Item F-109-14-2-1-0-34 - Ivory Founts

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Ivory Founts

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  • 1973 (Creation)

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"An 18-minute parody on the business of making movies in Canada. Actually a film-within-a-film, it represents itself as a documentary in the making of Oblivion, an awful film that has met with surprising critical success. Oblivion, shot in color, is unreeled as part of the surrounding documentary, shot in black and white but printed on color stock to give it a hint of tint. The film is actually a Workshop group project and in it the group‚Äôs own fascination with film, its possibilities and its paradoxes get a thorough, if light-hearted going-over." [Michael Walsh, "Student film mood: Calmness supplants revolution," Province?, ca. 1973]; "Aikenhead is an alumnus of the Ontario Arts Council‚Äôs film apprentice program who is now studying at Simon Fraser University. Ivory Founts was a funnier and more sophisticated filmmaker-making-a-film film than any other I have seen. This type of approach seems mandatory at student film festivals. I was uncomfortable that he won top prize, but his film worked. He put into it just about every clich?©d image of the filmmaker imaginable. It was a fun film." [Kirwan Cox, "Opinion: The Canadian Film Festival," Cinema Canada, October/January 1973/74, no. 10-11, pp. 76-77.]; "(This film was produced as a Group Project for 16mm Workshop, shot in Eastman Colour Negative 7254, 4-X Negative, Double-X Neg, and printed on colour print stock.) The Filmmaker‚Äôs notes for this film:
"Sometimes, above the gross and palpable things
Of this diurnal sphere, his spirit flies
On awful wing; and with its destined skies
Holds premature and mystic communings:
Till such unearthly intercourses shed
A visible halo round his mortal head". - Keats" [Spring Arts Festival, March 11-April 8, S.F.U. Film Workshop Productions 1973, program] Won the Norman McLaren prize (for best film of the festival) at the 5th Canadian Student Film Festival, Montreal, 1973. [Cox article]; Participated in the International Student Film Festival – "Cinestud ‘73" in Amsterdam, Netherlands." [SFU News Release, 25 March 1974]. Director Aikenhead continues to work in the film industry:

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Previous reference code assigned by SFU Archives: F-232-item397, F-232-item398, F-232-item399, F-232-item400, F-232-item401.

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Type: Reversal print
Gauge: 16mm
Physical composition: Acetate
Length: 690 feet
Running time: 19:45
Speed: 24fps
Colour characteristics: Colour
Sound characteristics: Sound
Sound recording technique: Optical
Sound channels: Mono
Digitization – preservation format: mkv
Digitization – access format: mp4
Other notes: Slight vinegar smell
Other notes: Many vertical lines
Other notes: Red dye fade

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  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1230
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1231
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1232
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1233
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1234