West-end students take on three-minute documentary – Lisa Rainford “Inside Toronto”

by Lisa Rainford.

For four years, Helen Costa, a Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School student, has been taking the 504 streetcar, yet it wasn’t until recently that she discovered just how special some of its routes shops are.

As part of a filmmaking pilot project called CityShorts, presented by the not-for-profit Back Lane Studios, Costa was assigned the task of creating a three-minute documentary focusing on a particular aspect of Roncesvalles Village. Initially, Costa confessed, she wasn’t too thrilled about her topic: the Old Country Shop, a European gift shop on Roncesvalles Avenue.

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