News from the Giant is a series of three programs that will air on CKPR television on Wednesday, May 18, Thursday, May 19, Friday, May 20 at 7 pm.
This series explores Thunder Bay and the Lakehead region through the lens of the nightly news from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The production is part of a larger project called the Reel Memories Project. News from the Giant replicates the newsreels that were once shown in movie theatres around the world.
This is a public history project that faculty, along with current and former students in the Department of History have been working on for the past three years and News from the Giant is one of the first results of the research. In addition to the work of faculty and students, the project also features the talent of people in the local film industry.
The series covers a variety of topics that will be of interest to anyone who appreciates history and the art of filmmaking. See a report on Queen’s visit in 1959, hear what Tommy Douglas had to say about the Canadian economy, and watch as the “Twist” is danced for the first time at the Lakehead. Tune in for an entertaining look at the local news from years gone by.