Hyperlocal Q&A with judge Jeremy Mendes
The NFB's Jeremy Mendes tells us about his neighbourhood. He is one of the judges of the competition, which ends on May 3rd, 2013.
Put your story on the map for a chance to win an interactive adaptation of your story by the National Film Board of Canada's Digital Studio and a Macbook Pro: cbc.ca/hyperlocal.
Tell us about your neighbourhood.
I love my neighbourhood—a little haunt in East Van called Cedar Cottage. It had a reputation for being quite rough in the 80-90's but has mellowed out and most of the bars on the windows have become unnecessary relics.
What are some of your favourite neighbourhood destinations?
There is a beautiful little park in the next block called Sunny Side Park full of massive oaks, plains trees, and mixed conifers. Every year marks the return of a family of Cooper's hawks that can be seen regularly in the spring through to the fall. With new offspring arriving late summer, the feeding juveniles lay waste to the local song bird population, leaving the carnage on the ground under feeding perches. It kinda makes it feel a bit wild. There is also a cold beer and wine store around the corner. Perfect.
How is your neighbourhood changing?
It has been rezoned by the city so we lost a couple of beautiful old houses to development of a small apartment building. Carriage houses are cropping up, and soon we will be feeling the increased density. I suspect that the city has not been checking in on the effects of its experimental strategy. Another coup for developers in Vancouver.
What will you be looking for in the winning entry?
Something smart, well crafted, insightful and relevant. I'm a sucker for an unforeseen twist that lands the project in a surprising way. Emotional impact is great (read: not sappy).