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Jack Long

Jack Long’s career as a director, cinematographer and producer for the National Film Board of Canada began in the 1950s. Long directed nine films exploring the culture, history, art and people of Canada, with a particular focus on the Pacific region. His body of work includes: three shorts in the NFB’s Eye-Witness series, which chronicled world news and events in the fifties, including the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Korean War and the Suez Crisis; The Man Who Digs for Fish (1979), a rare NFB film made in Saltery Bay, British Columbia, about alternative practices to preserve the ecosystem and wildlife in the region; Bill Reid (1979), a portrait of the Haida artist, jewellery designer and wood carver as he works on a totem pole in the Haida tradition; and Arthur Erickson (1981), a profile of the renowned BC architect and his innovative projects, which include the Museum of Anthropology and Robson Square in Vancouver and Simon Fraser University’s campus in Burnaby. Long received a number of prestigious awards and accolades during his career, including from the Canadian Film Awards and the Genies, in addition to being made a member of the Order of Canada.