Fonds F506 - Brett Bell fonds

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Brett Bell fonds

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  • 1987-2003 (Creation)

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134 film reels : 16mm
18 film reels : 35mm
6 video tapes : Beta

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Brett Bell was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 15, 1968 to Vern and Carol Bell. He attended Athabasca School and Sheldon Williams Collegiate and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina in 1990. His introduction to creation began in 1984, when, at the age of 16, Bell co-wrote, directed and edited a Cable Regina production entitled "Asphalt Safari". The video was the regional winner and national runner-up in the 1985 Canadian Cable Television Award for Excellence in Youth Programming. While attending university, Bell produced, directed and edited several projects. Two of these films won awards: "Mama" (1987), Runner-up, Best Student Film, 1987 Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase, and "Games of Chance" (1990), Best Student Film, 1990 Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase.

After graduating from university, Bell pursued a career in film and video production. He has produced, directed and written numerous films including "Fred" (1992), "Strike Me Silly" (1995), "Blueberry" (2001), and "Hometown" (2003). These films have been broadcast nationally and screened at dozens of film festivals. In 2000, Bell established Bellimage, a production company providing creative services for the film and television industry. The company has since expanded to include cinematography, editing, and sound composition and design. In 2004 Bell worked as a director trainee under acclaimed international filmmaker Terry Gilliam.

Bell has been a sessional instructor at the University of Regina with the Department of Media Production and Studies (formerly the Department of Film and Video) since 1995.

Bell has sat on numerous juries pertaining to film and video, including the Saskatchewan Arts Board Media Arts Jury (1992, 2001, 2003); the National Student Film and Video Festival, Regina (1993, 1998, 2003, 2004); the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival (2004) and the Student Employment Experience Program, SaskCulture (2007). He has served on various boards and committees since 1991: Chair, Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase (1991); Board of Directors, Saskatchewan Filmpool (1995-1996); Chair, Cultural Advisory Committee, SaskCulture (2003-2006); Advisory Member, Regina Arts Commission (2004-present); Vice-President, Saskatchewan Filmpool (2004-2006); and Advisory Member, SaskTel's Max Local on Demand Independent Programming Committee (2006-present).

Bell is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Alice Guy Blache Award for Celebration of Film 2004 ("Hometown"); Best Drama, 2003 Sea to Sky Festival ("Blueberry") and 2nd Place, 1997 John Candy Film Festival ("Strike Me Silly").

Bell currently (2007) resides in Regina, where he continues to work as a filmmaker and as a sessional instructor at the University of Regina.

Bell and his partner, Hildy Bowen, have five children; Kai Langen; Chesney Langen Bell; Benjamin Bowen Bell; Madeline Bowen Diaz and Alejandra Bowen Diaz.

Custodial history

Brett Bell donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2007: 2007-120 (January 08, 2007).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1987 to 2003 by Brett Bell relating to his work as an independent filmmaker in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The film reels contain footage of an animated student production "Chuck'L'Head"; a Sask. Filmpool collaboration "Dream Sequence" and four projects produced and directed by Bell: "Strike Me Silly"; "Blueberry"; "Fred"; and "Hometown". Included are A/B rolls, negative outs, sound transfers, camera rolls, mag outs, optical transfers, work prints, answer prints, and release prints.

The video cassette tapes consist of research viewing copies of three of Bell's short films: "Blueberry" (3 copies), "Hometown", and "Strike Me Silly" and a compilation of clips from "Hometown", "Blueberry", "Strike Me Silly" and "Tears of a Clown, The Maredrew Tragedy".

The textual material consists of correspondence with editors, shot lists, cut lists, dupe lists and optical lists.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Some of these records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated 19 November 2007. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor dated 19 November 2007 and the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 361 consists of a fonds description. The Film Labels list is available in electronic format. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Associated materials

Associated material: Records of Brett Bell are located at the Library and Archives of Canada (LAC): NL Stacks-Video 6560 and 6561. These records consist of two videocassettes of the Brett Bell production "Slatland".

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2 cm of textual records

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Other codes: Films: Film R-4124 to Film R-4275; Videotapes: Vtr-14605 to VTR-14610

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