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Group of Seven Film Festival
Three fabulous films about 7 of Canada’s most iconic artists
Each night will feature a different film about the Group of 7 and will include a wine tasting featuring The McMichael Collection Group of Seven wines followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Nancy Lang, for the first two evenings and McMichael Canadian Art Collection representative for the third.
The documentaries will be shown on three separate evenings:
Painted Land, November 26, 2016
West Wind The Vision of Tom Thomson, January 21, 2017 with special guest singer/song writer Max Layton performing his original song “Tom Thomson” from his new album “True The North”
Where the Universe Sings – The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris, February 25, 2017.
7pm Wine Tasting
8pm Screening followed by Q&A
Location: Centre 2000, 14 Boland Drive, Erin, Ontario
Lawren Harris stars as the Group Of Seven Film Festival wraps this Saturday in Erin with guest speaker Lorraine Matheson of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection!
The Group of Seven Film Festival & Wine Tasting, hosted by the Belfountain Heritage Society, concludes this Saturday, February 25th, with the screening of, “Where the Universe Sings – The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris”.
Following the screening of this new release film, Lorraine Matheson of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will speak about the Group of Seven co-founder and leader, and share highlights of the Lawren Harris exhibit at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, part of the gallery’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
The evening kicks off at 7pm with a wine tasting reception featuring the McMichael Collection Group of Seven wines at the Centre 2000 Theatre, 14 Boland Drive, Erin.
The Belfountain Heritage Society is organized the Group of Seven Film Festival to bring to prominence the many works of Canada’s most iconic artists painted locally as part of their activities to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. Proceeds benefit arts and culture in the area such as the 4th Annual Belfountain Music Festival and the historic Melville White Church, built by Erin founder, Daniel McMillan, in 1837. With the loss of the Mundell Lumber Mill, the timber frame church is the oldest remaining structure in the area constructed by the McMillan brothers 180 years ago.
Tickets can be purchased at www.belfountainheritage.com
Adult $30/screening in advance or $35 at the door
Student $25/screening or $30 at the door
(student 18 years of age or younger)
Purchase your Tickets right here: Please print your email receipt and bring it with you the night of the screening.
Group of Seven Film Festival Pass – Adult – Remaining 2 Films – $50
Group of Seven Film Festival Pass – Student – Remaining 2 Films – $40
Jan 21 – The Vision of Tom Thomson – Adult Ticket – $30
Jan 21 – The Vision of Tom Thomson – Student Ticket – $25
Feb 25 – The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris – Adult Ticket – $30
Feb 25 – The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris – Student Ticket – $25
Please print your email receipt and bring it with you the night of the screening
Painted Land – In Search of the Group of Seven
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
“The most important thing a painter can do is find a good place to sit.” – J.E.H. MacDonald
One would think The Group of Seven needs no introduction. Their iconic works are known to millions of Canadians, yet few are familiar with the lives of the artists themselves. Why did they choose locations in the remote, rugged wilderness of northern Ontario? Does anyone know precisely where they went?
Past meets present in a film that is evocative in approach, energized by breathtaking cinematography and an uplifting musical score, and offers a new and articulate voice to the artists who were the Group of Seven. Painted Land weaves seamlessly the experiences of Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson – with the adventures of three modern day sleuths. Historian Michael Burtch, and the writer and photographer team of Gary and Joanie McGuffin are determined to track down the precise locations of these famous paintings. Archival film, letters, journals and photographs of the artists – some of which have never been seen in public – take the viewers back in time. This film weaves this history with a modern day adventure, up mountains, down canyon rivers and over portages with our trio as they try to achieve their own personal quest: to actually ‘walk in the Group of Seven’s footsteps’
Director Phyllis Ellis Producers Peter Raymont, Nancy Lang, Phyllis Ellis Co-Producers Michael Burtch, Joanie & Gary McGuffin Executive Producer Peter Raymont
West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson
Saturday, January 21, 2017
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.
Directors: Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont | Producers: Peter Raymont & Nancy Lang Researchers: Nancy Lang | Rebecca Middleton & Monica Penner Editor: Michèle Hozer | Supervising Producer: Kelly Jenkins __________________________________
Where the Universe Sings – The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris
Saturday, February 25, 2017
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?
Pictures from the November 26th Painted Land Film screening
Photos from January 21st West Wind- The Vision of Tom Thomson screening:
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