Fonds UBCA-ARC-1473 - Elitha Peterson Productions - “Champions for Change” fonds

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Elitha Peterson Productions - “Champions for Change” fonds

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26 video tapes (Betacam & VHS)
3.0 cm of textual records

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([ca. 2005])

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Champions for Change is a documentary series about Canadian Paralympians by Elitha Peterson Productions that aired on Sportsnet in 2005. Champions for Change aired in three half-hour segments titled Sports First, Let the Games Begin, and The Value of Gold. It focuses on three Canadian Paralympians, Chantal Benoit, Jeff Adams, Chantal Petitclerc, and the Paralympic Movement's history and issues in Canada.
Elitha Peterson Productions and Executive Producer Sylvia Sweeney produced Champions for Change in 2005. Elitha Peterson Productions Inc. partnered with Dan Ierullo, a Canadian distributor and producer and former owner of Records on Wheels, for this project. Sylvia Sweeney herself is a Canadian Olympian (1976 and 1984). She was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984 and was the Most Valuable Player in the World Championships of Basketball in 1979. In addition, she has produced many award-winning documentaries, including the 1992 documentary titled In the Key of Oscar. Sweeney named Elitha Peterson Productions after her mother, Daisy Elitha Peterson Sweeney, a renowned musician and piano professor and sister to famous jazz musician and composer Oscar Peterson.

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Video recordings and supporting documentation were transferred to UBC Archives by Don Ierullo.

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The fonds consists of textual documents and audiovisual materials that relate to the filming and production of “Champions for Change.” The textual materials include synopsis and scripts, tape logs, shot lists, transcripts and interview transcripts. A number of the tapes (including #3, #9, #10, #16, #17, #20 and #21) are not transcribed. The audiovisual materials are 26 videotapes, including master copies of the three-part series “Champions for Change,” the master dub tape, and additional footage of interviews with key individuals. The individuals interviewed include Chantal Benoit, Jeff Adams, Chantal Petitclerc, B. MacPherson, Kristine Bacharach, Travis Engen, Dan Gangier, Eric Gagnon, and Rebecca Borneman. The tapes also include stock footage and B-roll shots.

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