on opening the NFB archives


So the National Film Board of Canada has flung open the vault to make many national treasures freely available online. Wow. This is such an amazing set of resources, covering the entire range of Canadian culture. Films that helped define who we are.

Documentaries like Being Caribou. Churchill's Island. Short films like 23 Skidoo. Art films like 21-87. Animated films like Afterlife.

I will now do my best attempt at channeling The Reverend...

One of the crown jewels. Log Driver's Waltz.

Or, perhaps, Balablok, which still represents tolerance and diversity (and what happens without them) in my mind.

Blackfly?

Cat Came Back!

and, of course, The Sweater

The other crown jewel would be *cough* Bambi Meets Godzilla, but that doesn't appear to be online yet... (but thankfully, there is at least a temporarily available illicit copy on the Tube).

I grew up with the NFB. I love the NFB. And now it's (at least partially) available online. Gods bless teh intartubes. I could spend days mining this archive, and I probably will...


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