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An Idea of Canada

Series consists of original film and audio footage, including masters and news clippings of the 90 minute documentary directed by Kevin McMahon “An Idea of Canada”. The documentary follows Governor General Adrienne Clarkson across the country during her summer 2002 tour. Officially a trip to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of her position, what Clarkson discovers during her visit to a string of tiny aboriginal outposts in the north is a post-modern Canada struggling to integrate cultural tradition with the wired world. A coproduction between Rhombus Media and the National Film Board.

Andrea Bocelli : Under Tuscan Skies

Series consists of script notes, song and musical scores, production notes as well as original film and sound elements for the Larry Weinstein directed 60 minute special “Andrea Bocelli – Tuscan Skies”, featuring old and new songs based on the Italian tenor’s own memories of his home province on Tuscany. Released in 2001.

Aselin Debison: Sweet Is The Melody

Series consists of a production binder, original film footage, promotional documents and production masters of 52 minute televised concert performance by Aselin Debison, a young singer from Cape Breton. The project was also known in the early stages as “Glace Bay Girl”. With a Nova Scotian harbour as background, the concert, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, was broadcast in 2002, and co-produced by Rhombus and Topsail Entertainment Productions.

Beethoven’s Hair

Series consists of scripts, interview transcripts, research material and correspondence, as well as original film elements of the 2005 documentary “Beethoven’s Hair”. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the 84 minute film traces the journey of a lock of hair cut from Beethoven’s corpse and efforts of two enthusiasts Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara to reveal medical evidence to explain the composer’s tortured life and death. Set to score of some of Beethoven’s best compositions, the film explores forensic testing, 19th Century Vienna and 20th century Nazi Germany. Based on Russel Martin’s best selling book, “Beethoven’s Hair” was co-produced by Rhombus and Dor Films and includes archival footage of Nazi-era Germany and Denmark.

Burnt Toast

Series consists of scripts, casting notes, production materials, film and audio elements, posters and production stills of the 2005 comedic production “Burnt Toast”, directed by Larry Weinstein. The 52 minute production features eight operatic vignettes depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship set in contemporary settings. Developing out of an earlier short film “Toothpaste”, “Burnt Toast” is co-produced by Rhombus and marblemedia, featuring original music and libretti and performances by Mark McKenney, Sean Cullen, Peter Wellington, Dan Redican, Jessica Holmes, Scott Thompson, Leah Pinsent, Colm Feore, Paul Gross, Colin Mochrie, Cathy Jones, and Debra McGrath.

Childstar

Series consists of production notes, post-production ADR reports, production stills, posters, a ‘making-of’ featurette and original film elements of the 2004 feature film “Childstar”. Written and directed by Don McKellar, the film centers on sitcom icon Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall), the world’s most famous child actor who disappears while filming in Canada. Don McKellar stars as Rick, the boy’s driver and Jennifer Jason Leigh as ruthless stage mother.

Clean

Series consists of two scripts and one oversize European poster of the 2004 feature film “Clean” written and directed by Olivier Assayas
The film follows the efforts of Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung) to rebuild her fractured life after the death by overdose of her washed-up rock star lover Lee Hauser (James Johnston), and her imprisonment on charges of drug possession. She returns to Vancouver where her son Jay lives with Lee’s parents Albrecht (Nick Nolte) and Rosemary (Martha Henry).

Crossing Bridges

Series consists of production notes, correspondence, production stills, candid photographs on location and original film elements of the documentary “Crossing Bridges”. When Israeli-born Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra embarked on a concert tour of the Middle East, it was to be a triumphant homecoming for Zukerman, as well as his first-ever performance in an Arab country. Instead the latest out break of Middle East violence resulted in the cancellation of several planned activities including a concert in Jordan and master classes in the Palestinian town of Ramallah. Mozart’s 41st Symphony, commonly known as The Jupiter, provides the musical backbone for this provocative and emotional documentary. The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s spectacular Tel Aviv performance of the piece, serves as a counterpoint to the escalating chaos in the region. Co-produced by Rhombus, the CBC, and Bravo Canada.

Dido and Aeneas

Series consists of six stage designs for the 1995 critically acclaimed and provocative dance production by Mark Morris of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera Dido and Aeneas. Dido, the noble Queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan Prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil Sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall.
Romance leads to heartbreak and tragedy. Dido & Aeneas stars Mark Morris himself as Dido and the Sorceress, while supporting roles are performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group. Tafelmusik, (the award winning Toronto based Baroque orchestra) provides the accompaniment to a superb cast of vocal soloists including the great mezzo Jennifer Lane. The production was well received in the international film festival junket and received several awards.

