Peter Raymont

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Peter Raymont
Born Peter Raymont
(1950-02-28) February 28, 1950 (age 64)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation film director, screenwriter, producer, film editor & cinematographer
Years active 1971-present
Spouse(s) Lindalee Tracey (May 14, 1957 - October 19, 2006) her death
Website
http://www.whitepinepictures.com/

Peter Raymont (born February 28, 1950 in Ottawa, Canada) is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and producer and the president of White Pine Pictures, an independent film, television and new media production company based in Toronto. Among his films are "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire" (2005), "A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman" (2007), "The World Stopped Watching" (2003) and "The World Is Watching" (1988). The 2011 feature documentary "West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson" and 2009's "Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould", were co-directed with Michèle Hozer. Raymont is Executive Producer of the television drama series, The Border, which he co-created with Lindalee Tracey, Janet MacLean and Jeremy Hole. The Border's 3 seasons have been broadcast in more than 25 countries. He is also the Executive Producer of the CBC drama series, Cracked, a Toronto-based police procedural which explores the intersection of the law and mental illness.[l.[1] Cracked's 2 seasons are also broadcast in France, Germany, USA and elsewhere.

Raymont has produced and directed over 100 documentary films and television programs (Drama and Documentary) during his 43-year career. His films have taken him to Ethiopia, Nicaragua, India, Rwanda, Chile, the High Arctic and throughout North America and Europe.[2]

Raymont is the recipient of 52 international awards including an Emmy, The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, a Canadian Genie, 5 Gemini Awards, several Gold and Silver Hugos, The Sesterce d'Argent and other international honours.

Raymont's films are often provocative investigations of "hidden worlds" in politics, media and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice and are regularly broadcast on private and public TV networks worldwide.

His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire was honoured with the 2005 Audience Award for World Cinema Documentaries at The Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Emmy Award for Best Documentary.

"A Promise To The Dead" was short-listed for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was honoured with the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social-Political Documentary by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

"Genius Within" premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, followed by invitational presentations at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) and several other festivals worldwide (Full Frame, Vancouver, Seattle, Sydney, Melbourne, Hawaii, Bermuda). The film opened theatrically across Canada, USA and Australia in 2010, playing in over 50 US cities. A two-hour version of the film was broadcast on the PBS series "American Masters" in December, 2010. "Genius Within" won the 2010 Gemini Award for Best Biography Documentary presented by the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television, and was short-listed for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Education & Training[edit]

Raymont attended Crighton Street School, Rockcliffe Park Public School and Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa. He graduated from Trinity College School in Port Hope in 1968. At Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario he was honoured with the Tricolour Award for contribution to the university community. Raymont graduated from Queen's University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Film Studies.[3] Raymont is a graduate of The Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies in North York, Ontario (First Year, 1988), now The Canadian Film Centre He was a co-founder of the Canadian Independent Film Caucus, now The Documentary Organization of Canada and is a member of The Directors' Guild of Canada and The Canadian Media Producers' Association.

Early career[edit]

