FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
White Pine Pictures takes a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Ontario Government
TORONTO, CANADA – JANUARY 26, 2015 – White Pine Pictures begins production this week on a cinema verité-style documentary film that explores the decision-making process in the lead up to the Ontario 2015 budget. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, the film will follow Premier Kathleen Wynne and her senior team as they prepare for a pivotal moment in Ontario’s history. The film will give Ontarians a first-hand account of how decisions are made at the highest levels of government.
Producers of the film are Emmy-Award filmmaker and president of White Pine Pictures, Peter Raymont (Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, 2004; Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009); West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, 2013) and Andrew Munger (Campaign: The Making of a Candidate, 2003).
In 1978, Raymont directed and wrote the NFB documentary The Art of the Possible filmed over several weeks inside the office of Ontario Premier William Davis. The film was screened at TIFF and broadcast on the CBC.
“We are delighted to be producing this film that will help reveal the fascinating process of government and politics during this transformative time,” says Raymont. “As with The Art of the Possible, I expect that following the TVO broadcast, this film will be used to teach civics in classrooms across the country for many years to come.”
The director of this new film is Roxana Spicer, a 30-year veteran of documentary and current affairs production, working with the CBC, Discovery and other networks.
The documentary is licensed by TVO, with financing from several other sources. TVO plans for a broadcast premiere in the spring of 2015.
“Peter Raymont is a great documentary filmmaker whose career is one of unflinching examination of important issues and personalities. He’s put together an excellent team to tell a unique Ontario story that should be of interest to everyone,” says John Ferri, Vice-President, Current Affairs and Documentaries for TVO.
About White Pine Pictures
White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and digital production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company is recognized internationally as a high quality production house with a reputation for compelling visual styles and depth of content. White Pine has produced more than 100 films, including the Emmy Award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features, A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, and the award-winning documentary Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma. White Pine is also producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes), currently available on Netflix and iTunes. More information about White Pine Pictures can be found on the company’s website at www.whitepinepictures.com.