton, Crime Stories from Canada’s Murder City by Pamela Roth

deadmontonDeadmonton, Crime Stories from Canada’s Murder City by Pamela Roth, a former crime reporter for the Edmonton Sun, explores the dark, violent underside of Alberta’s capital city. The collection explores more than 20 homicides. Some have been solved, and some have grown cold, the case files gathering dust, the killers never brought to justice. Five killings in a single week. A pair of bodies found in a bullet-riddled SUV at a remote cemetery. A dying man’s desperate call to police for help. Another family torn apart by the sudden violent death of a loved one. In 2011, Edmonton became the murder capital of Canada when the lives of 48 people came to a sudden end. With no common pattern, single cause or factor to the slayings, it was a year Edmonton police dubbed an anomaly.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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