Fonds RBSC-ARC-1841 - Bevel Up fonds

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Bevel Up fonds

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114 video tapes and other materials.

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The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the provincial reporting centre for reportable diseases. The BCCDC is the provincial public health service providing surveillance, detection, prevention, treatment, policy development, and health promotion programming to promote and protect the health of British Columbians. The BCCDC is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

BCCDC combines public health practice with research and policy advice. BCCDC provides direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with diseases of public health significance such as tuberculosis and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.

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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is Canada’s public producer and distributor, with a vast and growing collection of works that include award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and participatory experiences.

Created in 1939, the NFB is a federal agency under the Department of Canadian Heritage. Its mandate is to create, produce, and distribute distinctive and original audiovisual works that reflect the diverse realities and perspectives of Canadians, and to share these works with the people of Canada and the rest of the world. Through its conservation, restoration, and digitization work, the NFB ensures that its rich collection, which represents Canada’s collective audiovisual heritage, remains accessible.

NFB works have won more than 7,000 awards, including 4 Palmes d’or, 12 Oscars, 21 Webby Awards, 26 Gala Québec Cinéma awards, and over 525 Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Awards, including 27 Canadian Screen Awards.

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Established in 1991 in Vancouver B.C. by director Nettie Wild and producer Betsy Carson, Canada Wild Productions is an independent documentary film and television production company. Canada Wild Productions specializes in making accessible and engaging documentaries about controversial issues. Canada Wild Productions has developed a unique form of distribution which blends broadcast television and theatrical screenings in cinemas with community-based forums in order to bring these stories to the Canadian public. Canada Wild Productions also works in interactive media, public art, projection mapping and virtual reality.

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Prior to donation, custody of the materials was maintained by Nettie Wild and Betsy Carson of Canada Wild Productions Ltd. Master tapes were sent to the National Film Board for digitization.

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The fonds reflects the process of creating the documentary film Bevel Up: Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing (entitled “Taking Health to the Streets” during production). Bevel Up is a co-production between the Street Nurse Program of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), with financial support from Health Canada and the BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU), and was created in collaboration with Canada Wild Productions Ltd. (Nettie Wild and Betsy Carson).

Filmed over six months in 2006, and over two years in production, Bevel Up was created in collaboration with the street nurses and a crew which included director Nettie Wild, cinematographer Kirk Tougas, producer Betsy Carson, and editor Mike Brockington.

Bevel Up is a 45-minute film, shot in the style of cinema verite (showing people in everyday situations), at the heart of a four-and-a-half-hour interactive DVD that features separate menus on a range of professional, ethical, and legal issues related to the delivery of health care to drug users. There is also an accompanying teaching guide.

The documentary was the brainchild of Caroline Brunt, a street nurse with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and is designed to help student nurses and seasoned professionals working with drug using populations. Bevel Up: Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing follows a team of street nurses as they reach out to youth, sex workers and street entrenched men and women in the alleys and hotels of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Most importantly, the nurses reflect on attitudes that can make or break the relationship needed to successfully provide practical and nonjudgmental health care.

Materials include master tapes of raw footage, edited video and audio tapes, final copies of the interactive DVD and teaching manual, CDs containing the French translation of the teaching manual, a promotion trailer, a publicity clip reel, printed annotated transcripts, press kits, publicity posters, magazine reviews, a distribution chart and a publicity report.

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Records were donated by the BC Centre for Disease Control on June 29, 2022.


The fonds was arranged by the archivist generally following the stages of creation – raw footage, production and publicity. Materials related to original film footage are generally arrange in numerical order by tape number. Printed transcripts were kept in the order in which they were received, generally grouped together by person interviewed along with the tape number. Note that interviews with a single individual sometimes span more than one tape.

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Select materials within this fonds are restricted. Contact the archivist for access.

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Bevel Up: Drugs, Users & Outreach Nursing is available under limited copyright protection. You may download, distribute, photocopy, cite or excerpt the teaching manual, provided it is properly and fully credited and not used for commercial purposes. The permission of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Street Nurse Program is required for all other uses.

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This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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114 video tapes
48 cm of textual records
2 CDs

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Finding aid produced by Catherine Hall, May 2023.

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