Nominated for the Director's Guild of Canada Awards' Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, 2018

A beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking reflection on the creative process and the things that make us human.”

-- Jonathan Lethem

The Film

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”, GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and a celebration of the imagination.

The Book

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.


“The best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. A masterpiece.”
—Margaret Atwood

“No one who is invested in any kind of art can read The Gift and remain unchanged.”
—David Foster Wallace

“Few books are such life-changers as The Gift: epiphany, in sculpted prose.”
—Jonathan Lethem