Peter Wintonick is a pioneering Canadian filmmaker, producer, critic, a documentary media activist and a recipient of the Governer-General Media Arts Award. Well-known around the world as a documentary diplomat, he spreads the gospel according to reality through his films (pilgrlMAGE, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment, Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News, etc.).

Wintonick also facilitates workshops with international emerging filmmakers, and helps operate a production company called Necessary Illusions in Montreal – his home base. He is currently developing several films with partners in Sweden, Canada and Asia.

Fri Feb 26, 2010 – 7:00 PM

Peter Wintonick and his 19 year old daughter, Mira (both filmmakers) take a cinematic road trip around the world. They trek through the present and future film and image-making, using significant contemporary and historical cinematic sites and personal encounters as their points of departure. pilmrIMAGE is a trans-generational, cine-genetic meditation on media and its personal and social consequences. Equal parts verite film-journal, digital-diary and cine-blog, through a series of Socratic father-daughter dialogues, gleaned from years of inter-continental film-gypsy journeys, they meet other renowned film ‘pilgrims’ and media practitioners.

MASTER WORKSHOP: Documentary Storytelling
Sat Feb 27, 2010 – 7:00 PM

* Registration fee: $60 / $30 members

* Space is limited; advance registration is required

Canadian documentary pioneer, Peter Wintonick will work with several participants on telling stories through the documentary medium. Peter Wintonick is well respected in the world documentary community having co-directed one of the most successful Canadian documentaries ever made, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media.

CINEMA LOUNGE – Peter Wintonick introduces:
Sat Feb 27, 2010 – 4:00 PM


Ten years in the making, Faustus Bidgood is probably the most important independent feature ever to come out of Newfoundland. Faustus Bidgood is polyester clad milquetoast functionary in the provincial department of education who in alternating fantasies imagines the gory murder of his tormenting co-workers and dreams himself President of the People’s Republic of Newfoundland. Featuring an all star cast of actors from the East Coast, this film is unlike any other produced in Canada.It shows the epic struggle for an independent Newfoundland and a tall tale about one man’s increasingly precarious world view of reality.