Atlantic Filmmaker Focus - A Tribute to Peter Wintonick

Peter Wintonick (June 10, 1953 - November 18, 2013)

The passing of Canadian documentarian Peter Wintonick on Monday, November 18, 2013, marks a bittersweet moment for the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. Peter will be remembered for his ferocious humour, questing intellect and extraordinary generosity.
Born in Trenton, Ontario and based in Montreal, Peter grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and always cherished his East Coast connections. Consequently, he pursued every opportunity to screen his work in Atlantic Canada, leading to a long and fruitful association with the Atlantic Film Festival. Peter served on countless panels and juries, pushing the conversation about media, responsibility, technology and motion picture making into the broadest possible spheres.
A longtime editor in the still-budding Canadian film industry through the 1970s, Peter moved into direction with his landmark feature non-fiction works, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media and Cinema Verite, both made in association with the National Film Board of Canada. Collaborating with Newfoundland's Barbara Doran, his film on the international Anne of Green Gables phenomenon saw the two filmmakers sporting red braids and straw hats amidst a sea of enthusiastic Japanese tourists swamping Prince Edward Island in search of Lucy Maud Montgomery's feisty fictional heroine. Feisty is an apt word to describe Peter, whose contributions to the Atlantic Film Festival as well as Canadian Cinema and Culture in general, will resonate for generations to come. He was an extraordinary talent, a filmmaker with heart and vision who helped build the foundations of our contemporary cinema culture. Peter will be missed.
If you’d like to pay tribute to Peter Wintonick, you can attend a special screening of pilgrIMAGE, Wintonick’s funny and deeply personal road trip into the history of cinema, presented by DOC-Atlantic (The Documentary Organization of Canada, Atlantic Chapter) in partnership with the Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies at NSCAD University, Carbon Arc Cinema, and with the support of The Museum of Natural History and Eyesteel Films.
WHEN: Friday December 13, 7pm, Doors open at 6:30pm (party to follow at 9pm)
WHERE: Carbon Arc Cinema, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS
ADMISSION: $10 - Party to follow with food, great prizes and cash bar.
All proceeds to fund the completion of his final film, BE HERE NOW.
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