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Convocation files

Series consists of records relating to the convocation ceremonies held at SFU to award undergraduate, graduate, and honorary degrees. Records include Convocation booklet, programs, invitations, guest lists, books of words (order of proceedings), timetables, correspondence, notes, publications, press releases, news clippings, speeches, and other documents.

Note that files from 1990s onwards contain fewer document types, often only the Convocation booklet and book of words; and from 2006 only the Convocation booklet. The format of the booklet changed little from 1967 to 2005. Since ca. 2006, the booklet has been produced by Communication Services, a unit of Student Services (the Spring 2006 booklet is the first to credit Student Services).

History and organization files

Series consists of 13 files created by Nikki Sones relating to the evolution of the gallery and its programs. Records include correspondence, agendas, minutes, reports, budget summaries, news clippings, interview transcripts and audio cassettes.

Student films

Sub-sub-series consists of 16mm films created by SFU students who participated in the SFU Film Workshop. There are multiple reels associated with each film title that represent the individual production elements (i.e. A Roll, B Roll, Magnetic track, Optic Track and Work Print).

Country Ride

"Beautiful photography, plot lacking." [Films by the S.F.U. Film Workshop, Wednesday, March 29, 1972, program annotation]; "Beautifully photographed fantasy of love and death. The semi-religious symbolism contributes to an impression of mysticism and unreality." [University Archives Film Collection Catalogue, June 1972]

Chief Capilano Greets His Namesake at Dawn

"Empathy of another kind is the subject of [this film]. Based on a poem by Constance Lindsay Skinner, the eight-minute film follows Squamish sacred elder Andrew Natural through the woods and reflects visually his communion with his surroundings." [Michael Walsh, "Student film mood: Calmness supplants revolution," ca. 1973 article]; "(Filmmaker’s first 16mm film, shot in Colour reversal 7252 & 7241.) A cinematic interpretation of a poem by C.L. Skinner on [Indigenous] Chief Capilano with narration spoken in the Squamish language." [Spring Arts Festival, March 11-April 8, S.F.U. Film Workshop Productions 1973, program] Narrator, "Dr. Louis Miranda, born in 1892, was one of the foremost experts on Squamish culture and language. Miranda, a former Squamish chief, began his work with the Dutch ethnographer Aert Kuipers in creating a written language for the Squamish Nation. Miranda would receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from SFU in 1981 for that initiative." [http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/chronology1975.htm] Reference material section of F-232 collection file includes the following description for the film: "A cinematic interpretation of a poem by C.L. Skinner on [Indigenous] Chief Capilano with narration spoken in the Squamish language. " Narrator, Louis Skinner, of the Squamish Nation was one of the foremost experts on Squamish culture and language. He received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from SFU in 1981. (http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/chronology1975.htm)

Oasis in the Desert

"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: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695731/. He was also part of primary film crews during Greenpeace's early days (1975-79): http://rexweyler.com/greenpeace/greenpeace-history/characters/.

After Friday

"Just how much can one man take?" [SFU 74/75 Film Workshop Showcase program]; "I can't quite pinpoint why but this film felt stiff and nervous, part of it was some rather stilted acting from Richard Ouzounian, with lots of long pauses. There was some good photography. The opening scenes of the film were very effective, black and white still shots showing the brother as he is released from prison are interspersed with quick color cuts of the former inmate going into an arcade. There is also a fairly well paced chase scene, as an unknown gunman pursues a janitor via ancient elevators. The movie attempts to show the build up of fears which culminate in the madness and defeat of the inmate's business man brother, but doesn't quite succeed because of the inadequacy of the acting, trite dialogue and awkward scenes." [Handwritten notes (author unknown), 21 May 1975, in arrangement & description section of F-232 collection file]

Blizzard

"Generally I am not too keen on amateur dramas in film this one makes it [sic]. The woman who plays the principle character is an excellent actress who is very sensitive to the entire mood of the film. It is set in mid winter in the interior of B.C. in an old farmhouse in mid winter [sic]. The husband leaves the woman alone for the day though she protests that a blizzard is coming. He says he will stop by a neighbour‚ and ask him to drop by, as he may be late and don't wait for him after six. She spends the day painting the bedroom door and in the evening attempts to bring the cows in despite the severe storm. The neighbour drops by and she makes supper, setting 3 places. The sense of isolation and fear of the storm is evoked through long silent scenes of the woman‚ Äôs face, the empty plate, the drab room. The house is well chosen, old and dark, furnished in early depression. The neighbour seduces the woman. She awakens in the middle of the night to a vision of her husband covered with snow, standing at the doorway. She decides that it must surely be a dream. The next morning we see her racing through the snow to her husband's body which lies at the gate. His bare hand is marked with fresh paint." [Handwritten notes (author unknown), 21 May 1975, in arrangement & description section of F-232 collection file]; "Adapted from the Sinclair Ross story, The Painted Door." [SFU 74/75 Film Workshop Showcase program]

Cowboy

"This was a film portrait of an old guy who lives in Gastown as he goes about his day. He is a street corner fiddler. The beginning shows him just walking the streets, talking to the occasional passerby, and therefore tends to get a bit draggy. The shots of people who pass by him as he fiddles, however, are quite good. There is a lot of variety to the shots, good editing and some good portraits. The end was somewhat disconnected however, after his day fiddling, a very brief shot of him standing at a window drinking a beer." [Handwritten notes (author unknown), 21 May 1975, in arrangement & description section of F-232 collection file]; "Filmic study of 'Cowboy,' a well-known figure of Gastown." [SFU 74/75 Film Workshop Showcase program]

No Entry

"'Bizarre and listless emotional traumas, compounds of jealousy and boredom, worrisome smells, all flourished in the lush atmosphere of anonymous gloom, and no eye contact. What you see is what you can't get, and for which you go rotten. Our hero is one of millions'" [SFU 74/75 Film Workshop Showcase program]. "A 'drama' about a young man who goes to the movies and has a series of erotic fantasies about the young woman selling tickets." [Handwritten notes (author unknown), 21 May 1975, in arrangement & description section of F-232 collection file]

Once Upon A Climb

"A serious discussion of climbing with a contrast of climbing as it used to be with the challenges and possibilities provided by modern equipment. The film uses the vehicle of a morning conversation between two climbers in their tent which is perched on the side of a cliff" [Handwritten notes (author unknown), 21 May 1975, in arrangement & description section of F-232 collection file]

Old Fashioned Style

"(8 minutes) 16mm colour documentary. One job‚ one man, who has been happy for thirty-five years making peanut butter‚ "the best‚ (no additives)!" [1977/78 SFU Film Workshop Productions program]. Only one element (noted as work print, but no splices so likely final). Miscellaneous note: "Woodward Stores Ltd."

All About Sex

"(15 minutes) 16mm colour comdey, educational film. Ah love, (sigh), A wildly funny look at sex education which can sneakily conspire to involve anyone who dares tackle it!" [1977/78 SFU Film Workshop Productions program]

One in a Million

"(12 minutes) 16mm comedy-drama, educational film. One man's addiction to the awesome frustrations of the lottery‚ a mania sweeping Canada in the 70's." [1977/78 SFU Film Workshop Productions program]

Beautiful Day in a Negative World

"Stumbling through the last minutes before a nuclear attack‚ " [Russell Stephens, "Move over, Fassbinder," The Peak, 13 June 1979, p. 6]. "What would you do if you woke up to a hangover and incoming Soviet missiles?" [Program for 1978/79 SFU Student Workshop Films showing, 15 June 1979]

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