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Wintopia


My father, renowned doc maker Peter Wintonick (Manufacturing Consent, Seeing is Believing), passed away in November 2013. Almost immediately after being diagnosed with cancer, Peter started planning his next film, what he knew would likely be his final film. He wasted no time with self-pity or denial, transforming all his energy into creative momentum. Peter’s mantra in those last two months was “Be Here Now,” but really that’s a philosophy he lived by his whole life. Unfortunately, he didn’t have as much time left as we’d all hoped and the project remains unfinished. With your help, we are determined to see it through, not only to keep Peter’s spirit alive, but because his final film holds wisdom he had yet to impart.

For the past two decades, Peter had been obsessed with Utopia. He shot hours and hours of footage as he journeyed around the world on his quest. Utopia literally translates as “No Place” or “Not a Place,” so I would sometimes ask him why he was traveling in search of something that doesn’t exist. He’d reply that “Utopias place pictures of possible worlds in our minds.” Peter devoted his life to the idea of a possible world, of a better world, and he believed that documentaries were key in helping us make that world a reality.

 

 

With the help of award-winning EyeSteelFilm (Last Train Home, The Fruit Hunters) and drawing on the footage that Peter himself shot over the years, Be Here Now promises to be a very special film. With Peter as our guide, we will explore the world’s imagined Utopias, from Don Quixote’s idealism in Spain, to an artist co-op in the Australian Outback, to Gandhi’s backyard of peaceful resistance. With each step of the journey, we will be one step closer to understanding Peter’s own Utopia, his Wintopia, the imagined place he curated through his obsessions with art, advocacy and life itself.

Be Here Now will stand as a tribute to a visionary man who inspired countless people around the globe, and will also resonate as the story of a daughter trying to connect with her father through the legacy he left behind. The film won’t be the same without him (how could it be?), but we will do our best to make it something worthy of him. With your support, and the creative team behind this project fully devoted to giving it their all, we can bring Peter’s final vision to life.

-Mira Burt-Wintonick

Funders:

We would like to thank the following people for their generous contributions to Peter’s final film. We were able to raise over $37,000 to put towards the project. We have been blown away by the warm reception this project has received in its very early stages and are grateful for the encouragement. Peter would be thrilled to see how many people have so generously offered their support in bringing his final vision to life.

Special thanks to Hot Docs/Doc IgniteIDFA, and CG&I (Carolyn Bourke and Jorge Troconis) for helping to set up the fundraising platforms.

Thanks for the generous donations:

Adam Gollner
Adèle Charlebois
Alice & Claire Rosenbaum
Allie Caldwell
Allison Gonsalves
Amber Berson
Amber Huntley
Amit Breuer
Amy Lam
Ana Serrano
Andrea Kuhn
Andrew Lima
Angeliki Petrou
Anita Aloisio
Ann Lang
Ann Shin
Anna Rodgers
Anna Van der Wee
Anna-Karin Grönroos
Anne Pick
Anne-Marie Ellis
Anuj Khosla
Asako Fujioka
Ashley Duong
Atom, Arsinee & Arshile Egoyan
Barbara Doran
Barbara Shrier
Barri Cohen
Barry Greenwald
Barry Stevens
Bart Simpson
Ben Tsiang, on behalf of CNEX
Benoit Felici
Betsy Carson
Bianca Winter
Bill Kerrigan
Blaine Allan
Blair Pardy
Bob Culbert
Bobbi Jo Krals
Brenda E Davis
Brenda Goldblatt
Brenda Kovrig
Brett Hendrie
Brian Winston
Bruce McDonald
C S J Black
Cameron, Lena, Adele, Émilie, Olivia & Élaine Charlebois
Carbon Arc Cinema
Carmen Garcia
Carol Brandt
Carol Nahra
Caroline Christie
Caroline Goldie
Caroline Martel
Carrie Haber
Catherine & Peggy Lathwell
Catherine Le Clef & Maelle from CAT&Docs
Catherine Legault
Catherine Russell
Chance Muehleck
Charlie Phillips
Charlotte Cook
Charlotte Selb
Chris Clarke
Chris Joyner
Chris Straw, Linda Groen and & Network Talk Radio, CBC
Christina Horne
Christina Rogers
Christine Clarke
Christine Hare
Christine York
Christopher DiRaddo
Christopher Johnstone
Christopher Smith
Christy Garland
Christy Thompson
Cinema Politica
Colin Brunton
Colin Mackenzie
Courtney Butler
Cristal Duhaime
Cristina Usubiaga
Cynthia Kane
Dale MacLean
Daniel Beirne
Daniel Cross
Danièle Lacourse
Daphne Santos-Vieira
Dara Moats
Darrell Varga
David Baumann
David Dufresne
David Gutnick
David Herman
David Mundy
David Piperni
Debbie Ruda & Matt Baxter
Debra Zimmerman
Denis Mc Cready
Dianne Ouellette
Dimitris Triantopoulos
Dipti Gupta
Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg
Doug Block
Edith Rey
Elaine Litmann
Elena Fortes
Elijah Horwatt
Elisa Paloschi
Elizabeth A Ferguson
Emilie Charlebois
Emily Gan
Emily Murphy
Emily Russo, Nancy Gerstman & Zeitgeist Films
Emma Franz
Eric Glowa & Elisa Boily
Erin Lau
Erin Olsheskie
Ernest Godin
Eva Madden
Eva Rink
Fee Plumley
Fleur Knopperts
Florencia Maria Di Concilio
Fran Yanor
Frances Ravensbergen
Frank Opolko
Frederic Bohbot
Fredrik, Elin, Agnes & Margarete Jangård of WG Film
Gael MacLean
Gail Singer
Gail Vanstone
Geoff Bowie,
Geoff Morrison
Gina & David Driedger
Ginny Stikeman
Gisele Gordon
Giulia Frati
Glenn Hodgins
Gord & Debbie Caldwell
Grace McDonald
Gwynne Basen
H Jean Pierre Legault
Halima Ouardiri
Heather Croall
Heather Millard from Spier Films
Heidi Fleisher
Helene Klodawsky
Howard Wiseman
IDFA
Jacob Potashnik
James McNally
James & Shannon Olsheskie
James Orbinski
James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot
Jan Bednarz
Jan Rofekamp
Jane Savarise
Jason O’Hara
Jason & Karen Olsheskie
Jayce Salloum
Jean-Francois Mean
Jean-Philippe Tremblay
Jeffrey May
Jennifer Code
Jennifer Hulme
Jennifer Warren
Jeremy Clarke
Jeri Helen
Jerry McIntosh
Jerry McIntosh
Jesper Osmund
Jesse Wente
Jessica Douglas-Henry
Joan Irving
Joan Preston
JoAnne Fishburn
Jo-Anne Velin
Jody Shapiro
Joe & Loren Berlinger
Joe Balass
John Christou
John Maringouin
John Shnier
John Walker
Jonathan Goldstein
Jonathan Yu
Joni Dufour
Jozef Racek
Julia Cooper
Julia Meltzer
Julia Meltzer & David Thorne
Julie Bergeron
Justine Skahan
Kaitlin Knyf
Karen Gordon
Karen Shopsowitz
Karl A Boudjikanian
Karolina Lidin
Katerina Cizek
Katherine Shaw
Kathleen Mackey
Kathy Loizou
Keith Burgoyne
Kelly Mason
Kenichi Imamura
