New revelations about Thomson’s life, art and death.



West wind: the vision
of tom thomson

Directors: Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont
Peter Raymont & Nancy Lang
Nancy Lang, Rebecca Middleton & Monica Penner
Michèle Hozer
Supervising Producer: Kelly Jenkins

2011 • 90, 60 & 47 min

Tom Thomson is one of Canada’s most beloved painters. Described as our “greatest colourist” and “our Van Gogh”, Thomson’s expressive and vibrant interpretations of the northern landscape have become iconic representations of Canada.

On July 8, 1917, just as he was reaching ascendancy in his craft, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced 8 days later. The cause of his death remains a mystery.

What is it about Tom Thomson’s life, art and death that haunts us still, that draws thousands to his cairn in Algonquin Park each summer and propels his little sketches to the stratosphere of the Canadian art market? West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson unravels many of the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist.

Filmed in Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, Toronto, Seattle and Leith, featuring rare archival footage, newly discovered audio recordings of those who knew Thomson, and paintings from private collections by Canada’s most celebrated artist.

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Best Music in a Documentary



• Best Editing in a Documentary



• Allan King Award for Excellence on Documentary


Film North, Huntsville, ON (Film North Link)
Cinefest, Sudbury International Film Festival, ON
Vancouver International Film Festival, BC
Dulwich Picture Gallery, UK
Isabel Bader Theatre, screening for cast, crew and supporters
McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinberg, ON
Windsor International Film Festival, ON
inecenta Theatre, Victoria, BC
Reel Alternatives, Huntsville, ON
Salt Spring Film Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC
Belleville Public Library & John M. Parrott Art Gallery, ON
Earl Haig School, Toronto, ON
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
FIFA – Festival International du Film sur l’Art, Montreal, QC
Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinemateque, MB
Wakefield International Film Festival, Wakefield, QC
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC
The Vogue Cinema, Sackville, NS
The Rooms, St. John’s, NFLD
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON
Minneapolis Film Festival, St. Paul, MN, USA
Fundy Film Society Screening, Wolfville, NS
Parklane Empire Theatre, Halifax, NS
Bayer’s Lake Empire Theatre, Halifax, NS
The Screening Room, Kingston, ON
Film Circuit, Haliburton, ON
Gayety Theatre, Collingwood, ON
Paramont Theatre, Kelowna, BC
Paramont Theatre, Kamloops, BC
Princess Cinemas, Waterloo, ON
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
The Plaza Theatre, Calgary, AB
Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON
Princess Theatre, Edmonton, AB
Rialto Theatre, Courtenay, BC
Avalon Cinemas, Nanaimo, BC
Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
The Capital Theatre, Port Hope, ON

The Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
Princess Twin Theatre, Waterloo, ON
Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON
The Gorge Cinema, Elora, ON
Parish Hall, St. Christopher’s Church, MacGregor Bay, ON
Lakefield Literary Festival, Lakefield College School, ON
Stony Lake Film Festival, Juniper Island, ON
Ojibway Club, Point au Baril, Georgian Bay, ON
Iron City, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, ON
Chester Playhouse, Chester, NS
Charles W. Stockey Centre for Performing Arts, Parry Sound, ON
Galaxy Cinema, Midland, ON
Haskell Opera House, Stanstead, QC
Galaxy Cinema, Orangeville, ON
Algoma Fall Festival, Algoma, ON
Cinema du Parc, Montreal, PQ
Hudson Film Society, Hudson, ON
Rosedale United Church, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Dunning Hall Auditorium, Kingston, ON
Tomahawk Club, Georgian Bay, ON
The MacCallum Cottage, West Wind Island, Georgian Bay, ON
Rainbow Center, Sudbury, ON
Valley Docfest, Documentary Film Festival, Pembroke, ON
Cinema du Parc, Montreal, PQ
Hudson Film Society, Hudson, ON
Rosedale United Church, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Eric Martin Theatre, Victoria, BC
Dunning Hall Auditorium, Kingston, ON
Tomahawk Club, Georgian Bay, ON
The Jackman Cottage, West Wind Island, Georgian Bay, ON
Rainbow Center, Sudbury, ON
Algonquin Visitor’s Center, Algonquin Park, ON
Valley Docfest, Documentary Film Festival, Pembroke, ON
Marigold Cultural Centre. Truro, NS Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON
Kumu Art Museum, Estonia, Tallinn
ByTowne Cinema, Ottawa, ON
Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Huntsville, ON
Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, ON

Produced by White Pine Pictures in association with Bravo!, a division of CTV limited Inc., Knowledge Network CorporationTVOntarioSaskatchewan Communications Network 
and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Funds.

As gorgeous as the iconic artist’s paintings…West Wind is a great story of a great artist
— The Ottawa Citizen
Fresh, with journalistic coups
Very enjoyable, visually stunning and thoughtful. As in their recent collaboration, “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould”, Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer investigate a genius and the nature of his genius.
— Vancouver International Film Festival


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