Awareness-raising film debuts with Chesterville connections this evening

A still image from 'Project Cold Days.'

OTTAWA — Four years in the making, Ottawa filmmaker Steven R. Coleman’s high-quality documentary about homelessness in the Nation’s Capital — ‘Project Cold Days’ — officially premieres tonight in the parking lot of the Shepherds of Good Hope. (See the trailer below).

And there are Chesterville connections to this awareness-raising endeavour: Ottawa Special Events proprietor Peter Gilroy — who grew up in Chesterville and whose parents still reside in the village — is handling the audio and video for tonight’s 75-minute screening. (Gilroy, incidentally, has another big gig coming up as his firm handles sound and lighting for tomorrow’s NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game at TD Place Stadium.)

Birket Foster. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Peter Gilroy. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Also assisting as a volunteer producer of tonight’s debut is M. B. Foster Associates Limited founder Birket Foster of Chesterville. Foster has come aboard to help Coleman market his film, including its recent entry in the Tribeca Film Festival in the International Documentary category. Foster says that ‘Project Cold Days’ carries an important message about a person’s need to have housing as the very first step before they can recover from drug addiction.

Tonight’s premiere at 233 Murray Street is expected to draw a cross section of individuals from the city. A red carpet entrance for the homeless community and those involved in the film starts at 6 p.m., in advance of the 7:30 p.m. show. In addition to the film, attendees will feast on plenty of free food from a number of establishments that have come forward as sponsors this evening. Get tickets here:…/232678839



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