Fonds RBSC-ARC-1230 - Jim Hamm documentary video collection

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Jim Hamm documentary video collection

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28.5 cm of textual records and other material

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Jim Hamm was born in Abbotsford, BC, in 1949 . He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in history from Simon Fraser University in 1975 . Later, he received a Teaching Certificate (1977) and classes in Film Studies (1981-1983) from Simon Fraser University. He has been writing, producing and directing documentaries since 1983.

His documentaries have included :
Radical Attitudes : The Architecture of Douglas Cardinal (2004)
The Spirit Wrestlers (2002)
Turning Down the Heat: The New Energy Revolution (1999)
Between The Rock and A Hard Place (1996)
The Air We Breathe (1995)
Smile and Dial (1986)
Generic Desire (1983)

Over the years Jim Hamm has production managed the feature films: Terminal City Ricochet, Shelly, and Regeneration . He line-produced the docu-dramas, A Chance For Change, about aids awareness in native communities and The Sentencing Dilemma, an examination of the sentencing issues the courts face when prosecuting assault cases. He also production managed the documentary, Gurdwara – House of the Guru, on the spiritual life of the Sikh community in Vancouver.

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The Jim Hamm Documentary Film Collection consists of materials relating to three of his documentary films: "The Air We Breathe" (1996), "Between the Rock and a Hard Place" (1997) and "Turning Down the Heat" (1999). "The Air We Breathe" was a co-production of Jim Hamm and the National Film Board. It is an examination of the problem of smog in relation to political decisions, dependency on automobiles, and social-cultural forces. Hamm acted as co-producer, script writer and director. The film was broadcast on the CBC, WTN, SCN, Knowledge Network and Access Alberta. "Between the Rock and a Hard Place" was produced in association with CBC Newsworld. It is the story of Newfoundlanders who leave their home province after the collapse of the cod fishery, ironically finding work in the exploit of another natural resource in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. The film was aired on CBC Newsworld and on CBC Newfoundland. "Turning Down the Heat" was co-produced with the National Film Board in association with CBCs program "The Nature of Things," narrated by David Suzuki. The film showcases viable solutions to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Hamm acted as director, co-producer and co-script writer. The film was aired on "The Nature of Things," and has other screenings nationally and internationally. Storage issues dictate that the textual materials relating to these films and the audio visual materials be separated, so the fonds therefore contains the series: "The Air We Breathe" Textual Materials series, "Turning Down the Heat" Textual Materials series, "Between the Rock and a Hard Place" Textual Materials series, "Turning Down the Heat" Audio/visual Materials series, "The Air We Breathe" Audio/visual Materials series, and "Between the Rock and a Hard Place" Audio/visual Materials series. The largest division of the collection is the audio/visual materials.

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