"Young women at Brockton Point, Stanley Park, put on a display of Pro-Rec activities: massed calisthenics, costumed dancing, drill team (brief shots only), more massed calisthenics. The film concludes with a couple of men's tumbling runs." (BC Archives)
One of the regular displays or demonstrations put on in Vancouver by the Provincial Recreation Program ("Pro-Rec"), a community-oriented physical education program administered by the British Columbia Department of Education. Mrs. Hilda Keatley was the Provincial Supervisor for Women. The program operated in many BC cities and towns during the years 1938-1953. (D.J. Duffy)
The filmmaker has not been identified.
"The Tokyo Olympics, 1964 takes us to Tokyo and the Olympic games and provides us with a ringside seat for the numerous events that composed this athletic activity. Bad weather cannot be helped in a work of this kind, but the results in this picture did not suffer because of any inclement weather. For cut-aways we see the Emperor of Japan in his box, the smiling faces of the Orientals in the audience, and even an occasional glimpse of the cold drink hustlers charging 50 yen for a bottle of Coca Cola" PSA Journal, Sept. 1965, 51.
"This film captures (in excellent pre-war Kodachrome) a day in the life of Stanley Park. An early effort at independent documentary production by a group of Vancouver film enthusiasts, including amateur cinematographers Oscar Burritt and Don Lytle. The Coast Films group intended to produce a series of films that could be distributed by the fledgling National Film Board of Canada, but World War II intervened, and this was their sole group effort. Stanley Park was restored in 1987 by the British Columbia Archives." (BC Archives)
"One of these other films, showing a moose hunt, received an honorable mention. Thus Mr. Covert was the only contestant to receive two honors in the contest. His films revealed, besides brilliant photography, an unusual scenic sense. His films were no mere series of disjointed shots. In each case Mr. Cover told a story—and an interesting one" Photoplay, June 1928, 67.
"The principal award of $500 in the 16 millimeter division was awarded to B. V. Covert...for his remarkable study of a quail hunt and a number of beautiful pointers in action. Mr. Covert's photography was superb in this film and in two other contest contributions submitted for the consideration of the judges...His films revealed, besides brilliant photography, an unusual scenic sense. His films were no mere series of disjointed shots. In each case, Mr. Covert told a story—and an interesting one" Photoplay, June 1928, 67.
"This film is dedicated to all lousy golfers who give up the game daily..." Fully narrated film of a round of golf at the [Cape Neddick?] Country Club in Ogunquit, Maine. Foldfilm.org
"A humorous film about group exercises and volleyball at the Turnverein gymnasium, Portland, Oregon. Produced by "Miller Picture Corruption Ink" under the auspices of the Amateur Cinema League, probably as a Christmas present for Miller's friends. Appearing: Members of the Portland Turnverein." Oregon Historical Society
Olympionic is another successful film by Rose and Stuart Dabbs of the Bronx. Naturally it's in color, and it is only 4 minutes long. The film is an excellent example of creativity, experimentation and what have you. It's all put together neatly. Here's your chance to see a film twice, three times and even as many as twenty times all in one screening. The gracefulness of the film is really a work of art. Oh yes, it's about Olympic diving" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 57.
"An excellent coverage of the sports events, of the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, and those in attendance. This presentation of figure and speed skating, ice hockey games, trail skiing and skii jumping with a good view of the spills, and sundry outdoor activities, will be a pleasure to those who enjoy the sports. Truly a fine presentation of the subject" PSA Journal, Oct. 1961, 48.
""We were among twenty teams, all wearing our glamour suits for this event, as we marched up the beach together." Before the parade there were rehearsals with rope carriage, simulated rescue missions, and resuscitations, going through all the motions of practice. Then came the big event when the teams were in competition, each excited with the ambition and hope of winning, the judges noting every point in favor or against. A sporting day at the beach among the contestants and the spectators. "We didn't win but we were there as a team" is a sporting conclusion" PSA Journal, Nov. 1959, 47.
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