Fonds paa-7787 - Filmwest Associates (1983) Limited fonds

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Filmwest Associates (1983) Limited fonds

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PAA paa-7787

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25 films and other material.

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Filmwest Associates Limited (Ltd.) was incorporated as a film producer under the <em>Companies Act </em>on July 15, 1971; the company produced and distributed films out of Edmonton, Alberta. This initial company was officially dissolved January 1, 1983 to facilitate the reconstruction of the company. A new company was incorporated October 29, 1982; the company's name became Filmwest Associates (1983) Ltd. on March 7, 1983. The company continued to produce and distribute films until 1991, when George Christoff and his wife Merrie became the sole shareholders and moved to Kelowna, British Columbia.  This marked the end of Filmwest Associates (1983). In Kelowna, George and Merrie formed a new business, Filmwest Associates Distribution Ltd., which continues to distribute films.

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The fonds consists of the records of Filmwest Associates (1983) Limited and includes films, and some film elements, produced and distributed by Filmwest Associated including Shooting Stars, a dramatization celebrating the Edmonton Grads women's basketball team (distributed by Filmwest), The Class of 1912, about the renovations of the University of Alberta Arts Building (produced by Filmwest), Frozen Music, about Douglas Cardinal and his architecture (produced by Filmwest); screenplays and story ideas from Tom Wood, Anne Wheeler (Cowboys Don't Cry), Francis Damberger, Harvey L. Spak and D.H. (Don) Scott; a shooting schedule for Cowboys Don't Cry; Filmwest Associates distribution catalogues and movie advertisements; a Western Canada Film and Video Showcase (WCFVA) Study prepared by Filmwest Associates and Karvonen Films; AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association) minutes (copies), correspondence, newsletters and programs; and assorted publications relating to the motion picture industry in Alberta and Canada, including a brief history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

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Includes 0.42 m of textual records, 2 videotapes, 1 audio reel and 1 poster.

Immediate source of acquisition

The Provincial Archives of Alberta purchased records from Filmwest Associated (1983) Limited in 1987 and 1988. George Christoff, of Filmwest Associates (1983) Limited, deposited records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1991.


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  • The material is in English.

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Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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Inventories are not available. Moving Image Synopses are available.

Associated materials

Another copy of The Class of 1912 is available in the Department of Culture and Multiculturalism fonds, GR1982.0066/34. Also see PR1990.0039 for other films produced by Filmwest Associates. Also see the Filmwest Associates collection at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Information for the administrative history is from George Christoff, the <em>Alberta Gazette</em>, from the Filmwest Associates website, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, accessed March 23, 2006 and from the records.<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1987.0418, PR1988.0578, PR1991.0356<br><br>

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