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PR3820 · Fonds · 1985-2012

The fonds consists of administrative records of the Dreamspeakers Festival Society and audiovisual records of films submitted to the film festival.

The administrative records include festival programs, files for individual film submissions, society bylaws, executive director reports, publicity files, board of director minutes and correspondence, Walk of Honour correspondence and files, and fundraising/sponsorship files.

The majority of audiovisual records consist of submissions for the film festival. Selected submissions include those that were chosen for the festival and many that were rejected but are representative of Indigenous filmmaking across Alberta and Canada, with a smaller sample of international submissions.

The audiovisual records also include films made as part of the Dreamspeakers youth programs, recordings of festival proceedings, advertisements, and a small collection of recorded music by Indigenous Canadian performers.

Dreamspeakers Festival Society
Gil Cardinal fonds
PR3684 · Fonds · [195-]-2010

The fonds consists of records from Gil Cardinal’s independent and freelance projects; the film companies co-founded by Cardinal (Great Plains Productions, Kanata Productions, Strange Empire Productions); and his work for NFB, BBC, or other broadcasters.

The textual materials contain the complete business records of Great Plains Productions, creative records for specific projects (including scripts, notebooks, shot lists, story boards, and editing notes), administrative records for specific projects (including contracts, financial records, grant applications, and correspondence), developmental records related to unrealized projects, and personal records (including correspondence, speaking notes, speeches, and teaching material).

The films consist of home movies from Cardinal’s foster family (some of which were used as part of Foster Child); a tour of the Canadian Museum of Civilization with its architect, Douglas Cardinal; and release prints of Foster Child.

The videocassettes consist of original shooting tapes and completed masters of several projects. Most prominent among these are My Partners, My People, Our Home and Native Land, The Great Possibility, and David with F.A.S. There are also masters, but not shooting tapes, for several other projects including Big Bear, Chiefs (for both episodes directed by Cardinal), Totem, and others. Some of these masters are on DVD as well as videocassette.

The photographs, negatives, and slides consist of images shot by Cardinal during the course of filming, images of special events, and family photos.

Cardinal, Gil
Dale Phillips fonds
PR2223 · Fonds · 1964-2004

The fonds consists of 16mm films and film elements, videotapes and audiotapes for films (some completed productions and some not completed), including Born Hutterite, Crash Course Alberta, Shadows of War, Great Divide Waterfall Project, Newfoundland After Codfish, Coking in the Crowsnest Pass, Transportation Crisis, and Rock Fest. Also included are proposals, contracts, business files, minutes, scripts, correspondence, and research material for films that Dale Phillips worked on; office files for companies and other projects that Dale Phillips worked on such as Filmwest, Edmonton's Snowflake Fantasy Winterfest; an Industrial Archaeology conference; issues of the literary review magazine NeWest Review for which Phillips was writer and editor; other magazines, newspapers and newsletters; and film industry reference books.

The fonds also consists of material that was created for a documentary entitled Where Time Begins, aka Chukotka. The documentary follows Niobe Thompson, a then-doctoral candidate at the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, and his wife, Linda Chang, on a year-long journey through Chukotka in the far northeastern tip of Russia as part of a research and humanitarian project with indigenous populations. The audiovisual material related to this project documents the entirety of Thompson and Chang's work in Chukota with many hours shot with Albertan First Nations communities, as well. The project records also include textual material such as shot lists, production files, budgets, proposals, and correspondence.

Phillips, Dale
William Marsden fonds
PR2637 · Fonds · 1904-2006

The fonds consists of records that document multiple facets of Marsden’s life and work, including freelance photography, film production, his work as Alberta Film Commissioner, and several hobbies such as woodworking, sailing, and aviation.

The freelance photography records include prints and negatives of Marsden’s work, including commissions and landscape stills. These records also include clippings of Marsden’s published work, correspondence related to his photography business, and awards.

The film production records include scripts, production stills, and masters from several productions such as The Naked Flame, Okan (a Glenbow Foundation documentary on the Siksika Sun Dance), and Wings of Chance.

The Film Industry Development records include correspondence with film producers across Canada and the United States, information files, reports on the Alberta film industry, and production stills and/or video copies of films shot in Alberta (including Unforgiven and Heaven and Earth).

Marsden’s personal records include flight logs, photographs of woodworking projects (including sailboats and planes), plane-building project diaries, scrapbooks (including family histories and photographs dating from 1904), a high school yearbook, and files related to the writing and publication of Big Screen Country: Making Movies in Alberta.

Marsden, William
Tom Radford fonds
PR3736 · Fonds · [193-?], 1969-2014

The fonds consists of textual and audiovisual records created over the course of Tom Radford’s career, including material created under the Filmwest Associates, Great North Productions, Great Plains Productions, White Pine Pictures, and Clearwater Documentary labels.

