Humans – “And He Goes”
White Pine Pictures is an independent, Canadian film and television production company based in Toronto. For 39 years White Pine Pictures has engaged audiences worldwide with compelling stories in documentary and dramatic form. Under the leadership of Peter Raymont, our film, television, and interactive productions have earned over 76 awards, including Genies, Geminis, several Gold and Silver Hugos and The Sesterce d’Argent. We have become trusted suppliers of documentary programs to all Canadian broadcasters, and to BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Nat Geo, France 2, ZDF-ARTE, SVT, NHK, ABC, SBS among many others.
White Pine’s breakout documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire was honoured with the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentaries at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary. This influential feature film had a profound impact on audiences around the world. Other White Pine documentary features include the Oscar-shortlisted A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (2008) and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010). As with many of our films Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr, premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival, and was honoured with three Canadian Screen Awards. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016) also premiered at TIFF, has been screened at many film festivals and broadcast worldwide.
We have produced 4 theatrically-released documentaries on Canadian artists – Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and The Group of Seven. Premiering a film festivals, these films attract large audiences in commercial theatres, on television, and have been honoured with many awards.
In 2007, White Pine Pictures extended its documentary pedigree into the world of drama, producing three seasons of The Border (38 X 1hr), an audience favourite and award-winner for CBC Television, now seen in over 30 countries and versioned into 20 languages. The Border was created by Peter Raymont and Lindalee Tracey with Janet MacLean and Jeremy Hole from their many years of frontline research and their production of The Undefended Border, a documentary series featuring unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes action of immigration and security policing.
The Border was followed by Cracked a 21 X 1 hr crime/medical drama, featuring David Sutcliffe as a seasoned police officer at the helm of the Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit, who is himself affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Cracked aired for two seasons on the CBC and was sold to commercial broadcasters worldwide. We have several drama series in active development with broadcasters and co-production partners in Canada and the UK.
White Pine’s experienced management team of Peter Raymont, Steve Ord, Andrew Munger, Karynn Austin and Davida Gragor are committed to engaging audiences across genres and platforms with stories that matter. We take pride in working with the best creative talent and respected international partners who embrace the depth of content and high production values that define us.