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Little Rays of Sunshine

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Douglas Flintoff

Description:

"Fundraising film about Queen Alexandra Solarium for Crippled Children at Mill Bay, near Victoria." (Duffy, Camera West)


Think of Me First as a Person

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Dwight Core

George Ingram

Description:

"“Think of Me First as a Person” is a short documentary about a boy with Down Syndrome. The footage was shot on 16mm in the 1960s by the boy’s father, Dwight Core, Sr. The filmmaker’s grandson, George Ingmire, completed the film forty years later. This film explores perceptions about Down Syndrome from multiple viewpoints: the boy, his sister and the father. The sincere tone and heartwarming narration by the father lends a remarkable poignancy to this film. The story that unfolds within this documentary is sure to shed light on both the struggles and blessings of raising a child with special needs." thinkofmefirstasaperson.com


Children’s Garden Library, The

Date produced: 1945

Filmmaker(s):

Gertrude E. McGill

Arthur R. Cann

Description:

"During the 1940s, Mrs. Gertrude McGill ran the Children's Garden Library in the garden of her home at 1170 Tattersall Drive in Victoria. Open to children aged 4 to 12, this program aimed to improve reading habits and instill citizenship. It is seen as the beginning of cooperative preschools on Vancouver Island.

"Amateur film. Part 1 shows a day's activities at the Children's Garden Library, including games, calisthenics, playground equipment, dancing, and reading and storytelling at the "Book House". Part 2 shows the children participating in May 24 celebrations at Beacon Hill Park, which includes a May Queen pageant, maypole dancing, and activities honouring the "Queen of Health", the "Queen of Music", the "Queen of Drama", the "Queen of Race Friendship" and the "Queen of Art". A mothers' study group, and the toymakers' group, are also shown." (BC Archives)


Josephine’s Dream

Date produced: 1962

Filmmaker(s):

Ramon Galindo

Description:

"This amateur film from Ramon Galindo is titled 'Josephine’s Dream' and uses home movie footage and special effects to tell a story. A girl is reading in her bedroom when she falls asleep and begins dreaming of going to the rodeo, a dream sequence we can see through Galindo’s use of special effects. The film then takes us to a rodeo in Austin in 1962, capturing scenes of bucking broncos, calf roping, lasso tricks, bareback bullriding, rodeo clowns, horse tricks, and, most notably, a performance by actor and singer Michael Landon. Landon sings with a trio of cowboy guitarists, likely performing his 1957 single 'Gimme a Little Kiss (Will 'Ya' Huh)' that was rereleased in 1962 to capitalize on his newfound fame in his role as Little Joe Cartwright on the television series 'Bonanza'." Texas Archive of the Moving Image.


Gift from Aunt Emily

Date produced: 1967

Filmmaker(s):

Charles E. Phillips

Description:

"Film is about a siamese cat statue that Aunt Emily gives to her nephew George who gives it to his brother. Eventually someone gives it to Aunt Emily who gives them a cheque for $1,000" Archives of Ontario.


All-star Team, The

Date produced: 1954

Filmmaker(s):

Leslie P. Thatcher

Description:

"Film was created for the Toronto Star to recruit paper delivery employees. Film shows paper boy delivering the Toronto Star and buying a radio and bicycle with his earnings. Film was produced by Thatcher Film Productions, Toronto, Ontario, Leslie P. Thatcher. It was presented by the Toronto Star" Archives of Ontario.


Gift to Mother

Date produced: 1966

Description:

"A group of children learn in school that tomorrow will be “Woman’s Day”, the equivalent of our “Mother’s Day”, then the humorous story unfolds in a delightful and charming manner of how two small boys decide to celebrate this occasion. An amateur film made by a Russian filmmaker and distributed by the Society of Amateur Cinematographers (SAC). All title cards are in Russian." Chicago Film Archives


Il était une plume

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Lachapelle

Description:

"A film by CBC Montreal video technician Robert Lachapelle about a little boy who steals a classmate's pen, suffers pains of conscience and finally confesses to his teacher" The Ottawa Journal.


Dear Jim

Date produced: 1952

Filmmaker(s):

John R. Kibar

Evelyn Kibar

Description:

"It stars a young boy, named Bill, who writes to his friend Jim, reflecting on their times together the previous summer. Title cards of the boy’s handwritten letter are interspersed with images of their summer highlights, including scenes of fishing, automobile stunts of “Bob King and his Devil Drivers,” and a motorcycle hill climb competition." Chicago Film Archives


Camper and His Canoe, A

Date produced: 1952

Filmmaker(s):

David Palter

Description:

A Camper and His Canoe was filmed at Camp Kawagama, the youth summer camp ran by the filmmaker and his wife.


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