Fonds F0118 - Rhombus Media fonds

Accession 1999-031 Accession 1995-034

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Rhombus Media fonds

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  • Moving images
  • Graphic material
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  • Sound recording
  • Architectural drawing

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615 m of film reels, videocassettes and film elements
8.94 m of textual records

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Rhombus Media Inc. was formed in 1978 at the York University Film Department, when Barbara Willis Sweete and Niv Fichman created, Opus One, Number One, a documentary short that established the company's musical direction. Larry Weinstein joined soon after, and the trio have since produced and directed numerous television programs, and they are known as one of Canada's leading independent producer of television programs on the performing arts. Rhombus Media has received nominations for many international awards and has won two International Emmys, for 'Le Dortoir' in 1991, and for 'Pictures on the Edge' in 1992, and several Canadian Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture in 1993 for 'Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould' and for 'The Red Violin' in 1999. 'The Red VIolin' also garnered an Oscar for best musical score in 2000. Rhombus also produced the award-winning television series 'Slings & Arrows'. In recent years Rhombus projects have been internationally co-produced with many of the major European television networks.

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Fonds consists of film and video footage (original and master elements), as well as sound tracks and audio elements, for over 50 films and television series produced by Rhombus Media Inc. including the finished products. Also includes textual, photographic, graphic and prop materials relevant to the film production process and the wider context of the company's activities.

Holdings include documentary materials and film elements from the following productions:

32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
5 Days in September aka See The Music (2005)
All That Bach (1985)
An Idea of Canada (2003)
Andrea Bocelli : Under Tuscan Skies (2001)
Beethoven’s Hair (2005)
Blue Snake (1986)
Burnt Toast (2005)
Childstar (2004)
Clean (2004)
Crossing Bridges (2001)
Elizabeth Rex (2004)
Eternal Earth (1987)
Falla: Master Peter's Puppets
Falla: Nights in the Garden
Falla:When the Fire Burns (1991)
Fanfares (1994)
Firebird (2003)
For the Whales (1989)
Foreign Objects (2000)
Four Seasons (2000)
Glenn Gould Hereafter / Glenn Gould : Au delà du temps (2006)
John Wyre: Drawing on Sound (1991)
Last Night (1998)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1995)
Making Overtures (1984)
Mozartballs (2006)
Music for Wilderness Lake (1980)
My War Years: Arnold Schoenberg (1992)
Perfect Pie (2002)
Radical Romantic : John Weinzweig (1990)
Ravel (1987)
Ravel’s Brain (2001)
Rodrigo at 90 (Concierto de Aranjuez) (1993)
Silk (2007)
Slings and Arrows : Season I, II, III (2001-2006)
Snow Cake (2006)
Stormy Weather : The Music of Harold Arlen (2002)
Tectonic Plates (1992)
Tectonic Plates (1992)
The Lanza Sessions (2001)
The Red Violin (1998)
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
Toothpaste (2002)
Top of His Head (1989)
World Drums (1987)
YoYo Ma : Inspired by Bach (1997)

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 1995-034, 1999-031, 2001-036, 2008-056. Further accruals are expected.

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York University Sound and Moving Image Library has screening copies of most releases. Check catalogue for holdings.

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2002/04/09 Marie-Josee Levesque:. (Creation)
2002/04/09 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2002/10/10 Shannon MacDonald. Update wording in Administrative history, Access restrictions, and Accruals. Added note re: holdings on video recordings
2003/04/09 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid.
2009/07/16 Anna St.Onge. Updated extents. Updated scope note. Linked new and old accessions to fonds-level.
2016/09/25 Anna St.Onge. Published finding aid as work-in-progress. Earlier accessions in Access databases to be imported at a later date.
2019/04/18 J. Grant. Imported accession- and series-level descriptions created by A. St. Onge for accession 2008-056 and created basic accession-level descriptions for 1995-034, 1999-031 and 2001-036.

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  • English


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