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Monday, November 18, 2013

R.I.P. Canadian Filmaker Peter Wintonick

Peter Wintonick -- a filmmaker, journalist, festival programmer and mentor who was a beloved presence in the international documentary film world -- passed away this morning in Montreal.
Born in Trenton, Ontario in 1953, Wintonick was a pioneering voice in the  documentary film world. His career spanned 35 years, with involvement in more than 100 films and transmedia projects.  Among them were 1992's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" and 2000's "Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment," both documentary features he directed.

He notably won the Canadian Governor General's Award in 2006 for Visual and Media Arts (Canada's highest such honor), and was one of the founders of DocAgora, an event inserted into various film festivals showcasing cutting-edge digital strategies.
Wintonick announced a few weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with Cholangio Carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer. He was using the diagnosis as motivation for a new film, "Be Here Now," at the time of his death.

Peter Wintonick's film company, Necessacy Illusions, was in the same building of Heavyweight Production House in Montreal, many elevator rides and frequent morning chats were shared with this great Canadian filmmaker.  The film "Manufacturing Consent" on the work of Noam Chomsky was an important part of the peripheral political perspective of the HVW8 Art Installation series "Political Minded", as well as in influence on the work of Sheppard Fairey and a generation acutely aware of the manipulation of media to serve corruption, greed and war mongering.  - Gene