Peter Raymont's career began at age 21 at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal. From 1971-78, he worked at the NFB as an editor, director and producer. While at the NFB, Raymont also taught film and video production in the Canadian Arctic. In 1978, Raymont moved to Toronto and established his independent film and television production company, Investigative Productions now operating as White Pine Pictures. He co-partnered the company for many years with his late wife, award-winning filmmaker and author, Lindalee Tracey.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Contribution
1970 Blue Director/Producer
1971 Have You Ever Been North of Princess Street?
Director/Producer
1973 The Innocent Door Producer/Editor
1974 The Coldspring Project Producer/Editor
1975 Sikusilarmiut
Lumsden
The Forest Watchers
Director/Producer
Director
Director
1977 The Hunters
River: Planet Earth
Whale Hunting
Flora: Scenes From A Leadership Convention
Producer
Director
Producer
Director
1978 Reflections of a Leadership Convention
The Art of The Possible
Director
Director
1979 History on the Run: The Media and the ’79 Election
Director/Producer
1981 Magic in the Sky Director/Producer
1982 Arctic Spirits
Falasha: Agony of the Black Jews
Director/Producer
Director
1983 On To The Polar Sea: A Yukon Adventure
Prisoners of Debt: Inside The Global Banking Crisis
Director/Writer
1985 With Our Own Two Hands Director/Producer
1986 At The Brink: The Cuban Missile Crisis Director
1987 The Brokers
The Politics of Aid
Director/Producer
Director
1988 The World Is Watching Director/Writer
1989 Only The News That Fits Director/Producer
1990 As Long As The Rivers Flow (5 x 1hr Episodes)
Between Two Worlds
Producer
Producer
1992 Voices From the Shadows Director/Producer
1993 Chasing The Dream Director/Producer
1994 Hearts of Hate: The Battle for Young Minds Director/Producer
1995 Abby, I Hardly Knew Ya
The Skeptic’s Journey
Producer
Director
1997 Invisible Nation: Policing The Underground
The New Ice Age: A Year in the Life of the NHL (6 Episodes
Passing the Flame: The Legacy of Women’s College Hospital
Producer
Director/Producer
Producer
1998 A Scattering of Seeds (52 x ½ hr Episodes) Producer
1999 Rwanda: In Search of Hope Director/Producer
2000 Toronto: City of Dreams (3 x 1hr Episodes) Producer
2001 Graveyard Shift (6 x ½ hr Episodes) Director/Producer
2002 The Undefended Border (3 x 1 hr Episodes)
King of Hearts A Scattering of Seeds
Director/Producer
Director
2003 Into The Light
The World Stopped Watching
Arctic Dreamer: The Lonely Quest of Vilhjalmur Stefansson
The Hero’s Hero: The Forgotten Life of William Barker
The Anatomy of Burlesque (2 x 1 hr Episodes)
Director/Producer
Director/Producer
Director/Producer
Producer
Producer
2004 Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire
Bhopal:The Search for Justice
The Killer Cure
Director/Producer
Director/Producer
Producer
2005 Toronto: City of Dreams
The Idealist
Producer
Producer
2007 A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman
Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope
The Border (38 x 1hr Episodes)
Director/Producer
Producer
Executive Producer
2008 World’s Collide
I Nuligak: An Inuvialuit History of First Contact
Tar Sands
Radical Dreamer:The Passionate Journey of Graham Spry
Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma
Producer
Producer
Producer
Director/Producer
Producer
2009 Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
City Sonic (20 Webisodes)
Director/Producer
Producer
2010 Pets on Prozac
Experimental Eskimos
Winds of Heaven: Emily Carr, Carvers and The Spirit of The Forest
The Team
Prosecutor
Producer
Producer
Producer
Producer
Producer
2011 West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson Director/Producer
2012 Cracked
Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children
Executive Producer
Producer

Awards[edit]

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARD - Best Documentary 2007

Academy of Canadian Film and Television

GENIE AWARD
Best Short Documentary Film 1989

GEMINI AWARD

Best Sports Program or Series 1999

Best History-Biography Documentary, 2004

Best Direction of a Documentary, 2004

Best Biography Documentary, 2010

Canadian Film and Television Awards

Best Documentary 1983

Sundance Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD - World Cinema Documentary, 2005

Philadelphia Film Festival

JURY AWARD - Best Documentary, 2005

Chicago International Film Festival

SILVER HUGO - Best Social/Political Documentary 1991

GOLD HUGO - Best Social/Political Documentary 1988

GOLD PLAQUE - Social/Political Documentary 1983

American Film Festival, New York City

Blue Ribbon, Best Social/Political Documentary 1976

Red Ribbon Social/Political Documentary 1983

Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, Switzerland

Sesterce d'Argent, 1990

Ecumenical Prize and Second Public Jury Prize, 1988

Leipzig International Film Festival

Best Short Documentary 1976

International Jury Award, 1991

Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA), Biarritz, France

Special Jury Mention, 2004

Honourable Mention, 2004

Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists, ACTRA Awards

Top Ten Award, 1999

Best Writing, TV Documentary 1984

(nominated, Best TV Documentary 1986)

(nominated, Best Radio Documentary 1984)

Yorkton International Film Festival, Canada

Best Documentary, Sports/Recreation and Best Cinematography 1985

Best Broadcast Documentary 1991

Best Documentary 2010

Alberta Film and Television (AMPIA)

Best Documentary 1986

International Arctic Film Festival (Rovaniemi, Finland)

Special Award, Television 1986

23rd International Festival of Short Films (Cracow, Poland)

Polish National Peace Committee Prize, 1986

National Film and Video Association, Oakland, California

Bronze Apple 1990, Gold Apple 1991, Bronze Apple 1994, Gold Apple 1995

Worldfest Houston

Gold, Special Jury Prize, 2001

Gold Award for Documentary Series 2000

Special Jury Prize, 2000

Gold Award for Sports Documentary 1999

Gold Medal for Best Documentary Television Series 1998

Silver Award 1992, Certificate of Merit-Finalist 1995

Academy Awards, Los Angeles, USA

Honourable Mention, Documentary category, 1983

Berlin Film Festival

Honourable Mention, Peace Prize Committee 1989

Family[edit]

Peter Charles Raymont is the eldest son of Colonel Robert Lewis Raymont (1908–2005) and Mary Ward Raymont (b. 1917). He has an older sister, Elizabeth Mary Heatherington (b. 1947) and a younger brother, David John Raymont (b. 1955). Peter Raymont married Lindalee Tracey in 1989. She died of breast cancer in 2006. Their son, Liam Robert Tracey-Raymont, was born in 1990.

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