Don Giovanni Unmasked (aka Leporello)

Series consists of production notes, promotional material, production stills and original film and audio elements of the 2000 production reinterpretation of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 55 minute production presents the opera from the perspective of Don Giovanni’s servant Leporello, employing a ‘film within a film’ framework to reveal his master’s true identity. Starring the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the production reveals the dark side of the opera with a provocative ending. Co-produced by Rhombus, CBC, Bravo Canada, Channel 4 Television and Thirteen/WNET.

Elizabeth Rex

Series consists of scripts, lighting design notes, production binders, set and costume designs, production stills, props and original film and audio elements for the 2002 adaptation of Timothy Findley’s award-winning play “Elizabeth Rex”. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 90 minute production creates a fictional encounter between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I on a historic night in 1601. Seeking distraction from the imprisonment of her political foe and former lover the Earl of Essex, the queen summons Shakespeare and his troupe of actors to perform a play. Co-produced by Rhombus, the CBC, and Bravo! Canada.

Firebird

Series consists of a production binder, production stills, original film elements (including one fine cut and a behind-the-scenes featurette) of Barbara Willis Sweete directed adaptation of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”. Adapted from James Kudelka’s classical ballet, the 51 minute television special features visual affects complimenting the performances of the top dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, including Rex Harrington, Rebekah Rimsay, Greta Hodkinson, Aleksander Antonuevic, Victoria Bertram, Lorna Geddes and Ryan Boone. Co- produced by Rhombus, the CBC and others.

Five Days in September (aka See The Music)

Series consists of interview transcripts, musician schedules, original film and audio elements for the ‘reality-style’ documentary exposing the inner workings of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the institution’s efforts in 2004 to launch a new season under a new Maestro, Peter Oundjiian. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 72 minute documentary features candid footage of celebrity soloists such as YoYo Ma, Emanuel Ax and Renee Fleming as they rehearse, prepare and interact with fans during the week leading up to the premier performance with the orchestra. Produced by Rhombus Media.

Foreign Objects

Series consists of scripts for all six episodes, production notes, media clippings, production stills and original film and audio elements as well as stock footage relating to “Foreign Objects”, a miniseries broadcast on CBC, based on Ken Finkleman’s popular series “The Newsroom”. Finkelman reprises the role of George, a documentary filmmaker, who is forced to confront issues of evil, greed and the human condition (despite his preference for less complex commercially lucrative projects) in a series of six 30 minute episodes which aired on CBC in 2001. Particular material focuses on civil war in Kosovo, Western culture’s fixation on media and… Includes stock footage from CBC, the National Archives and other sources. Co-produced by Rhombus, Showcase Television and the CBC.

Four Seasons

Series consists of production binders, musical scores, production stills and original film and audio elements (including a colour-corrected master) of the 2000 performance piece “The Four Seasons” directed by Barbara Willis Sweete. The 56 minute ballet, set to Vivaldi’s score and choreographed by James Kudelka, featured performances by the principal dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, including Rex Harrington.

Glenn Gould Hereafter / Glenn Gould : Au delà du temps

A retrospective of the life and work of Glenn Gould, the film draws heavily on archival material from various sources, some previously unreleased. Made as if narrated by Gould himself. Directed by Bruno Monsaingeon and 106 minutes long, the documentary was co-produced by Rhombus and Idéale Audience.

Last Night

Series consists of scripts, production notes, media reviews, production stills and movie posters for the 1998 feature film “Last Night”. Written and directed by Don McKellar, the film follows a cast of characters as they struggle through the petty details and minor complications of the final few hours of existence, trying to arrange the perfect end. Features performances by McKellar himself, David Cronenberg, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, Tracey Wright and Sarah Polley. Co-produced by Rhombus, CBC, La Sept Arte and Haut et Court.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Series consists of photographic stills and six large-scale mounted photographs used for the promotion of the 1996 televised production of Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (part of the television series ‘Great Performances’). Directed by David Wellington, the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic unfolds over the course of a day while the Tyrone family confronts their haunting secrets. James Tyrone, the master of the house is played by William Hutt, while Edmund, the consumptive son is played by Tom McCamus. Morphine-addicted mother Mary is played by Martha Henry while Jamie, the elder alcoholic son is played by Peter Donaldson. Martha Burns appears as Cathleen. Coproduced by Rhombus, CBC and Bravo! Television.

