Fonds PR1724 - Joseph Paithouski fonds

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Joseph Paithouski fonds

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    • 1975-1989 (Creation)

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    0.02 m of textual material. -- 1 photograph. -- 4 16mm cinefilm [1 Hr: 53 Min: 52 Sec]. -- 2 films. -- 1 poster.

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    Biographical history

    N. Joseph ("Joe") Paithouski was born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1953, the son of parents Nicholas Joseph (1917-1985) and Effie Barbara (nee Paul) Paithouski (1917-1976). Raised in Ottawa, he attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario from 1973 to 1980, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (Film and Economics) in 1979 and a Bachelor of Science degree (Mining Engineering) in 1980.

    A petroleum engineer in Calgary, Alberta, he was also an independent filmmaker. His films include Auld Lang Syne, which received honourable mention at the 1985 AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association) Awards for Best Short Film and Cityaniscape, which received honourable mentions at the 1987 AMPIA Awards for Best Short Film and Best Script-Non Dramatic. Paithouski's subsequent films include The Blue Suit Special and What's Left of the West? He also assisted with the development of websites related to the family history of servicemen.

    He died in Sarnia in 2018.

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    The fonds consists of the films and some film elements for Auld Lang Syne (1984), which documents the demolition of the Queen’s Hotel in Calgary, and Cityaniscape (1987), which documents Calgary through the eyes of four cinematographers; both were directed and produced by Joseph Paithouski. The fonds also includes a poster for Cityaniscape.

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    Joseph Paithouski donated the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in several accessions.


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        The material is in English.

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        Audiovisual records must be digitized prior to access.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Some file lists are available. Speak to a reference archivist for more information.

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        Also see the Joseph Paithouski fonds at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from the records.

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        Includes the following accessions: PR1987.0409, PR1988.0191, PR1988.0523, and PR2013.0645.

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