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Winds of Heaven - Carr, Carvers and the Spirits of the Forest screens in Toronto

December 10, 2010 - 7:00pm - December 11, 2010 - 8:00pm

The Toronto premiere of Michael Ostroff’s feature documentary Winds of Heaven - Carr, Carvers and the Spirits of the Forest takes place at The Royal (608 College St.) on December 10 and 11 at 7.00 pm. The documentary has already toured festivals and art galleries in Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Kingston, Windsor, Oshawa and Fredericton,

Winds of Heaven is an impressionistic, luminous exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. The film combines stunning archival footage and photographs of First Nation villages of the Northwest coast with the unparalleled images of award-winning director of photography John Walker. Veteran Canadian actress Diane D’Aquila breathes life into Carr’s extensive writings with a tour-de-force reading as the voice of Emily Carr.

Winds of Heaven was selected by the Vancouver Sun as one of the ten films to see at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival. Alan Franey, the festival's director, described it as "a must-see – possibly one of the best films ever made about our province, these forests, and our history as newcomers."

Five years in the making, Ostroff partnered with Emmy award-winning Peter Raymont of White Pine Pictures (Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould) to ensure the production would have the very best creative and production team available.  The film also enjoys the support of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as 8 additional galleries and museums across the country. The cooperation of the Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm, Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, Weston Foundation, Heffel Gallery and Masters Gallery was integral to the production of this film. A limited theatrical release will take place in ten different galleries this autumn. The documentary will be broadcast nationally on Bravo! in 2011, with subsequent broadcasts on TVO and Knowledge.