Marcelo Alvarez : In Search of Gardel

Series consists of translations, production notes, research materials and original film and audio elements of the Niv Fichman-directed musical documentary special featuring Marcelo Alvarez, an Argentine accountant, whose meteoric rise to the stage after winning a song contest. In “Marcelo Alvarez : In Search of Gardel”, Alvarez returns to Argentina to perform and record the tango music of legendary crooner, Carlos Gardel. Includes some archival footage. Co-produced by Rhombus, Sony Classical, La Sept Arte and NHK. The film won an award at the International Film and Video Award.

Mozartballs

Series consists of scripts, interview scripts, research material and original film and audio elements of a “light-hearted tribute” to Mozart. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the project was also known during production as “Mozart Balls” and “Mozart Lives!”. The documentary interviews eccentric and unique individuals, including a retired Swiss school teacher, an ex-pop musician in Oklahoma who believes her body is inhabited by Mozart’s spirit, an Austrian astronaut who carried a score of “The Magic Flute” and a chocolate Mozartkugein into space
and a computer genius whose software has created a new Mozart cello concerto. Produced by Rhombus Media.

Opus

Series consists of 19 reels of 16mm film, including sets of A/B rolls, optical negative soundtracks and interpositive films for the first production of Rhombus. Directed by Barbara Willis-Sweete, Opus traces the development and performance of a piece of environmental music by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The film received a certificate of merit from the Chicago International Film Festival.

Perfect Pie

Series consists of scripts, production binders, correspondence, production stills and all the major film elements of the feature film, including original footage, release prints (one for the India Film Festival), interpositives, optical sound tracks and trims. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the film covers the course of a weekend’s reunion between two estranged ‘best friends’ : a bright and popular beauty who married her high school sweetheart and became a farm wife and a sensitive ugly-duckling who fled her alcoholic mother and recreated herself to become an opera diva. Together they decipher the fragmented memories of a horrifying event that separated them as children and kept them apart. Co-produced by Rhombus and Odeon Films.

Ravel’s Brain

Series consists of research notes, photographs, correspondence, production notes, film and audio elements of the documentary “Ravel’s Brain”. Written and directed by Larry Weinstein, “Ravel’s Brain” is described as a “musical/visual tone poem” exploring the final five years of composer Maurice Ravel (1875- 1937), who due to the degenerative brain conditions of aphasia and apraxia, was
able to produce music but not write it down or perform it. The project was initiated in early 1998 by Weinstein but was not completed until 2000, due to resistance from the Ravel estate.

Featuring the performances of the WDR (Sinfonieorchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks) Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir of Cologne, the film features interviews with Ravel’s colleagues, archival footage of his home in Montfort- l’Amaruy and his birthplace of Basque Ciboure. The bulk of the work was filmed on location in Marrakesh, a source of inspiration to Ravel.

The documentary featured staged dramatic scenes in which Thierry Costa played Maurice Ravel, Richard Cowan as Dr. Clovis Vincent and Jacques Dewitt as
Léon Leyritz. Some elements of the film may be reused from an earlier Rhombus production “Ravel”.

The project received three Gemini awards in 2002, best picture editing in a comedy, variety or performing arts program (for David New) and best sound in the same category (for Lou Solakofski, Peter Cook, Goro Koyama, David McCallum, and Jane Tattersall) and best production design (for Ambre Fernandez). It also received awards for best direction at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival and other international documentary film festivals.

Red Violin

Series consists of scripts, multilingual translations, media coverage reports, photographs and the central prop for “The Red Violin”, arguably, Rhombus’ most ambitious and successful production to date. Written by Don McKellar and directed by Francois Girard, The Red Violin features scenes in French, English, Mandarin, Italian and German, requiring significant translation and subtitling.
Filmed on location in Chicheley Hall and Oxford in England, China, Cremona, Italy, Vienna, Austria and Montreal, the film traces the life and travels of the famous ‘red violin’, from its creation in 17th century Italy by the master Nicolo Bussotti (Carlo Cecchi), through it’s exodus from an 18th century Austrian monastery to 19th century Oxford, Cultural Revolution-era China to a Montreal auction house, where an appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson) and conservator (Don McKellar) try to establish its authenticity and provenance.
The film features actors Jean-Luc Bideau, Jason Flemyng, Sylvia Chang, Julian Richings and Colm Feore. Violin solos used in the musical score were performed by Joshua Bell.

