Victoria Park – A generation of bocce

A documentary by Tracey Lebedovich

Free public screening! 7pm on Thurs May 19, 2011

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Victoria Park – A generation of bocce screening
May 19th, 7pm at the Italian Cultural Centre
Free Admission!

Our documentary will be playing along side Shirley Anne Claydon’s “Everyday Wine from Vine to Table”, her short documentary about natural winemaking.

Location:
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC
Ph (604) 430-3337

http://www.victoriaparkmovie.com

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May 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

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DVDs available for sale online now

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Order your copy of the Victoria Park DVD online now for $15 cdn securely through Paypal using your account or credit card. Makes a great gift or Christmas stocking stuffer! Rated G, great for the whole family.

http://www.victoriaparkmovie.com

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October 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Successful Vancouver Screening

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We had a nice turnout of some familiar and some brand new faces at the Vancouver public screening. Thank you to everyone who came to see the film and for your support of small community-based projects!

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October 18, 2010 at 1:46 am

Vancouver screening – Oct 17th, 2010 – Rio Theatre – 2pm

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We are happy to announce a special screening of “Victoria Park – A generation of bocce” will be held on Sunday, Oct 17th, 2010 at East Vancouver’s Rio Theatre. We will also have DVDs available for purchase before and after the show! We hope to see you there. Families are welcome.

Tickets $6, available at the door. Doors at 1:40pm, Show from 2-3pm.

Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

DVDs on sale for $15 at the show (cash or local cheques only please) or you can buy them online now at:

http://www.victoriaparkmovie.com

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August 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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In the News – Bocce doc captures culture in transition

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Nice article in today’s North Shore Newspaper. Film premieres in Kelowna tonight!

Read the article here:

http://www.nsnews.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Bocce+captures+culture+transition/3313729/story.html

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July 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

In the News – Tossing & Turning

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Great full page in the National Post Arts & Life section – B6

July 15, 2010

Tossing & turning

Tracey Lebedovich first witnessed men playing bocce in Victoria Park while
on maternity leave with her daughter Stella. This “mysterious 

Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/search/index.html?q=Tracey+Lebedovich#ixzz0trRf3RWS

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July 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

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In the News – Filmmaker rolls out story of bocce scene

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Here is a recent Vancouver Sun article about Victoria Park. The last paragraph was disappointing to say the least, but the rest is ok:

July 12th, 2010 “Vancouver filmmaker Tracey Lebedovich first witnessed men playing bocce in Victoria Park while on maternity leave with her daughter Stella.

This “mysterious group of guys” was at the park whenever Lebedovich visited. They were playing the game they brought with them from Italy.”

Read complete story:

http://www.vancouversun.com/Filmmaker+rolls+story+bocce+scene/3265450/story.html

Photos here:

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Photos+generation+bocce+East+Vancouver/3251797/story.html

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July 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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For Immediate Release

July 5, 2010

LOCAL FILMMAKER’S BOCCE DOCUMENTARY SET TO SCREEN AT THE 2010 OKANAGAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – North Vancouver resident and filmmaker, Tracey Lebedovich, will be screening her independent documentary at the 13th annual Okanagan International Film Festival taking place in Kelowna, B.C. from July 21 to 25th 2010.

Produced, directed and filmed by Ms. Lebedovich on a shoestring budget, Victoria Park – A generation of bocce (www.victoriaparkmovie.com) tells the story of an endearing group of aging Italian-Canadians who for the past fifty years have gathered together to play bocce ball in an East Vancouver community park. These lively and fiercely competitive old-timers are a beloved neighbourhood institution and an important part of the city’s living history and culture.

Located in what was once considered Vancouver’s thriving Little Italy, Victoria Park, and the surrounding Commercial Drive area, is slowly losing its Italian roots as new immigration from Italy all but disappears. As a sign of the times, just as Tracey began filming, the park was slated for major re-construction, leaving the aging gentlemen without their familiar gathering place for months and possibly changing their community’s landscape forever.

The film also follows Rudy and Elsa, an endearing Italian-Canadian couple who are still playing competitive bocce ball at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre well into their 70’s. Through their love of the game, and each other, they hope to somehow attract the next generation of Italian-Canadians to carry on the bocce tradition.

And we meet Raymond Culos. Ray is a passionate second-generation Italian-Canadian and proud grandson to some of Vancouver’s earliest Italian pioneers. Ray is also a local community historian whose quest to retain his cultural traditions has led to him writing four books on the subject and building a traditional bocce court in his own backyard.

With the help of a media arts grant from the BC Arts Council (www.bcartscouncil.ca) and a donation from Delta-based glass and aluminum company, Phoenix Glass Inc. (www.phoenixglassinc.com), Tracey was able to complete her film and is excited to have the film screening for the public this summer in Kelowna. She hopes to be able to host a public screening in East Vancouver sometime this fall.

If you would like more information, would like to screen this film, or would like to schedule an interview with Tracey Lebedovich, please call her at 604-715-0385 or email tracey@victoriaparkmovie.com.

Film Screening Details

“Victoria Park – A generation of bocce”

Screening at the Black Box Theatre, Kelowna BC

Friday July 23, 2010 at 6:15pm (42 mins)

Film Festival Tickets & Info available at www.okanaganfilmfestival.com

Film website and press kit: www.victoriaparkmovie.com

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July 7, 2010 at 5:39 am

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Film Screening, Friday July 23 – 6:15pm, Black Box Theatre, Kelowna BC

Victoria Park will screen at the Okanagan International Film Festival this year.

Friday, July 23rd at 6:15pm
Black Box Theatre
Kelowna, BC

visit http://www.okanaganfilmfestival.com for more information!

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June 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Watch a clip from Victoria Park

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http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3208775449/

Aniello and Dennis, two Italian-Canadian bocce ball players from East Vancouver, discuss how things have changed since the heyday of bocce playing at Victoria Park.

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June 8, 2010 at 2:41 am