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JOHN HARTMAN: ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE
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.
A new film by David Hartman
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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nobody does it alone: trailer
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.
Algonquin Park is one of Canada’s most celebrated wilderness areas. Made famous by Tom Thompson and his contemporaries, the whole idea of a flatwater canoe trip seems to be influenced by the Park. Watch the video.
spirit of the west adventures
This project was proposed to me on very short notice, and before I knew it I was flying out to a remote area off the northwestern coast of Vancouver Island. This area is incredible and certainly left a mark on me. Watch the video.
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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The rivers that flow into the eastern side of James and Hudson Bay have a certain allure to paddlers worldwide. They are very remote yet relatively accessible, they are wild, and their flows can be absolutely massive. Some of this changed when Hydro Quebec began diverting rivers in the area to feed their hydro projects, but much remains the same. Learn More and Watch Film.
NINE RIVERS follows four men on a month-long, thousand kilometre canoe journey through the Canadian shield. Share the hardships and splendor of the North on this journey to Hudson Bay. Learn More and Watch Film.