The Red Violin received significant critical acclaim. The film swept the 1999 Genie Awards, picking up trophies for art direction (Francois Séguin), cinematography (Alain Dostie), costume design (Renée April), musical score, sound (Claude La Haye, Jocelyn Caron, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Hans Peter Strobl), best screenplay (Don McKellar and Francois Girard), direction (Froncois Girard) and best motion picture. For the Jutra Awards of 1999, the film also took awards in the areas of art direction, best cinematography, editing (Gaétan Huot), best supporting actor (Colm Feore) score, sound, screenplay, direction, and best film.

It also won the 2000 Oscar for best original musical score (John Corigliano).

Saddest Music in the World

Series consists of scripts, correspondence, production notes, original film and audio elements, promotional material and props from the 2003 film “The Saddest Music in the World”. Directed by Guy Maddin, The Saddest Music in the World was co-written by Guy Maddin and George Toles based on the original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Maddin adapted the screenplay to suit his early twentieth century film aesthetic of grainy black and white photography and slightly out-of-sync sound. The film features a number of film formats and techniques, with black and white 16 and 8mm original film negatives and some colour film imitating early Technicolor.

Described by some critics as a ‘sort-of’ musical, the film is set in Depression-era Winnipeg, with beer baroness, Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini) hosting a competition to determine the saddest music in the world (in hopes of increasing her profits). With the tagline “If you’re sad, and like beer, I’m your lady”, the film centers on the men of the Kent family who confront the secrets of their past while locked in the competition for the prize of $25,000.Younger brother Chester (Mark McKinney), the cynical and failed Broadway producer, is ready to mesmerize his former lover with American bravado, assisted by his nymphomaniac amnesic muse, Narcissa (Maria de Medeiros). Older brother Roderick (Ross McMillan), a cellist returning from post-war Serbia, is inconsolable over the disappearance of his beloved wife. Their despairing but patriotic father Fyodor (David Fox) is tormented with guilt over the accidental amputation of the legs of his one true love, Lady Port-Huntly.

Co-produced by Rhombus and Buffalo Gal Pictures, the film won the Directors Guild of Canada’s outstanding achievement in production design (Mathew Davies) and the Genies for costume design (Meg McMillan), editing (David Wharnsby) and original musical score (Christopher Dedrick) in 2004. Guy Maddin also received the Film Discovery Jury Award for best director from the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival the same year. Maddin and and Toles received the Chlotrudis Award for best adapted screenplay in 2005.

Silk

Series consists of scripts and one digital betacam tape relating to François Girard’s adaptation “Silk”. Based on the novel by Alessandro’s Baricco’s novel, Silk follows to struggles of Herve Joncour (Michael Pitt) a nineteenth century French silkworm smuggler, who is caught between his wife Helene (Keira Knightely) and the Japanese concubine (Sei Ashina) he encounters while traveling in Japan. Also stars Koji Yakusho. Co-produced by Rhombus, Fandango, and Bee Vine Pictures.

Slings and Arrows

Series consists of scripts, production documentation, props, set designs, promotional material and original film and audio elements (including episode masters, original film and dialogue overdubs) of the Rhombus-produced television series “Slings & Arrows”. Early drafts of scripts by Susan Coyen, Bob Martin and Mark Mckinney refer to the project as “St. Ratford” and “Shakespeareville”. Other writing credits are attributed to Tecca Crosby and Sean Reycraft for Season 3 of the production.
Directed by Peter Wellington, the plot revolved around “legendary theatrical madman” Geoffrey Tennant (Paul Gross) who returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival (a thinly veiled Stratford Festival) to assume the Artistic Directorship after the sudden death of his mentor Oliver Welles (Stephen Ouimette). Geoffrey is haunted by Oliver throughout all three seasons of Slings & Arrows in which he stages and directs Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear. Also starring Martha Burns as Geoffrey’s former flame/problematic lead actress Ellen Fanshaw and Mark McKinney as the festival’s scheming General Manager Richard Smith-Jones. Also stars Geraint Wyn Davies, William Hutt, Colm Feore, Sarah Polley, Rachel McAdams, Luke Kirby, Sean Cullen and Don McKellar.
Each season featured a musical number sung written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison by actors Michael Polley and Graham Harley.
Slings & Arrows was broadcast in Canada on Movie Central and The Movie Network channels in 2003, 2005 and 2006. It was later broadcast on the Sundance Channel in the United States.
The production received Gemini Awards for the best dramatic series and best writing in a dramatic series in 2006 and 2007, best direction in a dramatic series for Peter Wellington in 2006, and acting awards for Paul Gross (2004 and 2007), Martha Burns (2006), Susan Coyne (2006), Rachel McAdams (2004), Mark McKinney (2006) and Stephen Ouimette (2007). The series also received awards from the Writers Guild of Canada Awarded for best drama series in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and awards from the Directors Guild of Canada for picture editing (2006 and 2007), sound editing (2004) and outstanding television series drama (2006).

