Canada’s first gay and lesbian cable-access show produced on Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 from 1980 to 1986 is at risk of disappearing. The folks at Vivo Media Arts Centre want to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Documenting Vancouver’s LGBTQ community in the early 80s, including insights into the early Pride movement and early years of the AIDS epidemic, the 93 videos that include interviews with such luminaries as Jane Rule and Tennessee Williams need restoration and digitization.
The Vivo Media Arts Centre has started a campaign to digitize the entire collection and make them available for anyone to view through their Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive.
“Our ultimate goal is to have them available online,” say organizers. “Why hasn’t this been done before? Digitization is expensive. Our Archive depends on donations to carry on our preservation work, which is why we’re asking you to help. We just need 93 Sole Adopters to digitize and preserve this important LGBTQ archive.”
A campaign to digitize each video is now underway with a single $125 donation all that it takes to help restore, conserve and digitize one videotape. In addition to a charitable tax receipt, each donor will be acknowledged in the digitized DVD’s library packaging and online, among other perks.
For more information on how you can help with the Gayblevision Legacy Fund visit http://vivomediaarts.com.