Peter Wintonick

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Peter Wintonick
Born June 10, 1953
Trenton, Ontario, Canada
Died November 18, 2013(2013-11-18) (aged 60)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cause of death Cholangiocarcinoma
Citizenship Canadian
Occupation Documentary filmmaker
Children Mira Burt-Wintonick
Awards Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Peter Kenneth Wintonick (June 10, 1953 – November 18, 2013) was a Canadian independent documentary filmmaker based in Montreal. A winner of the 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, former Thinker in Residence for the Premier of South Australia, prolific award-winning filmmaker, he was one of Canada's best known international documentarians.

Biography[edit]

Born in Trenton, Ontario in 1953, Wintonick was the son of John Wintonick and Norma Latham. He was of Ukrainian descent.[1][2]

He founded Necessary Illusions Productions with Mark Achbar, and subsequently ran it with Francis Miquet. Wintonick was a co-founder of DocAgora, an event inserted into various film festivals showcasing cutting-edge digital strategies. He co-directed, with his daughter, Mira Burt-Wintonick, the 2009 documentary PilgrIMAGE, a film about documentary filmmaking.[3]

Wintonick died of cholangiocarcinoma on November 18, 2013, aged 60.[4]

Select filmography[edit]

Other work[edit]

In early 2005, at the invitation of the premier of South Australia, he filled the post of Thinker in Residence, examining the future of documentaries and the digital revolution with a focus on educational and cultural legislation.[5]

Governor General's Award[edit]

Wintonick was the winner of a 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. His body of work includes dramatic features, theatrical documentaries, educational and socio-political works.

Legacy[edit]

In 2014, a new award called the Peter Wintonick Award was given at Sheffield Doc/Fest to Vessel. The award was presented by Martin Rosenbaum, who read a message from Wintonick's daughter Mira, which said that she was very happy to see the award go to "a filmmaker who embodies his activist spirit."[6] Wintonick's film Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media was also screened at the festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remembering documentary film legend Peter Wintonick". Art Threat. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1885-1980
  3. ^ "Peter Wintonick, Canadian documentary great, dead at 60". CBC News. 18 November 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ ReelScreen obituary (November 18, 2013)
  5. ^ "Adelaide Thinkers in Residence - Peter Wintonick". Govt. of South Australia. Archived from the original on 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 Awards Announced". sheffdocfest.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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