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Red Deer film receives two awards at Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF)


Red Deer film receives two awards at Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF)

Power on Water takes Audience Choice and award for Best Short Documentary at CAFF awards ceremony Saturday, February 23.

RED DEER, February 26, 2019 – The 2019 Central Alberta Film Festival came to a conclusion Saturday night with a formal awards ceremony celebrating six winning films, with awards for Audience Choice and Best Short Documentary going to Red Deer filmmaker Rueben Tschetter for his film “Power on Water.”
“Of all the films screened at the great Carnival Cinemas facility this week, ‘Power on Water’ was singled out by both the judges and the audience as a superior film,” said Ranjit Mullakady, CAFF President, at an after-party on Saturday held at downtown restaurant Here to Mars. “We couldn’t be happier that a local film gets to be celebrated this way right here in Red Deer.”
“Power on Water” is a short film commissioned by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery that profiles Red Deer’s Tammy Cunnington, world class Paralympic swimmer. Cunnington was six years old when she was struck by an airplane at a Ponoka air show in April 1982, leaving her a paraplegic. “Power on Water” tells the story of Cunnington’s life, her passion, and her focus on getting to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Other films recognized at the CAFF Awards Ceremony, which was sponsored in part by 67th Street Dental and Troubled Monk Brewery, were Prairie Dog for Best Feature Narrative, RISE: The Story of Augustines for Best Feature Documentary, and “The Wall” for Best Short Narrative. Audience Choice awards for CAFF’s Smartphone and 48 Hour Film Challenges were given to “Marionette Man” and “Suzie.” CAFF Action Team volunteers were also recognized at the ceremony by Mullakady, who commented on the importance of teamwork in filmmaking and in life.


About Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF)

Central Alberta Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to educate, support and promote cinematography and film making in Alberta and Canada. CAFF is a bridge between the audience, critics and the contemporary filmmakers who want to showcase and discuss their work. This festival is a platform to incubate Albertan, Canadian, and international talent. In a rapidly evolving film industry, CAFF is a catalyst to enhance cinematic experience with excellence, and support Canadian artistic values. The third annual Central Alberta Film Festival took place February 20-23, 2019.


Terrific Tunes… Tasty Food… It’s Foodstock!!! Saturday at Elks Lodge



Rob Lamonica

Terrific tunes and tasty fare for a great cause – gearing up for Foodstock

By Mark Weber 

A partnership between the Red Deer Food Bank and the Central Music Festival Society continues to not only spread the joy of music but also helps meet a critical need in the community.

Foodstock runs Sept. 14th.

There will be plenty of food, festivities and a ‘mini-international’ music festival at the Elks Lodge featuring the exemplary talents of David Essig, Nine Second Ride, Rob Lamonica, Laurelle, and the mesmerizing magic of Kyle Key.

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs through to 11 p.m.

As the Society’s web site points out, ‘Thousands are expected to pack the parking lot with donations (for the Food Bank) while feasting on the Red Deer Food Bank BBQ Crue’s sizzling fare.”

At 7 p.m. the music starts inside and runs through to around 11 p.m. All profits go to the Red Deer Food Bank.

Tickets are $30 each in advance or $35 at the door. Kids aged 12 and under are admitted free when with a responsible adult.

“Our goal for this event is to raise over $5,000 for the Red Deer Food Bank to help meet the demand for the holiday season,” said Mike Bradford, president of the Central Music Festival Society.

“We like to create a festive atmosphere,” he explained, pointing out that stilt walkers will be onsite to showcase their skills as well.

“They will also be giving lessons to interested kids on shorter stilts.”

After everyone eats and takes in the fun outside, the tunes kick off in the Elks Lodge.

“If you look around, and you are in a position to help somebody out, the very basic need for all of us is food,” he added. “That’s what it’s all about.  “So in my mind, it’s just a way of giving back to the community,” he said.  Indeed, it’s a service that is always in high demand as well.  “There is no shame in needing a helping hand.”

The partnership at the annual Foodstock event also led to the Food Bank setting up at Central Music Festival Society shows through the year as well. The Society also matches Food Bank financial contributions dollar for dollar, said Bradford.

To date, close to $9,000 has been raised. “It’s something that has worked out pretty well for both of us! If we can help out, we are glad to do it.”

Feedback from all sides has always been fantastic, he added.

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It’s a rewarding experience for Society volunteers to be a part of and the Food Bank is always very happy for the solid support of course. The musicians are also thrilled to pool their efforts behind such a great community cause as well.

“It’s also about raising the awareness of the Food Bank. Anyone can fall on hard times, and anyone can lend a helping hand.

“We are all human, and we have to get through this life together.”

As for the folks at the Food Bank, they couldn’t be more pleased – or thankful – about this terrific partnership.

“It’s been a tremendous relationship, and it’s been ongoing for a couple of years now,” said Fred Scaife, executive director of the Red Deer Food Bank.

“They invite us to all of their events, too,” he noted, pointing out that Food Bank representatives, as mentioned, are at performances through the year to receive donations from patrons and also make further connections in the community.

“And the shows are always so good!”

But ultimately, Scaife emphasized that it’s partnerships like these that really help to make such a critical difference in the day-to-day operations of the Food Bank.

And with Foodstock, the timing of the event couldn’t be better as food and financial reserves at the Food Bank can be running quite low at that point of the year, said Scaife.  “Not only does it give us an opportunity to solicit some donations that we need at that time of year, it also gives us the opportunity to be in front of the public,” he noted.

Scaife also explained that the consistent support of the Central Music Festival Society is what helps with the unpredictable nature of collecting food and funds through the year for the charity.

“It’s such a good, solid relationship. It’s great for us.”

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City of Red Deer

Collicutt Centre adding a water slide!



From The City of Red Deer

New water slide to open at Collicutt Centre this month

An exciting new addition will be arriving at the Collicutt Centre later this month: a new water slide. The Collicutt Centre Water Park will close from September 9-27, 2019 for regular annual maintenance and to allow for the installation of the slide.

The Water Park and the new water slide will open to the public Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. Red Deerians are invited to attend a celebration in the Water Park on opening day, which will feature fun games and activities for children and youth. Regular admission rates apply.

The City of Red Deer is hosting a contest for the opportunity to be the first person to ride the new slide. To enter, people are asked to submit their favourite memory from a City recreation facility or program on or before September 20, 2019. The winner will be selected randomly and notified on Monday, September 23. For more information on the contest, visit

The slide, part of the original facility design, was approved for installation by City Council during the 2019 annual budget process. Required infrastructure, including support posts, were built during the original construction so 2019 expenses are limited to the purchase of the slide and installation costs. The total project budget is $282,000.

For more information on the Collicutt Centre and admission rates, visit

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