NatureTrack Film Festival mourns the death of star filmmaker Cory Trépanier |

Members of the Los Olivos NatureTrack Film Festival community mourn the loss of internationally renowned artist and star filmmaker Cory Trépanier, who died on November 5 after a long battle with cancer. He was 52 years old.

“Our hearts are broken here at the NatureTrack Film Festival to learn of the passing of 2019 NTFF filmmaker and artist Cory Trépanier,” wrote festival co-director KC Thompson. “Cory was the absolute success and the highlight of our 2019 [film festival]. “

Trépanier was the filmmaker and featured speaker at the 2019 NatureTrack Film Festival, where he presented an animated multimedia presentation on his oil painting process and his film “Into The Arctic: Awakening”, which was screened as part of the weekend community event.

“His presentation bowled us over,” said Thompson. “We all feel incredibly blessed to have experienced his art, his films and his exuberant presence. Our hearts are with his beautiful family. He will be sorely missed and will continue to share his impactful legacy with our clients and audiences.”

Artist Cory Trépanier paints an arctic view in northern Canada.

The artist and adventurer produced five documentaries during his lifetime as a result of his travels in northern Canada: “Painter’s Odyssey”, “Into the Arctic”, “Into the Arctic II”, “TrueWild: Kluane” and his latest film, “Into the Arctic: Awakening”, which was screened for the first time in public in Monaco before Prince Albert II. In addition, the exhibition tour “Into the Arctic” by Trépanier, which presented more than 50 oil paintings, traveled to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, across North America and overseas to Monaco at the HSH Prince Albert II Oceanographic Museum.

As part of his legacy, Trépanier partnered with Royal Canadian Geographic Education in 2019 to create the “Into the Arctic” Film Trilogy Teacher’s Guide, which is made available free of charge to educators and students. of the whole world. The collection offers seven modules based on Trépanier’s films that educate and engage students in geography, environmental and social sciences, humanities, Indigenous culture, history, survival, and the arts.

The virtual programming of the NatureTrack Film Festival ends on October 31;  online screening always open

Trépanier passed away peacefully at his home in Caledon, Ont., With his wife, daughters, friends and family by his side, according to a family spokesperson.

“Cory’s adventurous and generous spirit shone brightly, and his legacy will forever continue in the hearts of all who knew him and his work. Cory was and always will be our polar star,” said the spokesperson.

All of Trépanier’s works, including art reproductions, films and his book, “Into the Arctic: Painting Canada’s Changing North”, can be found at

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