Snow Cake

Series consists of scripts, posters and audiovisual material of Toronto casting interviews, a promotional kit and a Turkish dub of the film “Snowcake”. Directed by Marc Evans, “Snow Cake” is a story of love and the unorthodox friendship that develops between an autistic woman Linda (Sigourney Weaver) and Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman) who is responsible for the death of her daughter. Also stars Carrie Ann Moss. Co-Produced by Rhombus and Revolution Films.

Stormy Weather : The Music of Harold Arlen

Series consists of production notes, narration scripts, correspondence, production stills and original film and audio elements for the 2002 performance special “Stormy Weather : The Music of Harold Arlen”. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the 78 minute long celebration of the American popular composer
Harold Arlen (1905-1986) features highly stylized performances of songs such as “Stormy Weather”; “Over the Rainbow”‚ “Paper Moon”‚ and “Get Happy” by the likes of Debbie Harry, Sandra Bernhard, David Johansen, Hawksley Workman and Rufus Wainwright. Interwoven throughout the program is a dramatic treatment of Arlen’s life (Paul Soles playing the role), filled with public success and great personal sadness. Co-produced by Rhombus, BBC, SBS-TV Australia, and others. Material includes numerous contact sheets of each performance set, with artist approvals, as well as original 24 track masters of each performance.

Tectonic Plates

Series consists of four posters for the 1992 film “Tectonic Plates”. The 104 minute staged performance uses continental drift as a metaphor for the evolution of human culture. Staged in actual location in Venice and a sparse stage and pool, Tectonic Plates was critically acclaimed for its dreamlike imager, theatrical staging and philosophical intent. The production received the Christopher Columbus Award for most original and creative submission, and the most innovative award at the Figueira da Foz International Film Festival in Portugal.

The Lanza Sessions

Series consists of original film elements of “The Lanza Sessions”, a 2000 celebration of the work of popular operatic singer Mario Lanza. Directed by David Mortin, the 55 minute television special features archival footage, interviews with contemporaries and performances by Richard Margison, (as the voice of Lanza), soprano Cassandra Riddle, and Tom Burlinson (portraying Lanza’s friend Frank Sinatra). Co-produced by Rhombus, Lanza Music Ltd. And Chairman Robert Girdwood.

Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Series consists of 5 posters for the critically-acclaimed 1993 experimental film “Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”. Running 98 minutes, the film directed by Francois Girard and co-written by Girard and Don McKellar was well- received in Canada and abroad.

Toothpaste : A Domestic Opera

Series consists of a libretto script by Dan Redican for the Larry Weinstein- directed 6 minute short film, “Toothpaste”, a ‘domestic opera’ about the marital difficulties between a couple centered on crusty toothpaste. Starring Mark McKinney and soprano Barbara Hannigan, the music was composed by Alexina Louie, and the production was produced by Rhombus in association with maplemedia.

Yo-Yo Ma : Inspired by Bach

Series consists of 2 film reels, photographic material and supporting correspondence and documentation for the series of six short films conceived by cellist YoYo Ma. The episodes, directed by Atom Egoyan Niv Fichman François Girard, Kevin McMahon, Patricia Rozema and Barbara Willis Sweete, feature Yo-Yo Ma performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied cello in collaboration with artists (including Julie Moir Messervy, Piranesi, Mark Morris, Tamasaburo Bando, and professional ice skaters Torvill and Dean) and through the filter of gardening, architecture, dance, kabuki and ice skating. The project was critically acclaimed, receiving the Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Television Competition, and a special festival award from the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. The projects were broadcast on Canadian television as a miniseries in 1997.