Fonds UBCA-ARC-1402 - The Corporation fonds

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The Corporation fonds

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  • Multiple media

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2.03 m of textual records and other material

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([ca. 2004])

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The Corporation, a film released in 2004, is a groundbreaking documentary about the identity, economic, sociological, and environmental impact of corporations' dominance and dubious standing as an institution. Based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan, the film portrays corporations as legal persons and how this status has contributed to their rise in dominance, power, and unprecedented wealth in Western society. The Corporation exposes corporations' exploitation of democracy, the planet, and individuals' health through case studies, anecdotes, and interviews. In addition, the documentary includes 40 interviews of CEOs, critics, whistleblowers, corporate spies, economists, and historians to illuminate corporations' actual character further. The Corporation was co-created by Vancouver-based Mark Achbar and associate producer and writer Joel Bakan. The film, coordinated by Achbar and Jennifer Abbott and edited by Abbott, has received 26 international awards and was awarded the winner of the 2004 Sundance Audience Award and Best Documentary at the 2005 Genie Awards.

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The fonds consists of research material (1997-2002); correspondence (1994 to 2003); pre-production (1997-2001); production from 1997-2003; post-production (2000-2002); audio/video tapes (1997-2004); and photographs (2000-2001). The series has been separated into film-related terminology to retain the integrity of the filming process.

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The fonds were donated to the University Archives by Mark Achbar on August 2005.


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Photographs have been digitized and are available through UBC Library Open Collections UBC 115.1/1 to UBC 115.1/12.

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Includes 904 video recordings (VHS, Betacam SP, Betacam L, MiniDV, DVC-PRO, DVC-CAM, Hi 8 tape), 10 audio recordings, and 12 photographs.

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