The English language version of Georgi Danevski: Confessions of the Heart premieres on OMNI.1, Sunday April 11th at 9:00 p.m. (ET). Vasil (Bill) Yancoff, 2nd Vice-President of CEMA, produced and directed the 60-minute documentary, which was funded by OMNI’s Independent Producers Initiative. The film documents the career of Toronto artist Danevski from his childhood in Macedonia to his current status as one of North America’s finest mural artists. “Bill Yancoff’s documentary showcases a remarkably dedicated individual whose work is widely esteemed and in steady demand,” says Madeline Ziniak, National Vice President of OMNI Television. “We were happy to support the production of Georgi Danevski: Confessions of the Heart for its cross-over appeal to spiritual and aesthetic audiences alike.” “The trials and tribulations Georgi and his family faced during their first years in Canada, were similar to those met by many newcomers,” says Vasil Yancoff, who also wrote and researched the documentary. “However, there is only one Georgi Danevski; he is a genuine national treasure. I thank OMNI Television for helping me bring his story forward.” Growing up in Macedonia, Danevski was literally surrounded by inspiration. He and his friends would played among the terracotta icons in what was actually an archaeological site. He often accompanied his grandmother when she attended a local Macedonian Orthodox church, where he became enthralled with its magnificent icons and frescoes.
But it wasn’t until years later, when two Canadian Macedonians came to Vinica, Macedonia in search of an artist to adorn the Toronto church of North America’s largest Macedonian Orthodox congregation that Danevski and his family’s life would change dramatically. Be sure to tune into this close-up look at an exceptional artist!