Adam Bentley is an Edmonton-based film producer, Jewish heritage practitioner, and founder of the International Festival of Winter Cinema. He produces video works on Jewish culture and heritage in Alberta. Adam was twice awarded the highly competitive Edmonton Arts Council’s Cultural Diversity in the Arts grant and is also a two-time recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Cultural Relations grant. His works have been screened at film festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe, on Air Canada, and CBC Television. You can find many of his works through searching your local library’s media database with Alexander Street Press. When not filming, he can be found biking, summer or winter, in Edmonton’s river valley.
Paula E. Kirman is a lifelong Edmontonian who is a writer, editor, photographer, filmmaker, musician, and community organizer. She is a freelance communications professional and digital storyteller who works mostly with non-profit organizations and community media. Paula has received numerous awards for her community and media work, including the Human Rights Champion award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, and the Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice from the Edmonton Social Planning Council. Her Jewish identity often influences her work and art.
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Stuart Hoye is an Edmonton-born freelance developer, and is honoured to be participating in this project’s development. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Computing Science Department, he enjoys applying his skills in support of community-focused undertakings. Current work for clients includes devising a record-linking algorithm for the UofA’s MAP Lab, lightweight web development for the Matthew Wong Foundation, as well as consulting with Remedium Software as they collaborate with the Yellowhead Tribal Council.
Mettannah is a proud graduate of Talmud Torah (the new building), Ross Sheppard High School, and now McGill University. She recently completed her BA, double majoring in Jewish Studies and Sociology, and minoring in History. A proud Edmontonian, Mettannah is currently residing in Montreal and spends her workday at Chai Lifeline. Mettannah has been involved in many different facets of the Edmonton Jewish community and has taken that love with her to Montreal. She has only fond memories of growing up in Jewish Edmonton and is thankful to Paula, Adam, and the JESO team for giving her the opportunity to connect with and learn more about its history.