The Origin of Motion Picture Production in Canada

Introduction When people are asked to define Canadian film-making, or give an example of a distinctive Canadian style, many cite the work of the National Film Board. Peter Morris has stated in the preface of Embattled Shadows that, "until recently, the heritage of Canadian film has been virtually ignored. It

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Nass River Indians (Reconstruction)

Although little known today, the 1928 Canadian movie, Saving the Sagas, is an early example of a film recording the presence of the ethnographic fieldworker...

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Frederick Conway Edmonds

Frederick Conway Edmonds of Lindsay, Ontario, was one of the first travelling showmen in Canada. Born in England on June 2, 1850, he had come to Canada as a young man. He was a ventriloquist, magician, and theatre manager and had managed

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Burton S. Moore

Coming Soon… From Library & Archives Canada; Biography / Administrative history: Moore, Burton S: Burton S. Moore (fl. 1922-1969) was a wildlife filmmaker and inventor of a 35mm camera. His film Wildlife in New Brunswick represents the earliest use of a telephoto

Lt. Pierre-Malcolm “Trapper” Stevens

September 1, 1934 – March 11, 2020 TRAPPER STEVENS Recollections of a eulogy by Anthony Hyde (used with permission) I say “recollections” because I was making things up as I went along — surely appropriate since I was talking about Traps —

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NFB Memories

"I had occasion recently to read an account of the life and work of Louis Applebaum, who brought Dad to join the Music Department at the NFB. In it, the author, Walter Pitman, referred to “the old barn on Sussex Avenue”, and

A Movietone News Family

My father William James Pearson (WJPIII) and I shared the exact same name, and (by co-incidence), the same jobs in film, with the same company, and the same role path within it. WJPIII got his foot in the door in this fledgling

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BOOKS: A Theatre Near You

A movie theatre is something special. It’s a business, but not like just any business. It doesn’t compare to a gas station or a hardware store. It’s built to entertain people; a place where kids gather for their first outings into town