As some of you may know, I'm making a film with my dad this summer. It so happens, and quite conveniently might I add, that my dad is Peter Wintonick, no stranger to the booming business that is canadian documentary. You may remember him from such films as 'Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media' or 'Seeing is Believing'. Or maybe you don't. But nonetheless, we are setting out sometime in July to make the documentary to end all documentaries. Or something of the sort. We're still figuring it out.

Here is a sample from the official synopsis which we are currently sending to all canadian art institutions whether they like it or not, in the hopes of getting just a little more funding.

"A father, Peter Wintonick, and his 19-year-old daughter, Mira, both filmmakers, take a cinematic roadtrip around the world. They trek through the present and future of film and image-making, using significant contemporary and historical cinematic sites and personal encounters as their points of departure. pilgrIMAGE is a trans-generational, cine-genetic meditation on media and its personal and social consequences. Equal parts verité film-journal, digital-diary and ciné-blog, through a series of Socratic father-daughter dialogues, gleaned from years of inter-continental film-gypsy journeys, they meet other renowned film 'pilgrims' and media practitioners. The goal is to transfer a bit of crazy wisdom between father and his daughter. From a renowned documentarian of cinema's Generation Why? to those of the next-wave Generation D (as in digital) era."

So as you see, it's obviously just an excuse for us to go travelling the world on someone else's tab. No, no. That's for giggles.

Where will we go, you ask? Well, my stops include The Squatter's Film Academy in Amsterdam, the roots of the Dogme film movement in Copenhagen, meeting the father of Linux and the open-source movement in Helsinki, editor Walter Murch in San Francisco, Adbusters in Vancouver. And so on. Of course, most of these people don't know they're expecting us yet, so who knows. As I said, we're still working on it.

In the meantime, I have a new blog which I'll be using to write journal entries for the film while I'm away (don't worry, digital downpour is still number one in my heart). But, I'm still in the process of designing it, and it has to look pretty cause it's going to be on film after all, so I'd apreciate any comments on the look of things over there. Thanks.

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