Canada 2022, 105 min, English, Japanese and Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles

The search for raw materials takes Jason S. Logan around the globe, from lush forests charred by California wildfires to stark marble quarries in Italy. He gathers tree bark, rust dust, strawberries, rocks, flowers, and herbs, and harvests pigments from them to make fine ink used for traditional calligraphy in Japan and caricatures in New York. Logan is a master ink-maker who prefers to work with natural ingredients, and his picky high-end clients (including Margaret Attwood) view him as something of an alchemist. Logan draws his inspiration from ancient history, times when pigments were extracted from insects, snails, and even blood, and when his ink comes alive on paper, these deep memories rise to the surface. The film follows his work, the artists who use his ink, and the world’s fascinating ink-making traditions.

The screening is sponsored by the Brosh Group

Previous Festivals: TIFF, FIFA Montreal

Brian D. Johnson is a Canadian writer, filmmaker and cultural commentator. He is best known from his three decades as the longtime film critic and senior arts writer at Maclean’s magazine, where he remains a Contributing Editor. He is also past president of the Toronto Film Critics Association (2006-2017), and created the annual TFCA Awards Gala, with its $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. He has worked professionally over the years as a journalist, author, musician—and, most recently, a filmmaker. In 2015 he produced and directed Al Purdy Was Here, a documentary feature about the legendary Canadian poet, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where was runner-up for the TIFF Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award. The film played theatrically in some 70 towns and cities, aired on the CBC Documentary channel, and is now available on iTunes Canada.

Production Company: Sphinx Productions, National Film Board of Canada
Cinematography: NICHOLAS DE PENCIER, C.S.C