“The most important thing a painter can do is find a good place to sit.” – J.E.H. MacDonald
The Group of Seven 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? Past meets present in a film that weaves seamlessly the experiences of Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson – with the adventures of three modern day sleuths. Historian Michael Burtch and the writer and photographer team of Gary and Joanie McGuffin are determined to track down the precise locations of these famous paintings as they try to achieve their own personal quest: to actually ‘walk in the Group of Seven’s footsteps’
In attendance for audience questions will be director, Phyllis Ellis, explorers and conservationists, Joanie and Gary McGuffin, and art historian, Michael Burtch. Special introduction by Julian Kingston of the Oakville Museum.
Short films with this feature:
NOT ALONE, Canada (Sheridan College), Director: Jin Lu
RENATA, 1:39 min, Canada (Sheridan College), Directors: Lora Binder and Renee Ren, World Premiere.