Culture Expansion in Cold Lake


Chandra Adimoolam, a member of the non-profit Edmonton Movie Club, hopes that Cold Lake’s first India Film Festival, happening on Sunday, July 30, will bring awareness to different movie genres and the diverse cultures that live and work in the Lakeland area.

“The festival will be a fun family event with foreign movies and exotic food,” explained Adimoolam, who has lived in Cold Lake for four years. The Edmonton Movie Club, which began in 2012, aims to screen multiple movies from all parts of India. “There are lots of provinces in India. Each has their own film industry, but they are not being properly exhibited or getting enough exposure,” said Adimoolam. “We want to showcase independent movies and actors.”

The movies being screened this weekend are Kaatru Veliyidai (in Tamil with English subtitles), and Breakaway (in English) starring the Canadian comedian Russell Peters. Craig Konechy, a local fan of film fests adds, “I think it’s great seeing something like this come to Cold Lake. My wife and I used to live in Salmon Arm, BC, and used to go to foreign film night at the theatre once a month. Some of the best movies I have seen have been foreign films. You won’t regret spending an afternoon at this event!”

Eleven volunteers from the area have organized the six-hour film fest, which they aim to make an annual event. The dinner menu, being provided by Achy’s restaurant in Edmonton, allows the guests to taste the East Indian flavours of Fish Pakora, Masala Vada, Chicken Briyani, Chicken Curry, Veg Kurma, Paratta, Pappadum, Raitha, Pickles & Vermicelli Pudding. Henna tattoos will be offered. There will be traditional jewelry to try on in the photo booth, and Grande Parlour Theatre will be putting on a skit between movies. The inauguration, which includes opening remarks by invited dignitaries, begins at 2:30 p.m., and by 8:00 p.m., prizes will be announced for Best Dressed Photo Contest and Lucky Draw.

Tickets, which range in price from $12.00 to $35.00 can be purchased in advance at Beantrees Café in Cold Lake or online at