INTERVIEWER

Patricia Burns comes to this project with a keen interest in Griffintown. Her father grew up there and she has compiled a book of oral histories called "The Shamrock & the Shield." She is well connected to the Irish community in Montreal. She will be a valuable resource on this project.

DIRECTOR

Richard Burman started his company in 1979 shortly after receiving a diploma in electronics and a degree in Fine Arts. He has worked in many different aspects of the production.
In 1980 he produced and directed a 28 minute film documentary called "Being Part of It All". It is a story about an intellectually handicapped married couple who moved from institutional life to independent living. Ten copies were bought by the NFB for their libraries.
In the eighties he produced a number of small corporate productions.
In 1997 he conceived and directed a hour-long documentary called "The World at our Feet". It was about the Lachine International Folklore Festival and it aired on CFCF and TeleQuebec.
He has produced a number of short magazine stories for Vision TV. This included a story on the walk to the stone which led to his discovery of Griffintown. He also has discovered his great-great-grandfather come over from County Wexford at age 15 and settled in 'The Ward of St Ann' until he died at 85.

RESEARCHER

David R O'Keefe has worked as research director/historian on 4 television documentaries including the highly rated Camp X (1999) produced by Victory Motion Pictures in Halifax and Murder in Normandy: The Trial of Kurt Meyer (1999); Forced March to Freedom (2001) and Daredevils, Dreamers and Dealmakers (2001) produced by Academy Award nominated David Paperny Productions in Vancouver.
After studying at Concordia and McGill universities in Montreal, he received his M.A. from University of Ottawa in 1996 where he commenced his PhD the following year.
For the last 3 years, David R. O'Keefe has been employed as a professor of Modern and Military History at John Abbott College in Montreal following 4 years as a lecturer in Military and Diplomatic History at the University of Ottawa.
O'Keefe's publications include the highly influential article for Canadian Defence Quarterly concerning intelligence and decision-making in General Guy Simonds' 2nd Canadian Corps in Normandy as well as a series of Canadian Military History minutes broadcast on Radio Canada International.
In addition to his teaching duties at the University of Ottawa., O'Keefe was employed as a Research/Liaison officer and signals intelligence specialist for the Department of National Defence after spending two and half years as an infantry officer in the Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch) in Montreal. He has extensive research experience in government and private archival repositories in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and he currently resides in Montreal with his wife Carolyn and his 3 children Jessica, Andie and Kevin.


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