LDF Welcomes Festival Advisor Peter Raymont
May 18, 2016
Lunenburg Doc Fest (LDF) is pleased to welcome producer, director, journalist, writer, Peter Raymont to the Festival Advisor team. Our Festival Advisors play a valuable role in helping LDF present the best possible programming and overall festival experience for our film enthusiast audiences.
Peter Raymont was an important contributor during the inaugural Lunenburg Doc Fest where he attended as a producer, accompanying his film Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children, which followed Lt. General Roméo Dallaire through DR Congo, Rwanda, and South Sudan, and across North America on his passionate mission to stop the recruitment and use of children as soldiers around the world.
Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children incited evocative discussion amongst festival attendees and Peter proved an advocate of the festival, sharing constructive feedback and keen support. We are delighted to benefit from Peter’s experience as a respected filmmaker and accomplished film festival participant. Please read on to learn more about Peter.
Producer, director, journalist, writer, Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 films and TV series during a 44 year career. He is responsible for more than 200 hours of programming.
Raymont’s films have been honoured with 52 international awards including 13 Geminis (45 nominations), Gold and Silver Hugos and The Sesterce d’Argent, among others. His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire received the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.
Raymont is the Executive Producer and co-creator of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 X 1 hr), produced for the CBC, sold to over 25 broadcasters and versioned into 11 languages. The highly-rated CBC drama series Cracked (21 X 1 hr) was broadcast in 30 countries.
Raymont’s films are often provocative investigations of “hidden worlds” in politics, the media, and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice.
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (2007) and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009) were shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Long Form Documentary. They both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. A Promise to the Dead won 9 awards, including the DGC Award for Best Documentary and the 2008 Academy of Canadian Cinema’s Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary. Genius Within, co-directed by long-time collaborator Michèle Hozer, was released theatrically in Canada, USA, Germany and Australia.
West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson was released theatrically across Canada, screened in the U.S, the UK, The Netherlands and Norway. It received 6 international honours, including the Directors’ Guild of Canada’s prestigious Alan King Award.
Raymont’s work includes the popular sports documentaries The New Ice Age: A Year in the Life of the NHL (CBC – 6 X 1 hrs), co-produced and co-directed with Joseph Blasioli and Chasing the Dream, following the lives of three prospects, from the U.S., the Dominican Republic and Canada, vying to find a spot on the Toronto Blue Jays.
He recently completed two feature length documentaries, Guantanamo’s Child, about controversial inmate at Guantanamo Bay, Omar Khadr and Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven, which focuses on a group of researchers who set out to find the vistas that inspired Canada’s most famous artists – The Group of Seven. He is currently producing films on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, a 5X1 hr series Arctic Secrets and developing a 6 X 1 hr internationally-produced drama series on Alexander Graham Bell.
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