For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to tell simple, honest stories about people and their seemingly ordinary lives. A few years back I decided to take the leap, and made my first documentary film, Victoria Park - A generation of bocce. It's the story of an endearing group of aging Italian-Canadian gentlemen who have gathered in East Vancouver's Victoria Park to play bocce ball for the past fifty-five years. At night I took documentary film classes and during the day I taught myself how to write, produce, direct and shoot an independent 45 min documentary. With a small grant from BC Arts Council and a credit card, I worked my way through many unknowns and obstacles and successfully completed my film. The project garnered an Award of Excellence from the Canada International Film Festival, was an Official Selection of the Okanagan Film Festival and was a full page feature in The National Post. The project taught me an incredible amount and allowed me to meet some amazing individuals whose stories I will always treasure. Running time 42 mins.
A collection of stills and video clips from the documentary footage.
I also designed the film's brand identity and promotional items including stickers, postcards, posters and DVD packaging.
Production still photographs taken by Lisa Lebedovich during the shooting of the documentary.
Press coverage of the documentary project included a full page feature story in the National Post, and newspaper articles in the Vancouver Sun, North Shore News, The Province as well as online articles on varies lifestyle and culture websites.
Credits: Production photographs by Lisa Lebedovich and Editing by Shirley Anne Claydon