AV Trust amps up need for preservation at MasterWorks annual Gala

    Tuesday, October 30 at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montréal

    OTTAWA, Oct. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Twelve Canadian audiovisual works, which
have been, or will be restored, will be honoured at MasterWorks, the
Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada's (AV Trust) Gala Celebration of
Canada's film, television, radio and recorded music heritage, David Novek,
President of the Trust announced today.
    Novek comments "Film disintegrates, it turns to dust - even video tape
turns to dust, so the AV Trust seeks out industry partners to preserve our
heritage for future generations. Without the restoration and preservation of
these jewels of the Canadian entertainment media, these works will fade away.
I urge everyone involved in the creation process to take stock of their
treasure trove of works and join the AV Trust in celebrating the country's
rich cultural heritage."
    Actress Marina Orsini (Lance et compte, Urgence, Blanche, Cauchemar
d'amour, Dr. Lucille) who will act as MC at the Gala, commented "It is ironic
that without the work of the AV Trust, I wouldn't be here to announce the
preservation of the TV series Les Filles de Caleb, that won me a Gemini in
1990. Thank you for preserving what we've already accomplished."

                         MASTERWORKS 2007 HONOUREES

    Master of Ceremonies - Marina Orsini

    FILM - Presenter Jacques Bensimon, President, Cinémathèque québécoise
    Life Classes 1987
    Le Paysagiste / Mindscape 1976
    La Guerre des tuques /The Dog Who Stopped The War 1984

    TELEVISION Presenter Jean-Pierre Laurendeau Vice-President Programmation
    Canal D - Chaines ASTRAL
    Mr. Dressup 1967-1996
    Don Messer's Jubilee 1959-1969
    Les Filles de Caleb 1990

    RADIO - Presenter Mitch Melnick, The Team 99.0 AM, Montréal
    Allan Waters (Body of work) (1921-2005)
    Don Messer And His Islanders 1929-1958
    Le Festival de l'humour québécois 1971-1989

    MUSIC / SOUND RECORDING - Presenter Dorothée Berryman, Actress & jazz
    Leonard Cohen (Body of Work) represented by "Songs of Leonard Cohen" 1967
    Lenny Breau (Body of Work) represented by "Guitar Sounds from Lenny
    Breau" 1968
    Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Body of Work) represented by "Daphnis
    et Chloé" 1981

    Founded by the AV Trust in 2000, MasterWorks annually honours 12
culturally significant works, three each from the film, TV, sound recording
and radio genres.
    MasterWorks are designated for a work or body of work that have had a
critical or popular impact on Canadian culture or have been influential in
shaping its genre. The honourees are chosen by panels of experts from the
Canadian film, radio, TV and music industries.
    In spearheading the initiative to preserve such treasures, AV Trust
President David Novek says "as a non-profit public/private sector organization
dedicated to promoting the preservation of Canada's audio-visual heritage, and
facilitating access to and usage of regional and national collections, the
Trust does not engage in preservation work itself. Rather, we administer
programs to restore, archive and make accessible feature films and recorded
music. We also work with private and public-sector organizations and
interested individuals to achieve our goals."

    Where a MasterWork is in danger of being lost, the AV Trust helps ensure
the restoration or preservation of the work so that it will remain a
cornerstone of the country's audio-visual heritage and can be enjoyed by
future generations of Canadians. Currently film and music restoration programs
are supported with grants from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the
Astral Restoration program, with other AV Trust programs aided by Vivendi
Universal Music Canada and Universal Studios Canada.

    Library and Archives Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, and the National Film
Board, who themselves are actively involved in preservation of the country's
heritage, are sustaining partners of the Trust along with Telefilm Canada.

    The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada is a national charitable
non-profit public/private organization dedicated to promote awareness of and
access to Canada's rich and diverse audiovisual heritage, and to facilitate
access to and usage of regional and national collections. MasterWorks is the
Trust's main vehicle for raising awareness of preservation issues, with the
goal of safeguarding cherished works from Canada's audio-visual heritage.
    More information on the AV Trust, its programs and MasterWorks 2007, is
available at www.avtrust.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Kim McKenzie Galvez, Galvez + associates, (416)
359-0380, kgalvez@sympatico.ca; Brigitte Chabot, Brigitte Chabot
Communications, (514) 861-7870, bchabotcom@sympatico

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