About this film
Homer Watson was one of Canada’s premiere landscape painters. His work portrayed the rugged nature of Canada’s pioneer landscape. It has been said of Watson that he was "the man who first saw Canada as Canada." Virtually "unschooled" in art he pursued his natural talent and built a life-long career in a time when the thought of painting rather than working a farm or mill was considered foolish. His career took a early leap forward when his painting “The Pioneer Mill” was purchased for Queen Victoria launching Homer into the international spotlight. Like other painters of his time his contributions to Canadian art became overshadowed by the success of the Group of Seven.
Many people in the Kitchener area now think of Homer Watson as a major boulevard or a forested park along the Grand River but how many are familiar with the works of this early Canadian artist. Watson has been the focus of 4 biographies but has yet to receive a comprehensive documentary that visually captures the splendor of his work.
This film aims to rectify that absence and reacquaint Canadians with an important pioneer in Canadian art who became "All But Forgotten".
A Selection of Watson's Work
About the Filmmakers
My name is David Delouchery and I am a professional video producer based in Kitchener, Ontario. My day job consists of producing videos that make companies and their products look good. This puts food on my table but leaves my heart, soul and mind starved for more enriching projects to sink my teeth into. To help feed this hunger I have had the good fortune over the years to work for other people on a variety of creative projects including dramatic films and documentaries. This is my first self-initiated project.
Helping me to produce this film is Lawrence McNaught which many will know as a tireless supporter of the arts in Kitchener. He is the Director of Programming and Development at the Registry Theatre and has many years experience producing radio, TV shows and documentaries for Rogers and Vision TV. Lawrence and I have worked together on a variety of projects and he brings a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to this story.
What We Need
Usually it is not within my nature to ask for support but the simple fact is though that making a film costs money. While I am committed to self-produce this "labour of love" as economically as possible, costs continue to challenge my ability to move forward. While being a perfectionist may help in my quest to make the best film possible it inhibits my willingness to drop my standards when challenged by the complexities of making a documentary. This is where I hope you can help to remove some of those barriers.
Film's of this nature usually have large production teams that can include up to 20 or more people and budgets that can exceed $250,000. While my financial goal certainly won't achieve those targets it will in fact help cover the most basic costs that would hinder my ability to complete this project. This will cover things such as camera rentals, interview costs, props/costumes and materials, music & image licensing fees etc.
Every additional dollar raised above the goal will help improve the quality of the project.
The ImpactThe goal is for this film to become the definitive visual document about Homer Watson and I'd like to see it placed beside other films that commemorate the contributions of Canada's other great artist's. A story that helps tell the beginnings of Canada's thriving art scene. Imagine walking into a art gallery gift store one day and seeing this film on the shelf beside other films about Emily Carr, Tom Thomson or Robert Bateman and knowing that you helped in part to make this film for others to enjoy. If you are passionate about improving Canada's art history and our historical figures then I implore you to consider supporting this project.
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