“Doc fulfills its promise when Lawren Harris’ words wash over us as the camera lingers on his art. In these moments, the spiritual journey promised in the title comes alive.”

Johanna Schneller

Toronto Star

“Treat yourself to a moving and entertaining look at a Canadian original”

Bill Brioux


“Revelatory . . . The filmmakers gained insight into Harris’ process.”

Laurent La Rose

The Canadian Press

“Gorgeous . . . Visually, it is lovely . . . The program has much to offer.”

John Doyle

The Globe and Mail

Documentary Feature | 59min & 90min | Completed


 An intimate portrait of Canada’s most renowned artist, and the expansive landscapes that inspired him. Co-founder and leader of the legendary Group of Seven, Harris has become the most valued artist in Canadian history. His canvasses routinely sell at auction for several million dollars.

Who was this curious man, raised in a family of wealth and privilege, whose notebook doodlings compelled a professor to suggest he try art studies in Europe? Why was Harris so determined to battle the critics and paint a radical new vision of Canada with bold brush strokes and brilliant colours? And what led this driven man to the spiritual realm of stylized abstraction?

Producers: Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont

Produced with the generous permission of Stewart Sheppard, grandson of and executor for Lawren Harris
Based, in part, on Inward Journey: The Life of Lawren Harris, by James King.

Produced in association with TVO, documentary Channel, YES TV with the participation of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Rogers Group of Funds, the Bell Fund, the Canada Media Fund


August 17, 2018
JLA Film Festival, Apsley, ON


Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto, ON
Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, BC
Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts, Jasper, AB
Algoma Fall Festival, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
The Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club, Toronto, ON
The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
The York Club, Toronto, ON
Windsor International Film Festival, Windsor, ON
Princess Cinemas Waterloo, ON
Cinecenta, Victoria, BC
Eric Marting Pavilion Theatre, Victoria, BC
Princess Twin, Waterloo, ON
Collingwood Cinema Club, Collingwood, ON
Fundy Cinema, Wolfville, NS
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope, ON
The Park Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, Calgary AB
Cineplex Cinemas Parklane, Halifax, NS
Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas, Ottawa, ON
Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP, Toronto, ON
Cinecenta, Victoria, BC
The Screening Room, Kingston, ON
Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB
Cinematheque, Winnipeg, AB
Belfountain Heritage Society, Erin, ON
Gorge Cinema, Elora Gorge, ON
Salt Spring Film Festival, Salt Spring, BC
Downtown DocFest, Belleville, ON
ByTowne Cinema, Ottawa, ON
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Pembroke, Bermuda
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON – National Canadian Film Day
Kumu Art Museum, Estonia, Tallinn
Miner’s Museum, Glace Bay, NS
Oakville Arts and Film Festival, Oakville, ON
Cinemagique, Cinema Du Parc, Montreal, QC
Atlin Arts Film Festival, Whitehorse, YT
Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Huntsville, ON
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Queen of the Square Cinema, Stratford, ON
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, ON
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
Metro Cinema, Edmonton, AB