Monday, November 18, 2013

Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal statement on the passing of Peter Wintonick

Montreal, Monday, November 18, 2013 – The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has the regret to announce the passing of filmmaker Peter Wintonick. A tribute had just been paid to him as part of the 16th edition of the festival.

Born in 1953 in Trenton, Ontario, but established in Montreal for a long time, documentarian Peter Wintonick passed away this Monday, November 18, at the age of 60, struck by liver cancer. A producer, a director, a critic, an editor and a programmer, Peter Wintonick devoted a large part of his life to independent cinema. His filmography included fiction features, documentaries, educative and sociopolitical films.

Wintonick had notably produced and directed with Mark Achbar Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, which won many international awards. Among his filmography, we also find Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment and Seeing Is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News. Peter Wintonick regularly collaborated to different film magazines and with several festivals and institutions throughout the world. He also taught cinema in several universities, notably at Concordia University. In 2006, Peter Wintonick received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Yesterday, the RIDM organized a special screening of PilgrIMAGE, his last film codirected with his daughter Mira Burt-Wintonick, in order to pay tribute to him and to gather all of the filmmaker’s friends together around a brunch. Several of them were able to share stories and memories with the people present. Daniel Cross (EyeSteelFilm) presented Peter Wintonick as "the Buddha that holds our international documentary community together with love, empathy, peace and justice."

The Montreal International Documentary Festival offers its most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Peter Wintonick.

Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festival presents the best reality-based films, including the works of established directors and new talents.

The 16th RIDM are taking place from November 13 to 24, 2013 at Cinéma du Parc, Excentris, the Cinémathèque québécoise and Concordia University.

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