John Bolton, Producer / Writer / Director
John Bolton is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada preoccupied with revelation, consolation and transcendence, sometimes even in that order. As passionate about creating smaller films as he is about making larger movies, and as comfortable working with actors as he is collaborating with musicians and other artists, John produces, writes and directs dramas, documentaries, performing arts pieces and the occasional disaster film through his production company OPUS 59 FILMS.
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).
Mark Haney, Composer
Mark Haney has been attached to a double bass for over 25 years, and there are no indications he will escape anytime soon. During that time Mark has been fortunate to perform across Canada with a wide variety of artists and groups enabling him to explore Canada’s vast terrain, musical and physical, and develop his passion for Canadian stories.
As the Artistic Director for The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Mark (along with Diane Park) developed “11”, a large scale community project that brought over 1000 people to Vancouver’s Falaise Park for Remembrance Day 2014. This event also served to cap off Mark’s 2.5 year term with the Vancouver Park Board’s Field House Residency Program. Mark has recently become the Composer in Residence for Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery; the only cemetery in Vancouver and a beautiful public space. With Little Chamber Music as Ensemble in Residence, watch for some exciting and unique projects in 2015/16.
As a composer Mark Haney is best known for “Aim For The Roses” (2010); an avant-garde double bass suite that tells the true story of Canadian daredevil Ken Carter through narration, layers of double bass and a musical representation of 499 digits of pi.
In 2012 Mark premiered “3339”, a multi-media work for mixed quartet and narrator that placed Canada’s greatest story into the context of the mythical hero’s journey (presented by Redshift Music at the Cultch’s Historic Theatre).
In 2012 Mark toured western Canada, performing a set of music and storytelling (featuring his own music along with that of Claude Lassonde, Jon Siddal and Walter Boudreau) in an attempt to reconcile the gap that has developed between the general audience and contemporary classical (or ‘new’) music. By presenting new music with a personal and emotional context, a sense of humor and a look into Mr. Haney’s own creative process, these performances served as a warm welcome to the world of the avant-garde. In the spring of 2015 Mark again had this opportunity as he toured with poet/songwriter Rodney Decroo.
Mark’s next major project, “Omnis Temporalis” is a musical treatment of the cartoonist Seth’s picture novella “George Sprott”. As part of the Richmond Art Gallery’s exhibition “Temporary Assignment” (Nov 19-Dec2, 2012), Mark was in the gallery for two weeks with his bass, composing and creating the structure for “Omnis Temporalis” directly onto the walls, beneath and beside images from the book.
Mr. Haney is also an active freelance double bassist, in demand in a host of genres from orchestral, to experimental theatre for Vancouver’s largest theatre companies, to new music concerts and more.
Andrew McNee, Ken Carter
Born and raised in Vancouver, Andrew splits his time between theatre, film and television, and raising his two little rascals Finn and Thom with his wife Karen. Some feature film appearances include all three of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid films, Ramona And Beezus, Firewall, Final Destination 3, Scary Movie 4, and The Delicate Art of Parking. He has also appeared in many tv series including Supernatural, Psych, Eureka, Hellcats, Hiccups, Stargate SG1, Kyle XY, and The L Word. He also works extensively in theatre ranging from contemporary and new plays to Shakespeare at Bard on the Beach. Andrew is a graduate of Studio 58.