John Bolton

Industry Panelist

John Bolton is 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 and athletes as he is working with artists and musicians, he produces, writes and directs dramas, documentaries, performing arts pieces and the occasional disaster film through his own production company, Opus 59 Films.

John’s most recent films are: 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; 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; and COUNTRY OF MADMEN, a unique trailer & music video for the unique book & album by the interdisciplinary collective Sun Belt. John also recently executive produced the first season of the award-winning VOD series THE DRIVE (for Telus Optik Local).