CAPT is delighted to announce that Michael Burtch, Joanie and Gary McGuffin, along with Nancy Lang, Rebecca Middleton and Emma Hambly, won the prestigious Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research by the Canadian Screen Awards. They received the award on March 7th, 2017 for their research for Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven. The Canadian Screen Awards are Canada’s Academy Awards. CAPT very much appreciates the comments Burtch and the McGuffins have made to journalists (see links below) about the absolute importance of restoring the passenger train service that they used to locate the painting sites and make the film. the train can be used by the growing number of tourists who want to travel to the locations highlighted in the film. Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma district’s tourism numbers can increase tremendously as more and more tourists find out about the Algoma passenger train corridor—where the Group of Seven came together as a group and did 100s of their most significant work. We hope that the government finally sees the importance of getting the Missanabie Cree First Nation-led passenger train—the Maskwa Oota-Ban “Bear Train”—running between the Sault and Hearst.
We are ever so grateful to you, Michael, Joanie and Gary, for your years of hard work—most of it as volunteers. BRAVO!!!!
Northern Hoot “Painted Land’, Filmed in Algoma, Brings Home Canadian Screen Award!” by Steffani Petroni
“No one more surprised than Michael Burtch at winning Canadian Screen Award “- by Kenneth Armstrong SooToday.com
“McGuffins, Burtch win Canadian Screen Award” By Brian Kelly, Sault Star March 8, 2017