Fonds F0195 - John Kastner fonds

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John Kastner fonds

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F0195

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  • 1968-2014 (Creation)

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9.07 m of textual records
790 videocassettes
166 digital video discs
74 compact discs
159 professional discs
26 audio cassettes
11 audio reels
968 photographs
472 photographs : col. negatives
253 photographs : col. slides
7 computer disks
1 external hard drive

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Biographical history

John Kastner is a documentary filmmaker, producer, writer, actor and director. Born in Toronto, Canada, he began his career as a professional child actor and appeared in many TV and radio programs, including the CBC drama "The Offshore Island". He also produced, directed and wrote for a variety of television programs, including game shows ("Photo Finish"), variety shows ("Street Comedy", "Ask a Silly Question" and "90 Minutes Live") and a children's comedy ("Just Kidding"). Kastner is best known as an award-winning writer, producer and director of television documentaries for the CBC and CTV. These documentary projects predominantly pertain to prisoners, Canada's prison and parole systems as well as the personal struggles of those with life-threatening illnesses. Kastner's documentaries include "Prison Mother/Prison Daughter" (1986), "Romance with a Rapist" (1997), "Hunting Bobby Oatway" (1997), "House of Secrets" (1997), "Rage Against the Darkness" (2004), "Monster in the Family" (2006), "Monster in the Family: The Struggle Continues" (2007), "Life With Murder" (2010), "NCR: Not Criminally Responsible" (2013), and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" (2014). He received Emmy Awards for three feature-length documentaries, "Four Women" (1978), "Fighting Back" (1982) and "The Lifer and the Lady" (1986). Kastner has also written, produced and directed a number of comic documentaries, including "Ask a Silly Question" (1998), "Somebody's Gotta Do It" (1999), "Chickens are People Too" (2000), and "Sinner in Paradise" (2007).

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The fonds documents John Kastner's career as a filmmaker and producer. Records in this fonds consist of publicity files, which include biographical information, clippings, flyers and other promotional materials related to his productions; administrative and production files, which include correspondence, budgets, proposals, notes, transcripts and scripts; research materials, which include prison records, articles, books, court transcripts, newspaper clippings and news footage; and audiovisual materials, including video cassettes, DVDs, photographs, and audio recordings. These records pertain to the following programs: "Street Comedy", "Ask a Silly Question", "Somebody's Gotta Do It", "Chickens are People Too", "Rage Against the Darkness", "Romance with a Rapist", "Hunting Bobby Oatway", "House of Secrets", "Monster in the Family", "Monster in the Family: The Struggle Continues", "Sinner in Paradise", "Life with Murder", "NCR: Not Criminally Responsible", and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind".

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Donated by John Kastner in 1999, 2001, 2009 and 2014.

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Access to the records in this fonds is permitted only through a research agreement.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1999-076, 2001-023, 2009-017 and 2014-024. Further accruals may be expected.

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2002/04/04 Jizi Chen:. (Creation)
2002/04/04 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/04/15 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals. Removed note re: supplied title.
2010/11/02 Jennifer Grant. Added information to dates, extent, bio sketch, scope and content pertaining to third accession, 2009-017. Changed provenance access point (date of birth). Jennifer Grant. Updated access restriction field.
2010/11/02 Jennifer Grant. Adjusted formatting of "Other notes" section.

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