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the work of David Hartman


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What started as a film about a 1000 km bike ride quickly turned into something much more significant. The Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre asked me to make a film about Mike Dupuis as he rode solo on a tandem bike around Goergian Bay with a life-size stick figure on his back seat. We set out to communicate the importance of a strong support network when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The story took on a life of its own when I asked a close friend of mine to help me understand this process.


Acclaimed Canadian artist John Hartman heard a story on a visit to Banff, AB. It was a story about four young men that humbly did what others before them had failed to do. This is a short film about how that story consumed his thoughts to the point that he has painted an entire exhibition about it. This short documentary is meant to accompany the exhibition and shine light on his creative process as he explores a new idea and turns this exploration into large and dynamic oil paintings.

This is the story of something old that exists in a new world. A story about adapting traditions and recognizing their use before they are forgotten. But this is not a story about living in the past.

Keepers of the Trail is a documentary film by David Hartman that follows a group of nine winter travellers as they walk north between Canada’s two great rail lines. The group travels by traditional methods handed down by those who used this land to survive. These methods have been developed and fine-tuned for centuries and they simply work better than anything else in this landscape. Garrett Conover is an underground legend among those who still travel the Boreal Forest in this manner. Keepers of the Trail silently witnesses him passing on the torch to the next generation as the group navigates a harsh and beautiful winter environment.

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THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP

