Fonds F0465 - Bruce Pittman fonds

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Bruce Pittman fonds

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3.61 m of textual records
61 digital video disks
3 compact disks
16 audio cassettes
255 videocassettes
2 audio reels
19 posters
ca. 1,350 photographs
541 photographs: col. negatives ; 35 mm
1 map

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Bruce Pittman, film director, producer and writer, was born in Toronto, Ontario on 4 February 1950. His career in the film industry started with the advertising and publicity department of Famous Players Ltd., followed by a period at Communikon, the film market research division of Paramount Pictures. In 1971, he edited and produced "Frankenheimer," a documentary about film director John Frankenheimer, with whom he apprenticed. In 1972, Pittman reopened the Revue Cinema in Toronto as a repertory theatre. Pittman was the co-creator and first producer of the long-running TV Ontario television series "Saturday Night at the Movies." His work includes comedy, drama, action, science fiction and adventure in a variety of genres including short film, television series, movies of the week and feature films. Some of his titles include "Captive Heart," "To Dance for Olivia," "Harrison Bergeron," "Shattered City : The Halifax Explosion," and "Where the Spirit Lives." Pittman's film and television work has been recognized with dozens of national and international awards including several Best Short Film awards from the Canadian Film and Television Association, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Subject for "The Painted Door."

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Fonds consists of records of Pittman's work in film and television and includes scripts, storyboards, correspondence, financial records, publicity material, shooting schedules, edit sheets, research material, grant applications and other related material. It includes photographs taken during the production of a number of his films and audio-visual records in various formats that document the various stages in the making of film and television productions with which Pittman was involved. There is considerable material relating in particular to "Shattered City." The fonds also includes a series of audio recordings of interviews conducted by Pittman for "Saturday Night at the Movies" with film directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Altman, and Norman McLaren, among others.

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Donated by Bruce Pittman.


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Some files in 2017-049 are restricted until 2100. Some material is located off-site and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives.

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Records for film projects involving Bruce Pittman can also be found in the Mary Young Leckie fonds, F0220, and the Keith Ross Leckie fonds, F0188.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2004-033, 2006-054, 2009-023, 2012-013, 2017-049, 2018-024. Further accruals are expected.

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Some material is located off-site and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives.

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2004/10/22 Sean Smith:. (Creation)
2004/10/22 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2005/06/09 Dubeau. Added URL for online finding aid, related records note. Updated restrictions on access note - there are none. Bio sketch and scope and content revised.
2010/04/02 Michael Moir. Add data regarding 2009-023
2010/04/02 Michael Moir. Added information re 2006-054
2013/02/19 Dubeau. Corrected typographical errors.
2013/02/19 Dubeau. TO DO: integrate 2012-013 into this finding aid. Only the link to the file is here.
2013/02/19 Dubeau. correcting errors.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM
2019/08/09 J. Grant. Post-migration metadata clean up. Addition of accession 2018-024.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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