Galafilm Inc.

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  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.

Sources: 

Galafilm website http://www.galafilm.com/

 

Accession No.: 
2005.005, 2007.014
Dates of creation: 
1989 2007
Physical description: 

42.3 m of textual records

12,125 photographs
· 5,115 prints (3,655 col., 1,460 b&w)
· 270 contact sheets (188 col., 82 b&w)
· 4,375 negatives (1,960 col., 2,415 b&w)
· 2,365 transparencies/slides (2,232 col., 133 b&w)

2,572 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.)
· 1,027 DAT cassettes (1667 hr., 19 min.)
· 6 D2 cassettes (4 hr., 44 min.)
· 1 DA88 cassettes (2 hr.)
· 8 DA8 (8 hr., 39 min.)
· 1 micro cassette (1 hr.)
· 359 CDs (316 hr., 15 min.)
· 499 audio cassettes (641 hr., 40 min.)

16,150 video records
· 31 reels 1 in. tape (16 hr., 55 min.)
· 596 ¾ in. cassettes (11 hr., 52 min.)
· 2,598 Digital Betacam (1371 hr., 25 min.)
· 121 Betacam (84 hr., 15 min.)
· 3,108 Betacam SP (1782 hr.)
· 9 Betacam SX (4 hr., 30 min.)
· 295 Hi8 (302 hr., 2 min.)
· 676 HDCam (388 hr., 23 min.)
· 8 digital video cassettes (11 hr., 46 min.)
· 1,114 DVCam (1,055 hr., 51 min.)
· 235 DVCam Pro (162 hr., 36 min.)
· 89 DVC Pro HD (60 hr., 2 min.)
· 4 DLT tape (2 hr., 48 min.)
· 348 Mini DV (302 hr., 36 min.)
· 57 video 8 cassettes (90 hr., 3 min.)
· 5,720 VHS (4,410 hr., 57 min.)
· 142 SVHS (152 hr.)
· 944 DVD (1014 hr., 40 min.)
· 20 HDV cassette (20 hr.)
· 32 8mm data cartridges (37 hr., 13 min.)
· 3 4mm data cartridges (3 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)
· 1 Zip Drive (bearing data backup)

10 artifacts

Scope and content: 

This fonds consists of two accessions: 2005.005 and 2007.014.

2005.005
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)

2007.014
This accession is divided into 4 series according to format: ‘Textual’, ‘Audio’, ‘Video’, ‘Photographic Material’.
  The first series, ‘Textual’, includes production information about The Valour and the Horror, The War of 1812, and the other previously donated documentaries. Included in these boxes are more than 300 scripts from various productions and over 70 interview transcripts. Of particular interest are the interviews for Ted Allan and The Valour and the Horror.
  The second series, ‘Audio’, includes cassette recordings of the testimonies of veterans and their descendants who were interviewed for The Great War Experience and Korea: The Forgotten War. This series also includes audio elements from Lost Season, Big Sugar, Chiefs, Classe de Madame Lise, Ecole de danse, Fungus the Bogeyman, In the Crossfire, La rage de l’ange, and Robin Hood.
  The third series, ‘Video’, includes Betacam and other tapes that were used as part of the production and editing process. Programs represented here include: 15/Love, Big Sugar, Blue Butterfly, Chiefs, Doctor*ology, Ecole de Danse, Fungus the Bogeyman, The Great War Experience, The Hunt for Justice, In the Crossfire, Juggling Dreams, Korea: The Unfinished War, Lost Season, Marche Jean Talon, Terrain de camping, La rage de l’ange, Robin Hood, Steel Toes, and To Kill or Cure.
  The fourth series, ‘Photographic Material’, includes contact sheets, prints, negatives, transparencies and/or slides from such productions as Icebreaker to the North Pole, The Last Train, Voyage of the St. Louis, The War of 1812, Allo la terre, Niagara, Two Thousand and None, The Valour and the Horror, To Kill or Cure, Ted Allan, Castro’s Gold, The Hanging Garden, Climate for Murder, and America 500.

This fonds includes graphic and textual 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)
  • Climate for Murder (Television, ca.1995)
  • Icebreaker to the North Pole (Television, 1995)
  • Voyage of StLouis (Television, 1995)
  • War at Sea (Television, 1995)
  • Merchandising Murder (Television, 1995)
  • Web of War (Television, 1995)
  • Allo la terre (Television, 1996)
  • Lilies (Film, 1996)
  • At Your Service (Television, 1997)
  • Body: The Inside Stories (Television, 1997)
  • The Hanging Garden (Film, 1997)
  • Ladies of the 9 th Floor (Film, 1998)
  • Worst Witch (Television, 1998)
  • Tale of Teeka (Television, 1998)
  • Viking Saga (Television, 1998)
  • After Darwin (Television, 1999)
  • War of 1812 (Television, 1999)
  • Castro’s Gold (Film, 1999)
  • Road Stories for the Flesh Eating Future (Television, 1999)
  • 2000 and None (Television, 2000)
  • Fire and Ice (Television, 2000)
  • Niagara Falls (Television, 2000)
  • Polar Bear Safari (Television, 2000)
  • Ted Allan: Minstrel Boy of the 20 th Century (Television, 2001)
  • Weirdsister College (Television, 2001)
  • Wild for Weather (Television, 2001)
  • When Two Won’t Do (Television, 2002)

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

  • Bliss (Television, 2001-2003)
  • To Kill or Cure (Television, 2002)
  • Juggling Dreams (Television, 2002)
  • Ecole de danse (Television, 2002)
  • Agent of Influence (Television, 2003)
  • Chiefs (Television, 2003)
  • Fungus the Bogeyman (Television, 2004)
  • Robin Hood: The First Outlaw Hero (Television, 2004)
  • The Lost Season (Television, 2004)
  • The Blue Butterfly (Film, 2004)
  • 15 Love (Television, 2004)
  • Race to Mars (Television, 2005)
  • Big Sugar (Television, 2005)
  • Hunt for Justice (Television, 2005)
  • La class de Madame Lise (Television, 2005)
  • Terrain de camping (Television, ca.2006)
  • La rage de l’ange (Film, 2006)
  • Steel Toes (Film, 2006)
  • Doctor*ology (Television, 2007)
  • The Great War (Television, 2007)
  • The Great War Experience (Television, 2007)
  • Mars Rising (Television, 2007)
  • St. Urbain’s Horseman (Television, 2007)
Rights and access: 

A) There is no access restriction.
B) Material is subject to copyright restrictions; please consult an archivist.

Language: 
English / French