This idea came, as most good things do, as a spur of the moment decision. I had always wanted to see the American South, so when my partner Ashley asked me to drive her new car from Vancouver to Toronto with her we opted to take a 10,000 km scenic route instead. Good way to break in a car right?
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 One of yours truly down in Costa Rica. We took an old Pentax down along with my D750. We shot 478 digital frames and 36 analogue frames. Sure slows you down. Photo by: @aicha1127 #film #fuji #pentax #35mm #nikon #costarica #puravida #natgeo #instadaily #travelphotography #crfanphotos  Clouds. Lots of cool clouds this summer. #CanadianShield #discoverOn #georgianbay #landscapephotography #landscape #westwind #pine #greatlakes #neilyoung #wilderness #nearnorth #natgeo #ontariotourism #cloud #nikon #d750
 Went to Costa Rica recently and ended up with a lot of photos of really cool plants in the jungle. This was at a place called Rancho Margot that sits at the base of Volcan Arenal. We drove a very bumpy hour to the end of the road to get to this place, a little preserve in the jungle. Gotta love rental cars. at @ranchomargot #jungle #nikon #costarica #puravida #natgeo #instadaily #travelphotography  Screengrab from our upcoming release Nobody Does It Alone. I know Highway 69 far better than any other highway in the world so it was great to see it from the air. We are releasing the film for free viewing on June 27th. Stay tuned. #georgianbay #nobodydoesitalone #drone #dji #aerial #discoveron #ontariotourism #otmpc #northernontario #highway69 #hayfire #greatlakes #adventure #bike #nikon #landscape
 Paul Meiklejohn blurring through the forest down in Long Point. I was pretty impressed by the trails down there. This one has a lush coastal feel to it. Rider: @elevationmtb location: @longpointecoadv #discoverOn #landscapephotography #mtb #singletrack #greatlakes #natgeo #ontariotourism #nikon #d750 #longpoint  A shot of my friend @threecard in a warehouse in North Toronto. Not often I get to hang out in an a space like this that full or antler sawdust and never-ending reverb. With Matt Cays. New music from 3-Card coming out soon. #notalandscapephoto #foronce #landscape #torontorap #hiphop #musicproduction #warehouse #newmusic #entertainment
 This is a humpback whale lunge feeding in the Broughton Archipelago near Telegraph Cove, B.C. As I understand it, the whale will swim up through a 'bait ball' of small fish (herring?) with their mouths open and come out with half a meal. You can speculate where they'll appear by finding flocks of birds like this one. Though it may look like the whale is hunting seagulls - they're not - some think they may work together on this. I could sit and watch this all day long. #hayfire #kayak #greatbear #explorebc #ocean #telegraphcove #broughton #explorecanada #bcwild #beautifulbc #tourismbc #discoverBC #seakayak #broughton #vanisle #vancouverisland #d750 #wildlifeplanet #humpback #whale #cetacean  I just came across this old photo while digging around on my computer. On this same day I caught a rattlesnake and saw a black bear. I also recently found a shirt in my dresser that states that 'Some Dave's Are Better Than Other Dave's.' I guess this is what they're talking about. #CanadianShield #discoverOn #georgianbay #landscapephotography #landscape #westwind #pine #greatlakes #lightning #neilyoung #wilderness #nearnorth #natgeo #ontariotourism #omtpc
 Remember this? #nofilter of a Quaddra Island sunset. I believe that the view is into the Desolation Sound area. #sunset #nikon #discoverbc #explorecanada #bcwild #beautifulbc #tourismbc  #natgeo  #aerial #desolationsound #seakayak #adventurekayak  This lonely island sits on the outer edges of the Hakai Conservancy in the Great Bear Rainforest. We had just finished a few-mile open water crossing coming from the northern tip of Goose Island. Fog and swell seem appropriate for the area. From a shooting trip with @spiritofthewestadventures. #beautifulbc #tourismbc #natgeo #kayak #greatbear #pacificwild #greatbearwild #seakayak #adventurekayak #celebreategreatbear #bcpoli #bctourismmatters #rainforest
 This old typewriter and its resident poet hold down a street corner in Kensington Market. She said she came here from New Orleans. Lucky us. #discoverOn #kensington #TO #six #natgeo #ontariotourism #nikon #d750  #urbanexploration #poetry #spontaneousprose #thatanoldtypewriter  From my new film, 'John Hartman: Across the Great Divide." You can't get a much better combination of visibility and light in the mountains than this. After being snowed out four days in a row we finally got to fly the route that Don Gardner, Chic Scott, Charlie Locke, and Neil Liskie were the first to ski in 1967, just about 50 years ago to the day. Link to the film in bio. #hayfire #mybanff #exploreBC #exploreAlberta #travelAlberta #DestinationBC #explore #rockies #rockymountains #icefields #landscapephotography #cessna #d800 #mountains #photooftheday #whyte #ski #traverse #greatdivide #backcountry #lakelouise
 Lake Nipissing at sunset. Can't really see the other side, eh. #anothergreatlake #CanadianShield #discoverOn #nipissing #landscapephotography #landscape #westwind #pine #greatlakes #nikoncanada #neilyoung #wilderness #nearnorth #natgeo #ontariotourism #omtpc #d750  From under the wing of a 1976 Cessna. We flew for 4 hours over the glaciers of the Great Divide in this old plane. By far the most amazing flight of my life. These mountains go on and on and on and I feel lucky to have seen them from this specific height on such a clear day in May. This is part of an upcoming short #documentary about my Dad's exhibition of paintings that opens April 8th at the Whyte Museum. Cool project to say the least. #hayfire #exploreBC #exploreAlberta #travelAlberta #DestinationBC #explore #rockies #rockymountains  #icefields #landscapephotography #cessna #d800 #mountains #photooftheday #whyte #ski #traverse #greatdivide #backcountry
 I've always loved the view coming back to the mainland from Toronto Island in the evening. Kind of feels like you're coming into Gotham City. I had a chance to incorporate this view into a shoot I directed for Ontario Tourism this summer. We got lucky with this wild sunset. #discoverOn #landscapephotography #TO #six #greatlakes #natgeo #ontariotourism #nikon #d750 #torontoskyline #urbanexploration #torontoisland  This will probably be the last holdout of the two-lane section of Highway 69. Four lanes coming from the North. Four lanes coming from the South. Cool blue van high on the Canadian Shield. This is right at the turnoff to Britt, ON. #ontariotourism #otmpc #yourstodiscover #northernontario #bike  #documentary #landscape #d750 #nikoncanada #highway69 #abandoned