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Susan Risk fonds
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- Electronic record
- Graphic material
- Sound recording
- Textual record
- Moving images
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- Source of title proper: Titles taken from text written on items.
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Dates of creation area
- Risk, Susan, 1948-
- Live Wire Video Productions Inc. , 1993-
- Sure Fire Productions Inc., 2003-2008
Physical description area
2.920m of textual records
20 photographs : prints, col.
20 photographs : negatives, col.
1 audio reel (30 sec.)
4 audio cassettes (ca. 1 hr. 30 min.)
1 audio compact disc : CD-R (3 min.)
96 computer disks
3 (ca. 934.700 MB)computer optical discs (187 photographs : prints, b&w, QuickDraw)
2 (ca. 69.600 MB)computer optical discs (11 sound recordings : aiff ; 13 min.)
2 videocassettes : Hi8
16 optical discs : DVD (ca. 6 hr.)
5 videocassettes : DVCAM
2 videocassettes : 8mm
180 videocassettes : MiniDV
13 videocassettes : U-Matic SP, col., sd. (ca. 5 hr. 29 min.)
171 videocassettes : U-Matic, col., sd. (ca. 55 hr.)
42 videocassettes : VHS, col., sd. (ca. 26 hr.)
164 videocassettes : Beta SP, col., sd. (ca. 90 hr.)
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Name of creator
Susan J. Risk was born in Toronto, Ontario on April 13, 1948. She attended Islington Public School and Etobicoke Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke. Risk studied physical education at the University of Toronto and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from York University in 1970.
In 1979, Risk moved from Toronto to Avonlea, Saskatchewan. She operated a store called "Shuttles and Stuff" and did weaving and spinning. In 1982, she moved to Regina, where she was Weaver in Residence at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre. From 1984 to 1990, Risk was employed with Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) as a local co-ordinator, which involved public education and finding, preparing and sending people to Third World Countries for three year placements. In 1985, Risk was chosen to represent Canada at the United Nations End of the Decade for Women Conference in Kenya, Africa. After meeting women from the National Film Board and Studio D at the conference, Risk decided to pursue a career in film and video production.
Risk studied film and video at the University of Regina in the late 1980s and in 1988, she established her own company, Live Wire Film and Video. The company was incorporated on October 13, 1988 and on July 26, 1993 it became known as Live Wire Video Productions Inc. Her second company, Sure Fire Productions Inc. was incorporated on April 28, 2003 and dissolved in November 2008. Risk produced a variety of documentaries that explored various environmental and social issues, such as elder care, domestic abuse, and women working in non-traditional trades. She also produced corporate, promotional and educational videos for a variety of organizations and a rock music video for children featuring Noelle Hall and the Stinky Sneaker Band. Risk contributed to two educational websites created for Saskatchewan Learning (www.saskstories.ca). Risk's project "She's Got Her Ticket" won an award at the 1991 Yorkton International Film Festival and she has received recognition for the Saskatchewan Stories website.
After completing the "Breaking Open Burma" project, Risk semi-retired and moved to British Columbia, where she currently (2014) continues to reside.
Risk has three children: Sarah, Matthew and Rebecca.
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Sure Fire Productions Inc. was a film and video production company in Regina, Saskatchewan owned and operated by Susan Risk. The company was incorporated in Saskatchewan on April 28, 2003 and dissolved on November 3, 2008. The company's registered office was located at 2050 Garnet Street. Susan Risk served as the company's president and was the only paid full-time employee.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Susan Risk during her professional career as an independent filmmaker in Regina, Saskatchewan. Risk owned and operated two film and video production companies: Live Wire Productions Inc. and Sure Fire Productions Inc.
The fonds consists of two series: Administrative Records and Productions.
The types of records included are correspondence; transcripts; bank statements; cancelled cheques; financial statements; funding applications; equipment manuals; background research; moving images; photographs; sound recordings; electronic records and publications.
Records are in good physical condition.
Immediate source of acquisition
Susan Risk donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in three accessions between 2002 and 2011: R2002-185 (June 18, 2002); R2004-203 (May 19, 2004) and 2011-252 (April 9, 2012).
Order imposed by archivist. All file titles provided by records creator unless indicated in square brackets.
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Box number(s): 1-15
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Some of these records are subject to access restrictions.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Use, publication and/or reproduction of records may be subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act and/or a donor agreement.
SAFA 666 consists of fonds and series descriptions, file listings of textual records, and item descriptions of photographs, moving images and sound recordings.
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No further accruals are expected.
Location for retrieval: Regina - Henderson; Regina -Hillsdale
Computer disks were retained in the textual records. One moving image, six sound recordings and some photographs were retained in the textual records.
Textual records were placed in acid-free file folders. All metal clips and other fasteners were removed. Cardboard cases for moving images were replaced with plastic cases.
Photographs: GM-PH-1797 (1)-(20); GM-PH-2590 to GM-PH-2592
Moving Images: MI-2039 to MI-2640
Sound recordings: SR-117 to SR-127
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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.
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