Dance Into the Light

Runtime: 5 mins 7 sec
Director:  John Hopkins

Can music unite? Can our troubled world find solace in the tradition of gathering around the fire and sharing a song? Is this a dream? One person’s vision of a future that could be? Find your path through the darkness and join the fireside festivities. It’s your time to Dance Into the Light.

DIRECTOR – John Hopkins

Writer/Director John Hopkins has won over 20 Canadian and international awards. His documentary films as a writer/director and work as a cinematographer have been broadcast on CTV, CBC, Bravo, Arte, TVO, WDR, RT, Documentary Channel, and Discovery Channel. His NFB feature doc Bluefin (2017) is a hit on the international hit festival with 23 Official Selections. It was the Grand Winner for Best Feature Documentary at the 2017 California Film Awards, while also winning the 2017 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Wildlife Award, 2016 Lunenburg DocFest Best Atlantic Filmmaker and 2019 Friday Night (Tacoma, Washington) Awards. 2017 Bluefin Nominations include Best Feature Documentary at the Raindance Festival, Santa Barbara (Social Justice), Yorkton and World Open Film Festival (Toronto). Bluefin opened the See and Sea Festival in Busan, South Korea and has been broadcast on CBC’s Documentary Channel in 2019. Appealing to broad audiences, Gravitas Ventures/Red Arrow/NFB are currently releasing Bluefin to over 100 digital streaming platforms worldwide with a subscriber reCH of one billion. Among other recent highlights, Bluefin screened at the prestigious New York Explore’s Club with author/ecologist Carl Safina, invited to the 2018 World Climate Change Conference (San Francisco), and was named by Raindance in the “top five documentaries made in the last decade best representing environmental issues” (World Environment Day in 2018). 

As a cinematographer, his 3D/4K work ,helped the feature Forty Below win the 2016 prestigious Lumiere Award in Hollywood (past winners include Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee). He also won Hot Docs Best Cinematography as part of the award-winning camera team on In the Gutter and Other Good Places documentary team. After graduating from Carleton University with Combined BA in Film Studies and Political Science, John Hopkins studied under the experimental and highly regarded filmmaker Phil Hoffman at Sheridan College. His short film Portfolio won the CanPro Gold and Grand Prize for Best Student Production in Canada, and went onto win the Best Film, Director, Editing, Score, and Writer awards at the Atlantic Film Festival, for all categories including feature films. He also recently directed, shot, and edited Planet Earth for Lennie Gallant, an acclaimed Canadian musician.