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White Pine Pictures
is an independent, Canadian film and television production company based in Toronto. Founded in 1978 as Investigative Productions by filmmaker Peter Raymont, the company grew into White Pine Pictures when writer/filmmaker Lindalee Tracey teamed with Raymont.

Their creative collaboration led to many award-winning productions -- including the 4-season/52-episode documentary television series A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada , and their three hour series The Undefended Border , featuring unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes action of immigration and security policing. This creative richness continues today with the $18 million 13-hour drama series, The Border , created by Tracey and Raymont from their many years of frontline research.  The Border is now in production for primetime broadcast on CBC Television in January 2008.

Lindalee Tracey tragically succumbed to breast cancer in October, 2006, just as the pilot episode of  The Border was being shot. Her legacy is carried forward through the Lindalee Tracey Award, a memorial endowment awarded annually at The Hot Docs Documentary Festival to an emerging Canadian filmmaker working in the spirit of Lindalee, with a sense of social justice and a sense of humour.   

White Pine Pictures' success as a high-quality, boutique production house with a solid reputation for compelling visual styles and depth of content is built upon longtime relationships with Canadian talent and key industry players, such as international distributor Jan Rofekamp of FilmsTransit, who recently sold Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire to every major world market and is now representing White Pine's latest documentary, A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman. With the addition to the White Pine team of veteran television producer Janice Dawe as Head of Production and Business Affairs; filmmaker and writer Patrick Reed (Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope ) as Head of Development; and television news and documentary producer Julia Bennett as Head of Distribution and New Media, White Pine Pictures is embarking on a path of expansion and revenue growth. In 2007-2008 White Pine will see a five-fold increase in factual and dramatic television production; the creation of bold new web and mobile-based interactive projects; and a commitment to maximizing the exploitation of its significant and valuable library.

Working with the best Canadian writers, cinematographers and post-production talent, White Pine Pictures has earned over 40 international awards, including Genies and Geminis, several Gold and Silver Hugos, The Sesterce d'Argent and other international honours. In 2005, Peter Raymont's breakthrough documentary Shake Hands with the Devil  received the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, and in 2007, a News and Documentary Emmy Award. These honours have generated increased international interest in White Pine and continues to open the door to an array of new production opportunities.

White Pine Pictures is a trusted and regular supplier of documentary programs to all Canadian broadcasters, and internationally to BBC and Channel 4 (UK), PBS-ITVS and Nat Geo (U.S.), France 2, SVT (Sweden), ABC and SBS (Australia) among many others.

 

White Pine Pictures is a division of Investigative Productions Inc. which has been in business
since 1978

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White Pine Pictures

822 Richmond Street West, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1C9
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