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Peter Wintonick

Peter Wintonick was born in Trenton, Ontario in Canada, in 1953. A director, a producer, an author, a programmer, an advisor, and also a mentor to young professionals in documentary filmmaking, he was one of the most famous Canadian documentarists worldwide. During his 35-year career, he contributed to over one hundred films and transmedia projects. He directed, among others, the multi-award-winning Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992, co-directed with Mark Achbar), one of the most successful documentaries in the history of Canadian cinema; Cinema Verité: Defining the Moment (1999); Seeing Is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Katerina Cizek); and PilgrIMAGE (2008, co-directed with Mira Burt-Wintonick). Along with Francis Miquet and Mark Achbar, he co-founded the production company Necessary Illusions. Based in Montreal, he traveled the world tirelessly in order to share his knowledge of the documentary, participating in major documentary festivals (including the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival) as a consultant, a jury member, a speaker and a workshop coordinator. In 2005 he was appointed “Thinker in Residency” by the Premier of South Australia, where he examined the future of the documentary and the digital revolution, focusing on educational and cultural legislation and then publishing his recommendations regarding media literacy, the politics of filmmaking and the indigenous media. He was a co-founder of DocAgora, a non-profit think tank which participates at many festivals and stimulates discussion around new forms, platforms and ways of financing social-oriented doc-media. In the last few years, he regularly collaborated with Eyesteelfilm, developing and producing documentaries in China, such as Up the Yangtze (2007) and China Heavyweight (2012) by Yung Chang, and the Last Train Homeby Lixin Fan (2009). In 2006, Peter Wintonick won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, the highest distinction for the Arts and Culture in Canada. He died on November 18, 2013, at the age of 60.

1.  China Heavyweight / Yung Chang, China
2.  Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment / Peter Wintonick, Canada
3.  Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media / Peter Wintonick, Mark Achbar
4.  pilgrIMAGE / Peter Wintonick, Mira Burt-Wintonick, Canada
5.  Seeing Is Believing – Handicams, Human Rights and the News / Peter Wintonick, Katerina Cizek, USA
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