Acclaimed for his eclecticism and vision, and for his emotionally rich and formally uncompromising work, John Bolton is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada with a keen interest in collaborating with and adapting the works of authors and musicians and other artists. As passionate about creating smaller films as he is about making larger movies, John produces and writes and directs comedies, dramas, documentaries and performing arts pieces through his production company OPUS 59 FILMS. He also writes and directs for other producers, and produces for other writers and directors.
John is best known for his feature length “musical docudrama” AIM FOR THE ROSES (for Blue Ice Docs and Monoduo Films, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council), about Canadian musician Mark Haney and Canadian daredevil Ken Carter. AIM FOR THE ROSES had its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto, was the opening night film at DOXA in Vancouver, and played in festivals around the world. It was nominated for 5 Leo Awards and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award. It’s available on iTunes in Canada and Vimeo On Demand worldwide.
Most recently, John wrote and directed the feature length documentary THAT HIGHER LEVEL (for the National Film Board of Canada), about the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, which had its world premiere at the Victoria Film Festival. He also recently produced Teresa Alfeld’s feature length documentary THE RANKIN FILE (with the support of the British Columbia Arts Council), which was the opening night film at DOXA in Vancouver.
John’s other recent films include the short documentary DEBRIS (for the National Film Board of Canada), about Tofino, BC based “intertidal artist” Pete Clarkson, 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); THE CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE IN BC’S LEGACY COMPOSERS FILM SERIES a series of documentary shorts about BC composers Murray Adaskin, Barbara Pentland, Rudolf Komorous, Jean Coulthard and Elliot Weisgarber; and COUNTRY OF MADMEN, a unique music video & trailer for the album & book by Rick Maddocks & Sun Belt. He also recently executive produced Season 1 of the award-winning webseries THE DRIVE (for Telus). He has also recently directed commercials for HOT DOCS STUDIOS.
John is currently developing feature documentaries about Canadian pianist ANGELA HEWITT and Canadian composer BARBARA PENTLAND. He is also currently developing the limited series E DAY IS COMING, about earthquake preparedness and real estate anxiety in Vancouver; the feature film SNOWMAN, a hallucinatory black comedy / psychological horror film based on the play by Greg MacArthur; and the feature film STANLEY PARK, a culinary drama based on the novel by Timothy Taylor.