The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar

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The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar
Directed by Peter Pearson
Produced by John Kemeny
Written by Joan Finnigan
Starring Chris Wiggins
Kate Reid
Margot Kidder
Cinematography Tony Ianzelo
Edited by Michael McKennirey
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
Running time
49 minutes
Country Canada Canada
Language English

The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar is a 1968 Canadian dramatic film directed by Peter Pearson and written by Joan Finnigan. The 49-minute drama stars Chris Wiggins and Kate Reid, along with Margot Kidder in her first feature role.

Set in a logging community in the Ottawa Valley, the film focuses on a man who chooses the free but uncertain life of a bush worker, even though it means hardships for his family. Produced by John Kemeny for the National Film Board of Canada, the film won eight awards at the Canadian Film Awards, including Film of the Year.[1]

Produced for the NFB's Challenge for Change program, the film had initially been "pushed aside and ignored by CBC TV," according to Canadian film scholar Gerald Pratley, who called it: "A brilliant example of what our filmmakers could do if they had the opportunities and the material to replace the run-of-the-mill American films that dominate our theatres and television – the kind of inexpensive creativity private broadcasters continue to say they cannot afford."[2][3]


Canadian Film Awards – Film of the Year, Non-Feature Direction, Non-Feature Screenplay, Non-Feature Actor (Chris Wiggins), Non-Feature Cinematography (b+w), Non-Feature Editing, Non-Feature Art Direction

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  1. ^ "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. 1968. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  2. ^ Pratley, Gerald (1987). Torn Sprockets. Mississauga: Associated University Presses. p. 103. ISBN 0-87413-194-4. 
  3. ^ "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Film Reference Library. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 

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