For many years the beloved Canadian documentary maker Peter Wintonick roamed the world, searching for Utopia, planning to make a film about his quest.
When he died in 2013 at aged 60, his mourning daughter Mira began sorting through the 300 tapes he left behind. She decides to finish her father’s film, merging it with a portrait of the man himself. In doing so she probes the painful reality that while generously giving his time to documentary film festivals everywhere, Peter deprived his wife and daughter of his presence for months on end.
Whimsical and peripatetic like the man himself, this is a moving and fitting tribute to a larger than life creative and a leading light in the global documentary community.
This online screening was followed by a Q&A with the film's director Mira Burt-Wintonick, hosted by festival director and documentary filmmaker Heather Croall.