OPUS 59 FILMS is the production company of John Bolton, an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada preoccupied with revelation, consolation and transcendence, sometimes even in that order. As passionate about making smaller films as he is about making larger movies, and as comfortable working with actors as he is working with artists and musicians, John produces, writes and directs dramas, documentaries, performing arts pieces and the occasional disaster film.
John’s recent films include the feature length “musical docudrama” AIM FOR THE ROSES (for Monoduo Films and Blue Ice Docs, in association with the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council), about Canadian musician Mark Haney and Canadian daredevil Ken Carter, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto, and which was the opening night film at DOXA in Vancouver, and which was nominated for 5 Leo Awards and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award; the short documentary DEBRIS (for the National Film Board of Canada), about Tofino, BC based “intertidal artist” Pete Clarkson and the making of his most ambitious and personal project to date – a memorial to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami, made entirely out of marine debris from the disaster – which had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival; a short documentary about and featuring MICHAEL J. FOX (for the National Film Board of Canada and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards); COUNTRY OF MADMEN, a unique trailer & music video for the unique book & album by the interdisciplinary collective “Sun Belt”; and the LEGACY COMPOSERS FILM SERIES, a series of documentary shorts about BC composers Murray Adaskin, Barbara Pentland, Rudolf Komorous, Jean Coulthard and Elliot Weisgarber (for the Canadian Music Centre in BC).
John is currently writing and directing a feature length documentary about the NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF CANADA (for the National Film Board of Canada). He is also currently developing the series E DAY IS COMING, a seismic comedy about earthquake preparedness and real estate anxiety in Vancouver, as well as the feature film SNOWMAN, a hallucinatory black comedy / psychological horror film based on the play by Greg MacArthur. He is also currently producing Teresa Alfeld’s feature length documentary THE RANKIN FILE (with support from the British Columbia Arts Council), about the colourful life of Vancouver lawyer, politician and socialist icon Harry Rankin. He also recently executive produced the award-winning VOD series THE DRIVE (for Telus Optik Local).