Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven Screening

A new and exciting film by Executive Producer, Peter Raymont titled " Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven" will be shown at Trinity College in Port Hope on November 29th, 2015.  This is a major fundraising event for the Northumberland Orchestra & Choir.

“Mr. Raymont is attending our special screening and will address the audience, answering questions about this film,” said Jeff Mitchell, President of the NOC. “He is also a graduate of Trinity College School in Port Hope, and we are honoured that he selected the Northumberland Orchestra & Choir to receive the proceeds from this screening.”

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?

Film: “Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven” follows authors and wilderness photographers Joanie and Gary McGuffin, and art historian Michael Burtch as they search for the locations visited by Canada's most celebrated landscape painters (Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson) who captured the spirit of the land, water, and skies of northern Ontario in the 1920's. Many of the Group of Seven's canvases and sketches have become iconic representations of the Canadian soul. Filmed on location in the Algoma region and along the north shore of Lake Superior, the film combines original photography, archival materials, paintings and re-creations.   

Peter Raymont, Executive Producer of this film, has directed more than 100 films and series and won more than 40 international awards.  Information about this and Peter Raymont’s other works can be found at “Painted Land” is the next film in a series of award-winning art documentaries produced by White Pine Pictures.

In honour of this Group of Seven film, the NOC is also selling tickets on a signed and numbered A. J. Casson print titled "Morning on the Key River,”  which has been generously donated by a friend of the NOC. Tickets are $5.00 each and the winner will be drawn at the screening.