Winds Of Heaven: Emily Carr, Carvers & The Spirits Of The Forest

A film by Michael Ostroff | Canada | English | 87'

A substantial film, Flows like acrylic paint across canvas”
– Peter Goddard, THE TORONTO STAR

“Visually sumptuous . . . eye popping . . . inspiring story.”
– John Doyle, THE GLOBE & MAIL

“Stirring…stunning…ambitious…Carr’s fierce emotional spirit comes alive”

“Ambitious, impressionistic, and endowed with a stunning wealth of archival imagery, Winds of Heaven stands as the definitive, critical film portrait of Emily Carr.”

Congratulations to John Walker for winning the Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Cinematography for his extraordinary images in Winds Of Heaven: Emily Carr, Carvers & The Spirits Of The Forest.

An impressionistic exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. Emily Carr began painting in an era when women didn’t, at an age when most people shouldn’t, traveling to remote locations that few professional adventurers chose to go. Not only did she adopt the painting techniques of modernism, when such ideas were considered dangerous, Carr chronicled the extraordinary art and culture of native peoples, who were invisible to the dominant culture.

Produced by Cine Metu in co-production with White Pine Pictures and in association with Bravo! A division of CTV limited, TVOntario, and the Knowledge Network, with the particiation of the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, and the Canadian Television Fund, and in association with the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Heffel Gallery, Masters Gallery, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Since its premiere in 2010, Winds of Heaven has been screened in Victoria, Vancouver, Haida Gwaii, Whitehorse, Kamloops,Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Windsor, Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, North Bay, Montreal, Wakefield, Wolfville, Collingwood and Fredericton.

It was invited to the following festivals – Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival International du Film sur L’Art, the Reel Artists Film Festival, Available Light Film Festival, Doc North Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Minneapolis International Film Festival.

It was seen in the following art galleries and museums – National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery Greater Victoria, Kamloops Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, University of Alberta Museums, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Art Gallery Windsor, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery.

It was broadcast on Bravo! in January 2011 and will be broadcast in it’s entirety on TV Ontario in 2012.

John Walker was awarded the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award: Best Documentary Photography for his extraordinary images in Winds of Heaven. (April 2011)

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