Item F-109-14-2-1-0-42 - Oasis in the Desert

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Oasis in the Desert

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  • 1974 (Creation)

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"A documentary look at storefront fundamentalism on Vancouver’s skid road. Shot in black and white by Ronald Precious, [the film] is a five minute portrait of Melinda Thorne, a black Chicago missionary who ministers to the down and outs in our own city." [Michael Walsh, "Student film mood: Calmness supplants revolution," ca. 1973 article]; "(Filmmaker's first 16mm documentary film, shot in Double-X and Plus-X Negative.) The film deals with the work of one woman, Malinda [sic?] Thorne and her efforts to relieve some of the loneliness and despair experienced by those living in Vancouver's Skidrow." [Spring Arts Festival, March 11-April 8, S.F.U. Film Workshop Productions 1973, program]. Precious (director) continues to work in film: He was also part of primary film crews during Greenpeace's early days (1975-79):

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Previous reference code assigned by SFU Archives: F-232-item512, F-232-item513, F-232-item514, F-232-item515, F-232-item516, F-232-item517.

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Type: Print
Gauge: 16mm
Physical composition: Acetate
Length: 196 feet
Running time: 5:55
Speed: 24fps
Colour characteristics: Black and white
Sound characteristics: Sound
Sound recording technique: Optical
Sound channels: Mono
Digitization – preservation format: mkv
Digitization – access format: mp4
Other notes: Some vertical lines

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  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1270
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1271
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1272
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1273
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1274
  • Film reel: 16mm: OBJ-1275