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Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont

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A new feature length documentary, West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson debuts this weekend at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Joseph Planta discusses Thomson’s art and legacy, and this film with its directors Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont.

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

The life, death and legacy of Tom Thomson are featured in a great new documentary screening this weekend at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The film is called West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson. Its directors Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont join me now. Despite a number of documentaries and a feature film on Thomson, this is a necessary film, as it takes a wider look at Thomson’s life, and doesn’t just focus on how he died and where he’s buried. We learn about Thomson’s early years, his art, and his legacy. We also ponder Thomson’s art and what it means to the country, and what’s reflected in his art about Canada. Roy MacGregor who was on this program last year when his book on Thomson came out, is someone who’s featured in this film. The movie screens at the Empire Granville Saturday at 6.45pm, and Sunday at noon. Peter Raymont is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and writer. He’s done over 100 documentary films, including two favourites of mine, Flora: Scenes from a Leadership Convention and History on the Run. Michèle Hozer is an award winning documentary editor and director. She won one of two Gemini’s for her work on Mr. Raymont’s Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire. They co-directed the feature length documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. They join me from Toronto this day. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program Peter Raymont and Michèle Hozer; Good morning, Ms. Hozer; and Good morning, Mr. Raymont.