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Canadian Documentary Filmmaker Peter Wintonick Has Passed Away

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 18, 2013 at 11:28AM

Peter Wintonick -- a filmmaker, journalist, festival programmer and mentor who was a beloved presence in the international documentary film world -- passed away this morning in Montreal.
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RIDM Peter Wintonick and his daughter Mira Burt-Wintonick in "PilgrIMAGE"

Peter Wintonick -- a filmmaker, journalist, festival programmer and mentor who was a beloved presence in the international documentary film world -- passed away this morning in Montreal.

Born in Trenton, Ontario in 1953, Wintonick was a pioneering voice in the  documentary film world. His career spanned 35 years, with involvement in more than 100 films and transmedia projects.  Among them were 1992's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" and 2000's "Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment," both documentary features he directed (the former with Mark Achbar).

He notably won the Canadian Governor General's Award in 2006 for Visual and Media Arts (Canada's highest such honor), and was one of the founders of DocAgora, an event inserted into various film festivals showcasing cutting-edge digital strategies.

Wintonick announced a few weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with Cholangio Carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer. He was using the diagnosis as motivation for a new film, "Be Here Now," at the time of his death. You can donate to help the film get completed by his colleagues at EyeSteelFilm here.

We also invite you to use the comments section of this article to share your own memories of Peter.


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