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Willinsky pictured in Movie Makers, July 1950, 255.

A. I. Willinsky

Club Affiliation

Amateur Cinema League

Toronto Amateur Movie Club




ACL Ten Best 1945 - Honorable Mention General Class
Ontario Jewish Archives list of titled amateur films


Cystometrography (1940)

France and Spain (1954)

Away to Argentina (1939)

Portuguese Pot-Pourri and Moroccan Mélange (1950)

Spanish Morocco (1950)

Peru 1946 – International College of Surgeons 5th International Assembly (1946)

Canary Islands (1953)

Snakes (1948)

Trinidad Trails (1946)

Coronation Tree, The (1938)

Glimpses of Italy (1935)

Riviera Revisited, The (1949)

Rome and Naples (1934)

Hawaiian Holiday: A Pictoral Presentation of the Paradise of the Pacific (1947)

Introduction to Israel: A Pilgrimage in Partitioned Palestine (1951)

Spectacular Spain (1953)

Hob-nobbing with Homer – Hermes en Grece (1956)

Switzerland (1955)



Biographical Notes:

"Dr. Abraham Isaac Willinsky was one of Toronto’s earliest Jewish doctors, a founding member of the Toronto Jewish Medical Association, and an amateur filmmaker. He was born in 1885 in Omaha, Nebraska to Sarah Rebecca (nee Vise) and Myer Willinsky. One of seven children, he moved to Toronto with his family in 1890. As a child his life-long passion for photography was sparked while helping his uncle, Solomon Vise, with his photography business at 439 King Street east" Ontario Jewish Archives.

Willinsky was a founding member of the Toronto Amateur Movie Club.

Bibliographic Resources:

The Ontario Jewish Archives holds the Dr. A. I. Willinsky fonds. This collection contains many Willinsky travelogues and some home movies.