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What Sponsor Program! An unknown history of the NFB

March 26, 2023
Feature image: Hot Stuff. Directed by Zlatko Grgic. Produced by Robert Verrall. Photo taken from the production. © 1971 National Film Board of Canada. All rights reserved. Image courtesy; Jimena Romero, Coordinator, media relations, Communications and public affairs, National Film Board of

The Loon’s Necklace summary by James Forrester

September 24, 2022
Entry for Masterworks 2001 by James Forrester for AV Preservation Trust of Canada web site (now defunct). Reposted here with permission of the author, and the current rights holder for the AV Preservation Trust of Canada: Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Academy.ca). The Loon’s Necklace was not a sponsored film. It was created by a

The Origin of Motion Picture Production in Canada

January 10, 2022
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

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

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

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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A Theatre Near You 150 Years of Going to the Show in Ottawa-Gatineau Alain Miguelez Archives of Canadian Arts, Culture, and Heritage

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