PAINTED LAND: IN SEARCH OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN
Directed by PHYLLIS ELLIS
September 10, 2019
ABOUT THE FILM
This peaceful, exquisite film immerses us in both nature and art. Most Canadians are at least somewhat familiar with the radical, brilliant paintings of the Group of Seven. But we may not be aware that little was known about exactly where they were created. Gary and Joanie MacGuffin and Michael Burtch spent years of research, following the paper trail of journals and letters and the physical trail of the painters to pinpoint the sources of inspiration. A dedicated film crew then braved canoes and rugged conditions to share the results in an intimate merging of the words, the environment, and the artistic response of these quintessentially Canadian painters.