The Pulse: Nov. 10, 2022

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  • -12°C: Mainly sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 12. Wind chill minus 28 in the morning and minus 16 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 1 or low. (forecast)
  • Black/White: The High Level Bridge will be lit black and white for the Canadian Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (CNETS). (details)
  • 5pm: The Edmonton Oilers (8-6-0) will play the Carolina Hurricanes (8-4-1) at PNC Arena. (details)
  • Nov. 12, 2pm: The Edmonton Oilers will play the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena. (details)

Stills of three actors from This is Where We Live

Film project puts true stories of street life in the mouths of actors

By Brett McKay

A new short film titled This is Where We Live uses verbatim theatre to let Edmonton's unhoused community tell their own stories.

The film, directed by Dave Horak of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival and produced by Eric Rice with Ground Zero Productions, will be screened for the first time on Nov. 22 at Metro Cinema, marking the National Housing Day of Action.

It is the final product of a years-long process that started with interviewing eight people who were homeless or had experienced homelessness. Those interviews became the script performed by professional actors, who were hired to match the age, gender, and ethnicity of the interviewees.

Although his intent was to document lived experiences, Rice felt that shooting the film as a documentary would have worked against the aim of the project. So he chose an unobtrusive interview practice to put the film's subjects at ease.

"We wanted to give them freedom to tell their stories in a very natural and unforced way," he said. "Getting a camera stuck in your face and having somebody setting up lights around you, that doesn't really promote a feeling of comfort and trust and safety."

Having the interviews performed by professional actors in a controlled environment is meant to make it easier for audiences to truly hear what is being said, "without having the people listening filter their stories based on how people look," Rice said, noting that it's hard to come across as polished without access to showers or clean clothes.

The idea for This is Where We Live grew out of Rice's previous work and the shortcomings of past creative approaches to depicting homelessness. In his play Starless, Rice wrote a character based on his experiences volunteering with Alberta Street News and interviewing the often marginalized people who sold the paper.

"I realized after doing that, I wasn't really telling their story," Rice said. "I was taking pieces of their story, and using them to create a dramatic product."

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Headlines: Nov. 10, 2022

By Kevin Holowack

Cover art for Taproot Edmonton's Bloom, brought to you by Edmonton Unlimited

Bloom reflects on awards and previews investment summit

By Karen Unland

Episode 37 of Bloom looks back at the ASTech Awards and looks ahead to Startup TNT's next investment summit.

The breadth and depth of the work that Technology Alberta honoured at the 33rd annual ASTech Awards impressed co-host Faaiza Ramji.

"We're working on really big stuff around here," she said. "And I just love the fact that we're able to showcase it."

She and co-host Karen Unland also commented on the five Edmonton companies that will be pitching at Startup TNT's Investment Summit VI on Nov. 17.

Two have been featured on previous episodes of Bloom: Umay, which was on Episode 30, and Kidney-Chek, which was on Episode 36. The other three are Electronic Grid Systems, 48Hour Discovery, and

Like the ASTech Awards, Startup TNT's investment summits are a showcase for innovative work in Edmonton. But they also address the other side of the table, educating new investors so they know what to ask and feel comfortable writing cheques, Ramji said.

"I think what Startup TNT is doing is very helpful for both sides of the equation. If we want to keep more companies here, then we need to give them reasons, and one of those reasons is definitely capital."

Hear more on the Nov. 10 episode of Taproot's podcast about innovation in Edmonton.

A man sits and looks at pictures in an old wooden house in a still image from Anne Wheeler's A War Story

Weekend agenda: Nov. 11-13, 2022

By Debbi Serafinchon

You're invited on Friday to take time to reflect on those who have offered their service and sacrifice. This weekend also presents opportunities to take in the work of female-identifying film directors, get in some early Christmas shopping, see how a door can tell a story, or let the whole family explore their creativity.

Find even more things to do in the Arts Roundup.

Photo: Anne Wheeler's 1981 film A War Story will be screened at the Broad View International Film Festival on Nov. 11 at 6:30pm. (National Film Board of Canada)