Fonds Accessions 1994-014, 1994-020, 2001-035 / 001-002. - Black River Productions fonds

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Black River Productions fonds

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NSHP Accessions 1994-014, 1994-020, 2001-035 / 001-002.

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43 cm of moving images and other material

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Black River Productions Limited was founded in 1987 by Neal Livingston, an independent Cape Breton filmmaker. Livingston had previously been noted for producing documentaries with a variety of environmental, social and political themes. As president, writer, director and producer of Black River Productions, Livingston continued to create dramatic, atmospheric and experimental genre films such as Off to Work (1988), Trees and Elevators (1991), and Michel in a Suête (1998). The company also produced documentaries on environmental issues, especially those relating to forestry practices and alternative energy sources, such as Toxic Partners (1999), and The Battle At Our Shores (2001). The company also became noted for a series of whimsical portraits of unconventional people, such as John Dunsworth -- The Candidate (1989), The Paper Age and Ancient Flight (1992), Mabou Fights Back (1992), and Both Sides of the Wire (1993). The company's films have been broadcast extensively in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, and have won several awards.

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Fonds consists of records relating to 34 completed productions, including films created by Livingston during his early career (1969-1986), which are now part of the company's catalogue. The productions are in a number of formats, including videocassettes, DVDs, and video reels. Viewing copies are available for all titles. Many titles have accompanying textual documentation such as publicity material and press releases.

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Donated by Neal Livingston in 1994 and 2001.


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No reproduction without prior written approval of the donor.

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Detailed file list available. Arranged alphabetically by production title, the list provides details as to production date, formats available, synopses and location numbers.

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Other moving image material produced by Neal Livingston can be found in the Atlantic Film Festival fonds.

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Includes 21 videocassettes (14 betacam SP, 5 VHS, 2 S-VHS), 18 film reels, 8 digital video discs, 3 1/2 " video reels, and 10 cm of textual records.

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