White Pine Pictures presents

West Wind Interactive – www.TomThomsonArt.ca

Like the poems of Leonard Cohen, the novels of Margaret Atwood, and the ballads of Gordon Lightfoot, the paintings of Tom Thomson have shaped our country’s view of itself.

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, the award-winning feature length documentary, and its innovative on-line companion, www.TomThomsonArt.ca, shines a spotlight on one of Canada’s most beloved artists.

West Wind Interactive – www.TomThomsonArt.ca
Prior to the October 7 broadcast, viewers can wet their appetites beginning September 24, by logging onto www.TomThomsonArt.ca where intriguing details of Tom Thomson’s life and work can be discovered. This comprehensive interactive site is a visual array of photographs, letters, documents, maps – and – paintings!

Follow Thomson’s biographical trail. His childhood home in Leith, Ontario, his years in the gold-rush frontier town of Seattle, Toronto, the place of his artistic coming of age with those who became known as the Group of Seven, to Georgian Bay and Algonquin Park, the northern wilderness that inspired him to paint.

Those who continue to wonder about the mysterious death of Tom Thomson can read eyewitness accounts, the coroner’s report and other documents to draw their own conclusions. And vote on what they think happened that fateful day in July 1917.

Tom Thomson is brought into the 21st century with the reflections of contemporary Canadian artists, who share their fascination and personal connection to Tom Thomson: David Blackwood, Kim Dorland, Mendelson Joe, Charles Pachter, Kurt Swinghammer and Diana Thorneycroft,

The highlight of www.TomThomsonArt.ca is of course the paintings! Thanks to the support and generosity of the Art Gallery of Ontario, The National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Tom Thomson Gallery, Canadians will see 182 of Tom Thomson’s sketches and paintings together for the first time in www.TomThomsonart.ca’s spectacular online collection.

Curators of The Art Gallery of Ontario, The National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection and The Tom Thomson Gallery take visitors on a personal tour through their collections.

There are very few photographs of Tom Thomson, so it is extraordinarily exciting that 2 new photographs have been discovered in a private collection. And even more exciting that the family has generously given permission for these photos to be shared for the first time on www.TomThomsonArt.ca .

www.TomThomsonArt.ca is more than a companion piece to the feature film, it is a stand alone treasure trove for educators, students, curators and historians to fans of Thomson and art lovers everywhere.

West Wind Interactive – www.TomThomsonArt.ca is produced by White Pine Pictures, with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Bell Media, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson is produced by White Pine Pictures in association with BRAVO, Knowledge Network Corporation, TV Ontario, Saskatchewan Communications Network, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Funds.


About White Pine Pictures

White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media 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 Pictures prides itself on its longtime relationships with Canadian talent and key industry players worldwide. White Pine has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, the Oscar-shortlisted A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, 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, produced for the CBC, sold internationally to 25 broadcasters and versioned into 11 languages. The pilot for a new CBC drama series CRACKED was shot in October 2011. More information about White Pine Pictures is available at www.whitepinepictures.com.

For screeners, more info and to book an interview with filmmakers
Peter Raymont, Michèle Hozer
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online producer, researcher Nancy Lang please contact:

Virginia Kelly, Meghan Parnell
V Kelly & Associates
416-466-9799, info@vkpr.ca