BEAR PRODUCTIONS LTD. fonds. -- 1954-1956, 1997-2004. --13 cm of textual records, 27 photographs, 42 VHS tapes, 11 DVDs.


Jan Padgett ( 1946 - )
an independent documentary film writer and director, is the owner of Bear Productions Ltd, a film production company. Though this company she has written, directed and produced several documentary films. In 2002, Fred and George Ilott, and Edwin Turner approached Jan Padgett to collaborate with them on the production of a film about the sinking of the Teeshoe, a Powell River Company tug, in 1954. Padgett and Turner, through regular communication, developed a funding proposal and began to work collectively on research, story ideas and pre-production of the Teeshoe film. Over the course of this collaborative work, it became clear that stylistic differences between the Ilotts, Padgett, and Turner were not sustainable and Turner left the project in 2003. Bear Productions Ltd. completed the Teeshoe film in 2004.

The fonds consists of material related to Bear Productions Ltd. involvement with the making of the Teeshoe film. This includes a funding proposal, binders containing research material, transcriptions, newspaper clippings, ephemera, photographs, VHS/DVD recordings and a sous-fonds of Edwin Turner.

Series: Bear Productions Ltd. fonds

1.
Proposal -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of a proposal for funding for the Teeshoe film.

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Binder I -- 3.5cm of textual records

The series consists of the contents of a binder, which contains research material for the Teeshoe film.

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3. Binder II -- 2.5cm of textual records

The series consists of the contents of a binder, which contains transcriptions, correspondence and newspaper clippings.

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4.
Correspondence --1955-1956 – 4cm of textual records

The series consists of research material from the National Archives of Canada. This research material includes correspondence related to the Marine Inquiry into the sinking of the Teeshoe.

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Transcriptions -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of transcriptions from audio-visual material for the purposes of research for the Teeshoe film.

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6. Newspaper Clippings -- 1954 -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of newspaper clippings recounting the events of 1954 at the time of the sinking of the Teeshoe.

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Ephemera -- .5cm of textual records, 5 photographs

The series consists of copies of advertisements for a performance in 1954, as well as color photographs.

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8. Photographs ( digital reproductions ) -- 22 photographs

The series consists of digital reproductions and includes the Teeshoe, Illott

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DVDs/VHS -- 42 VHS, 11 DVDs

The series consists of DVD and VHS tapes of research for the development of the Teeshoe film. This material contains interviews, pre-production stills and location scouting.

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Edwin Turner sous-fonds. -- 1997- 2003 -- 1cm of textual records

In 1996 Edwin Turner met Fred Ilott, who recounted his 1954 story of the sinking of the Teeshoe. At the time, Turner was a retired high school drama teacher, and he saw possibilities in making a docu-drama from this story. He put together a tentative proposal to Fred and Fred’s brother, George, in order to make a film. Turner started researching archival material and developed several story ideas with a subsequent screenplay. At the same time he suggested that they work with Julie Stanfel, an NFB producer. She left the project in 2002. Due to stylistic differences with the content of the proposed screenplay, Fred and George Ilott’s concerns with said screenplay, and the loss of Julie Stanfel as producer, Bear Productions was approached to bring another perspective to the project in 2002. Increasing stylistic differences between the Ilotts, Turner and Bear Productions continued and Turner left the project in 2003.

Series: Edwin Turner sous-fonds

1.
Story Ideas -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of several story ideas and dramatic sequences for the Teeshoe film.

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2.
Screenplay -- 1997 -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of a screenplay developed for the Teeshoe film.

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