Producer/Director John Hopkins is a Canadian filmmaker with UK, Syrian and Lebanese heritage, whose family eventually immigrated to Prince Edward Island. Hopkins, who graduated in Film Studies and Political Science at Carleton University has won over 20 Canadian and international awards. As a Producer, Director, Cinematographer, and Editor, his work has been broadcast on CTV, CBC, Bravo, Arte, WDR, RT, TVO, The Doc and Discovery Channels, Hulu, iTunes, Playstation, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and many others. In the spirit of reconciliation with First Nations, he was recently commissioned by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, L’nuey, and Parks Canada to produce, direct, and lens Pituamkek (2021).
Hopkins wrote and directed Bluefin (NFB, 2017), which was broadcast on CBC’s Doc Channel in 2020. Bluefin garnered international attention with 26 Official Selections and 10 Best Film Nominations including Social Justice, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Raindance (UK). Bluefin was awarded the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival’s Wildlife Award, and the Grand Award at the California Film Awards (2018). John Hopkins documentary cinematography credits include Bluefin, The Kitchen Goddess (NFB, 1999), Timepiece (2012), and Pituamkek (2021). At Hot Docs, he shares the Best Cinematography award for the Genie Award-winning In the Gutter and Other Good Places.
Bluefin (2017) became a hit on the international festival circuit with 26 Official Selections, and 10 Best Film Nominations including Raindance and Santa Barbara. Bluefin won The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival Wildlife Award, and was the Grand Winner at the 2018 California Film Awards for Best Feature Documentary. For World Earth Day (2018), Raindance named it as “one of the five best documentaries highlighting environmental issues made in the last decade.” In 2016, Hopkins won Lunenburg Doc Fest's Best Atlantic Filmmaker Award and won Willam F White's "Filmmaker of the Year" in 2012. While studying experimental film under Philip Hoffman at Sheridan College, Hopkins won the CanPro Grand Prize for Best Film Production in Canada for Portfolio, in addition to winning five awards at the Atlantic Film Festival including: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.
John Hopkins production company is Square Deal Productions Atlantic Inc. located in Prince Edward Island, Canada. www.squaredeal.ca