2005.005 - 2005.005 accrual

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CA ON00349 2005.005


2005.005 accrual


  • 1991 - 2001 (Creation)

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6 m textual records

1875 audio recordings
· 4 reels1 in. tape (5 hr., 11 min.)
· 17 reels 2 in. tape (4 hr., 34 min.)
· 401 reels ¼ in. (14 hr., 24 min.)
· 62 reels 35mm magnetic soundtrack (54,950 ft.)
· 187 reels 16mm magnetic soundtrack (104,679 ft.)
· 659 DAT cassettes (1093 hr., 14 min.)
· 6 D2 cassettes (4 hr., 44 min.)
· 1 DA88 cassettes (2 hr.)
· 8 DA8 (8 hr., 39 min.)
· 1 micro cassette (1 hr.)
· 52 CDs (41 hr., 38 min.)
· 477 audio cassettes (605 hr., 10 min.)
16,150 video records
· 568 ¾ in. cassettes (447 hr., 15 min.)
· 1359 Digital Betacam (731 hr.)
· 121 Betacam (84 hr., 15 min.)
· 2635 Betacam SP (1418 hr., 39 min.)
· 9 Betacam SX (4 hr., 30 min.)
· 267 Hi8 (275 hr., 2 min.)
· 676 HDCam (388 hr., 23 min.)
· 8 digital video cassettes (11 hr., 46 min.)
· 222 DVCam (228 hr., 35 min.)
· 235 DVCam Pro (162 hr., 36 min.)
· 4 DLT tape (2 hr., 48 min.)
· 49 Mini DV (36 hr., 54 min.)
· 57 video 8 cassettes (90 hr., 3 min.)
· 2767 VHS (2556 hr., 23 min.)
· 32 SVHS (38 hr., 32 min.)
· 4 8mm data cartridges (5 hr., 43 min.)
· 3 4mm data cartridges (3 hr.)
1 digital data storage (1 hr.)

678 cinefilms
· 70 reels 35mm workprint (35,443 ft.)
· 7 reels 35mm internegative (2,069 ft.)
· 9 reels 35mm interpositive (5, 463 ft.)
· 48 reels 35mm negative (36,663 ft.)
· 199 reels 35mm col. negative (159, 060 ft.)
· 9 reels 35mm optical col. negative (1,600 ft.)
· 1 reels 35mm positive (450 ft.)
· 269 reels 16mm workprint (152,964 ft.)
· 1 reel 16mm internegative (100 ft.)
· 31 reels 16mm negative (23, 619 ft.)
· 1 reel 16mm dupe negative (50 ft.)
· 33 reels Super16mm negative (30,800 ft.)

42 electronic materials
· 12 floppy disks (bearing textual material)
· 29 CDRs (bearing 37 QuickTime videos and 91 digital photos)

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(1990 -)

Administrative history

Galafilm Inc. was founded in Montreal in 1990 by Arnie Gelbart. Gelbart (who was born in Brussels and raised in Montreal) got his start in the film industry working as the Assistant Director on Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in 1972. He subsequently honed his talents writing and co-writing various screenplays, including Montenegro, and serving as Assistant Director and Associate Producer of Dusan Makavejev’s Sweet Movie. From 1984 until 1990 he served as President of the production house Cleo 24, which he also co-founded.

Over the course of the company’s history, Galafilm has produced award-winning documentaries, television dramas, children’s programming, and feature films. Perhaps best known for its documentary productions, the company first came to prominence with its controversial three-part series The Valour and the Horror. Directed by Brian McKenna, the program dramatized the experience of Canadian soldiers in World War II. One episode, in which the moral and logistical exigency of the bombing of German cities instead of military targets, drew the ire of retired service men and resulted in a $500 million lawsuit (eventually settled in Galafilm’s favour). The series won three Gemini Awards.

Following on the success of The Valour and the Horror, Galafilm went on to produce a number of war documentaries from a Canadian perspective, including War at Sea (1995), Web of War (1995), and The War of 1812 (1999). The latter won a Gemini Award for Best Sound, and a Hot Docs award for Best Cinematography. Galafilm hasalso produced a number of historical documentaries on a variety of subjects including Canadian playwright Ted Allan, the riot surrounding the 1955 suspension of hockey star Maurice Richard, the history of the Vikings and the travails of a boat of Jewish refugees in 1939. They have also produced programs exploring science and technology and social topics.

Galafilm Inc. has won a variety of awards for its feature films, including three Genies for The Hanging Garden (1997), four Genies for Lilies (1996), and several international awards for Steel Toes (2006). Galafilm’s youth-oriented programming has had similar success, with 15 Love (2004) winning a Gemini for Best Writing and Fungus the Bogeyman (2004) winning two awards in the United Kingdom for Best Children’s Show. The company is notable for releasing all of its films in both French and English language versions.

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This accession is divided into 4 series according to format: ‘Textual’, ‘Audio’, ‘Video’, and ‘Cinefilms’.
The first series, ‘Textual’, includes a small amount of documents relating to various Galafilm productions. Much of the material (on floppy disks) consists of production and other records pertaining to the various films and Galafilm’s business activities.
The second series, ‘Audio’, includes audio elements in several formats for productions. Of particular interest are recorded testimonies of veterans who were interviewed for The Valour and the Horror.
The third series, ‘Video’, includes video elements in several formats for productions such as Fire & Ice and The Voyage of the St. Louis. The vast majority of the videos represent unused material from documentaries like The Valour and the Horror. There are also final masters for each of the episodes in the various television productions.
The fourth series, ‘Cinefilms’, includes 16mm, Super16mm and 35mm negative and positive cinefilms from a number of productions, including The Hanging Garden, Two Thousand and None, and Lilies. There are also film materials from documentary films Ted Allan and Fire & Ice.

This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to a number of productions, including:

The Valour and the Horror (Television, 1991)
Voodoo Taxi (Television, ca.1991)
The Last Train: Across Canada Journey (Television, 1991)
Americas 500 (Television, 1992)
Web of War (Television, 1995)
Icebreaker to the North Pole (Television, 1995)
War at Sea (Television, 1995)
Voyage of StLouis (Television, 1995)
Lilies (Film, 1996)
The Hanging Garden (Film, 1997)
Ladies of the 9th Floor (Film, 1998)
Worst Witch (Television, 1998)
Tale of Teeka (Television, 1998)
War of 1812 (Television, 1999)
After Darwin (Television, 1999)
Castro’s Gold (Film, 1999)
Road Stories for the Flesh Eating Future (Television, 1999)
2000 and None (Television, 2000)
Polar Bear Safari (Television, 2000)
Fire and Ice (Television, 2000)
Ted Allan: Minstrel Boy of the 20 th Century (Television, 2001)

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  • English

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  • English



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