Kevin Tierney
Kieran Crilly
Kim Harris
Kirsten Kieninger
Krzysztof Kopczynski
Lambert Meertens
Laura Nix
Laura Sky
Le Li
Leah Freeman
Leena Pasanen
Linda Wright
Lindsay Holton
Lindsay Michael
Lisa Marie Rupniewski
Lisa Plekhanova
Lixin Fan
Liz Miller
Lori Craig
Lorna Thomas
Louise & Jóhann Johannsson
Lucie Tremblay
Lucy Walker
Ludmila Pachepsky
Luisa Dantas
Lydia Shemeluck
Malgosia Mikula
Manfred Becker
Marcy Goldberg
Margaret S.Martin
Marie Gignac
Marie Natanson
Marie Serdynska
Marie-France Côté
Marja Pallassalo
Marjorie Raynor
Mark Achbar & Siobhan Flanagan
Mark Hamilton
Mark Slutsky
Marlene Millar
Marlo Miazga
Marnie Affleck
Marteinn Thorsson
Martin Duckworth
Martin Rosenbaum & Jill Evans
Marty Green
Matt Adams,
Matt Forsythe
Matthieu Lietaert
Maureen Judge
Maya Gallus
Melanie Wallace, NOVA
Meredith Dellandrea
Michael Hollingsworth & Deanne Taylor
Michael Robbins
Michael Wray
Michel Gelinas
Michelle Gagnon
Michelle Mama
Michina Pope
Michka Saal
Mitch Davis
Miriam & Richard Sabourin
Mollie Witenoff
Molly McKay
Monica Rorvik
Morgan Spurlock
Mujahid Suliman
Myriam Lisée-Castan
Nadaa Baqui
Nadia Collot
Nadine Pequeneza
Nancy Willson
Neal Livingston
Neepa Majumdar
Nettie Wild
Nick Phillips
Nicole Lefaivre
Nicole Tsien,
Nicolina Lanni
Niels Kierulf
Noah Bingham
Norma Dixon
Owain Harris
Owen Chapman
Pamela Segger
Pamela Yates
Panuksmi Hardjowirogo
Paramita Nath
Pascal Schmitz
Pat Ferns
Patrycja Cieniewicz
Patti Skinner
Paul Fontaine
Paula Vaccaro
Peter Raymont
Philippa Kowarsky
Piers Handling, Michèle Maheux & TIFF
Qi Zhao
Rachel Hoffman
Rachel Wexler
Rae Staseson
Rajesh Thind
Rebecca Lessard
Richard Crouse
Riddle Films
Robert Gray
Robert Lang
Robert Seely
Rod Anstee
Rosanna Maule
Rose-Marie Couture
Roxanne Sayegh
Sabrina Mathews
Samara Grace Chadwick
Sandra Leuba & Mark Bochsler
Sandra Picheca
Sandra Ruch
Sara Beresford
Sara Penny
Sarah Lancaster
Sarah Spring
Sarah Zammit
Sasha Dyck
Shannon Brownlee
Shannon McArthur
Shannon Walsh
Sharon Hyman
Shayne Gryn
Sheila Fischman
Simon Kilmurry, Cynthia Lopez and the POV Family
Sophie Glowa
Sophie Laurent
Sophie Parrault
Sophie Tremblay
Stefanie and Trent Partner
Stefano Strocchi
Stephanie McArthur
Stephen Nelson
Stephen Rathwell
Steve Suderman
Stuart Stilitz
Susannah Heath-Eves
Susanne Guggenberger
Susette Wilson
Suzanne & Barry Olsheskie
Sylvaine Dufaux
Sylvie Hogue
Taco Ruighaver
Tamara Lynch
Tamara Scherbak
Terry Cullinan
Theresa Olsheskie
Thorsten Schuette
Tim Schwab
Tinus Kramer
Tobin Dalrymple
Tom Perlmutter
Tom Shoebridge
Tonje Schei
Toronto Film Critics Association
Tracey Meyer
Trevor Anderson
Trish Dolman
Valerie Fox
Valerie Shamash
Vanessa Allen
Vanessa Caldwell
Vasiliki Papagianni
Walter Chang
Warren Chien
Will Tizard
Xavier Richard
Yukihiko Amagi
Yvonne Lau
Zena Wright

Very special thanks to the following for lots of help/support these last few months:
Joan Churchill, Greg Glynn, Roxanne Sayegh, Charlotte Selb, Daniela Pinna and the RIDM team, Hot Docs (Chris McDonald – Brett Hendrie and team); IDFA (Ally Derks – Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen – Martijn te Pas – Annabet Langkamp and team) ; Sheffield Film Festival (Heather Croall – Charlie Phillips – Hussain Currimbhoy and team); Bloor-HotDocs Cinema (Allie Caldwell – Robin Smith and team); Memorial Film Crews (Martin Duckworth – Glenn Hodgins – Marco Luna – Victor Arroyo)

 

 

 

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