The material includes records related to completed projects such as Inuit Odyssey, Tar Sands, A Scattering of Seeds, The Power of Dreams, The End of Evolution, Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer (including audio reels of interviews with early Edmonton photographer Gladys Reeves), Hockey Night in Harlem, Ma Vlast, The Honour of the Crown, Arctic Dreamer, Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies, The Great Divide, Road of Bones, Alberta Bound, Codebreakers, Roughing It: A Golfer’s Guide to the Universe, and Tipping Point. These records include job files, production stills, scripts, camera tapes, and some masters. There are also numerous records related to incomplete projects, unsolicited script submissions, and administrative records from Great North Communications, Clearwater Documentary, and Great Plains Productions.

Radford, Tom
Reel Girls Media fonds
PR3830 · Fonds · 1999-2007

The fonds consists of production files for various projects undertaken by Reel Girls Media. These projects are as follows:

SciQ: Up Close and Palaeo: a one-hour, children’s program shot at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller that focuses on palaeontology. The records include masters, b-rolls, and interview transcripts.

Stories from the Seventh Fire: a half-hour, animated, children’s series featuring Indigenous performers such as Tantoo Cardinal and Gordon Tootoosis narrating several First Nations stories and legends. The records include DVDs and the original masters.

Booked: a half-hour series in which book reviewers and criminal justice professionals discuss a prominent mystery novel. The records include masters and DVDs.

Out of the West: a one-hour documentary featuring interviews with several western Canadian authors. The records include masters, shooting tapes, and production files.

Between the Stones and the Ocean: A Portrait of Rudy Wiebe: a one-hour documentary about western Canadian author Rudy Wiebe. The records include shooting tapes and masters.

Capturing Cooperman: A Not So Private Investigation of Howard Engel: a one-hour documentary about Canadian mystery author Howard Engel. The records are limited to the masters.

WildFiles: a half-hour, children’s series that focuses on animal biology. The records are limited to production files.

Return of the Peregrine: a one-hour documentary about conservation efforts to restore peregrine falcon populations across Canada. The records include shooting tapes and interview transcripts.

Homefront: a one-hour documentary that follows the stories of several Edmonton-based soldiers and their families during deployment to Afghanistan. The records are limited to masters.

How the Fiddle Flows: a one-hour documentary that traces Métis culture and history through music and dancing. The records are limited to masters.

In addition to these completed projects, there are several non-completed projects that are also captured in the records. These projects were started by Reel Girls but never broadcast or distributed and include the following:

Return of the Bison: a potential documentary that would have focused on conservation efforts to restore bison populations across the world. The records include shooting tapes and production files.

A to Z Film Guide: this potential series would have focused on various roles within the film industry as an educational tool. The records are limited to pre-production files.

Rock ‘n’ Fossil Road Show: this potential series was modeled on Antiques Roadshow and would have featured rock and fossil collectors consulting with experts about their collections. A pilot was completed but the series was not pursued. The records include pre-production files.

Reel Girls Media
Marke Slipp fonds
PR1988 · Fonds · 1968-2003

The fonds consists of VHS and ¾” videotapes, 16mm and 35mm film release prints and film elements, ¼” reel to reel and cassette audiotapes and textual material regarding film productions that Marke Slipp worked on, mainly as film editor. Some of the productions include My Partners My People, Get Back the Night with Alberta singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor, Learning With Love about the Alex Taylor School in Edmonton, Sylvan Lake Summer, and Truckers: A Road Well Travelled. Also included are the film elements for the unfinished production, A Poet of Place, regarding architect Douglas Cardinal.

Slipp, Marke
Gene Gregoret fonds
PR3666 · Fonds · 1968-1980

The fonds consists of release prints, A and B rolls, answer prints, inter-negatives, original camera rolls (negative and reversal), mixed soundtracks, and original audio reels created for Viator Films documentaries. Most of these films focus on Cree communities in northern Alberta. These titles are This Place—Chipewyan Lakes, Spring Beaver, 40 Yards of Canvas, The Craftsman, Voice of My Grandmother, Season of the Birch, Lac Ste. Anne Experience, and Trout Lake. These films cover a variety of topics including Cree oral traditions, beaver trapping, woodcarving, traditional canoe construction, teepee construction, the Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage, and Catholic missionaries. There are also two films that focus on the Caribbean immigrant experience in Alberta or life in the Caribbean (Tradewinds: West Indians in Alberta and Sweet Barbados).

The photographs depict various Cree subjects from Chipewyan Lakes, Trout Lake, and other northern Albertan communities. The textual material consists of editing notes, shot lists, and production diaries.

Gregoret, Gene