FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA HONOURS EMILY CARR WITH SPECIAL PRESENTATION SCREENING OF NEW DOCUMENTARY BY MICHAEL OSTROFF

OTTAWA, March 4th, 2010 – Cine Metu Productions and White Pine Pictures and are pleased to announce the premiere screening of their feature-length documentary, Winds of Heaven: Emily Carr, Carvers & The Spirits of the Forest, to take place on Sunday, March 28th at 2:45pm at the National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa). Featuring over 120 original Emily Carr works from galleries and private collections across the country, the 90-minute film is the largest scale documentary undertaken by an Ottawa film company since Budge Crawley’s 1975 Oscar winning production The Man Who Skied Down Everest.

Winds of Heaven is an impressionistic, luminous exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. The film features the veteran Stratford actress Diane D’Aquila in a tour-de-force reading as the voice of Emily Carr and the incomparable images of award-winning director of photography John Walker.

Ottawa-based Director Michael Ostroff of Cine Metu has collaborated with some of Ottawa’s finest film craftspeople, including the composer of the original music score, Edmund Eagan, sound effects designer, Lee Uttley, and set builder Victor Elliott. A number of the principal players of Eagan’s score are graduates of Canterbury Arts High School, and current students of the school contributed with a brass arrangement, performing two of historic melodies.

“This is an evocative and impressionistic film similar in style to my feature length film Pegi Nicol: Something Dancing About Her (2005),” explains Michael Ostroff. “It avoids the predictable and informative style of the ‘bio-pic documentary’.  Instead the film – with its understated style and rhythm – explores Carr and the influences on her through the imaginative use of archival footage, recreated sets, and off-camera dramatic reads.”

Five years in the making, Ostroff partnered with Emmy award-winning Peter Raymont of White Pine Pictures (Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould) to insure the production would have the very best creative and production team.  The film also enjoys the support of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as 8 additional galleries and museums across the country. The cooperation of the Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm, Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, Weston Foundation, Heffel Gallery and Masters Gallery was integral to the production of this film. Negotiations are in progress for limited theatrical release, and the documentary will be broadcast nationally on Bravo! in 2011, with subsequent broadcasts on TVO and Knowledge.

About White Pine Pictures

White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Helmed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, White Pine has produced over 100 films, including the Oscar-shortlisted A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman. White Pine is also the producer of the hit TV drama series, The Border, which has aired in 22 countries.

About Cine Metu Productions.

Based in Ottawa, Cine Metu specializes in documentary films exploring aspects of Canada’s culture including To Think Like a Composer; Pegi Nicol: Something Dancing About Her; Budge: The One True Happiness of F.R. Budge Crawley and Speaking of Movies.

Media Inquiries:

Heather Phenix
White Pine Pictures
(416) 703- 5580 x. 237
heather@whitepinepictures.com

Sabrina Mathews
(613) 698-9816
smathews@magma.ca

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