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Canadian Doc Maker Peter Wintonick Dies at 60

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Wintonick is best known for his 1992 documentary "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media."

TORONTO -- Tributes continue to pour in for Canadian documentary maker Peter Wintonick, who died Monday morning in Montreal after a short bout with a rare form of liver cancer, aged 60 years.

"Peter was not only a pioneering voice in the Canadian documentary community, but also a tireless, inspiring and passionate advocate for and mentor to documentary filmmakers around the world," said the Toronto International Film Festival in a statement Tuesday. "His unique energy and integrity will be terribly missed."

The Canadian filmmaker was best known for his 1992 documentary Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, co-directed with Mark Achbar, and for helping found DocAgora, a Canadian filmmaker collective.

“He could unleash his anger too," National Film Board of Canada chairman Tom Perlmutter recalled in his own statement. "It may have been rare, but befitting Peter, it had the denunciatory force of an Old Testament prophet. I know because I saw him unleash it on the NFB for committing to a project he thought we should never have done—not because of point of view or ideology, but because he felt lives were potentially at risk."

Perlmutter added, "He created a significant body of work, but his contribution was far greater than the sum of his films. It encompassed a larger view of the documentary as quintessential to the moral well-being of the universe."

Wintonick worked with the NFB on the 1999 feature doc Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment. His last film, Be Here Now, from EyeSteelFilm, is still in production, but will be completed by the Montreal-based indie producer. 

Wintonick leaves behind his wife, Christine Burt, and daughter Mira Burt-Wintonick.