A good son filmmaker who has worked with director Atom Egoyan and Canadian film stars like Henry Czerny, Lenore Zann and Justin Louis.
But, 13 years ago, the dutiful son moved home to Breadalbane when his mother Hilda Woolnough RCA, a well respected visual artist, became sick with cancer. "I had been working in Toronto as a cinematographer. I hadn't planned to stay here very long, but that changed when she started having (other) health issues. "Over a 10 year period she had breast cancer twice. Mum also had kidney cancer. Basically, I came back to look after her," says the Carleton University/Sheridan College media arts graduate. Returning to his roots was one of the hardest yet best decisions he ever made. "Mum and I were close. It was great to help her through her illness. And over the course of all that we became best friends," says Hopkins who, since coming home, has directed his filmmaking energies into documentaries and TV commercials including the latest one for Proude's Shoes. Sadly, his mother passed away in 2007. But in the months preceding her death Hopkins had the foresight to shoot 25 hours of film footage, in several long interviews. He also got to film her at her favourite places swimming in the Northumberland Strait and sitting on the shady banks of the Dunk River. "As much as Hilda ray ban wayfarer men comes across as being really calm in the movie, it wasn't until I put her on a log (under her favourite trees) to interview her, that she lost that deer in the headlights look. The evening, presented with assistance from the Island Media Arts Co op will include John Pritchard cuisine and music by Rhythm Rules. Central to the documentary is Woolnough's Timepiece a collagraphy (printmaking) exhibition at the Confederation Art Gallery and Museum in 2001. "The show is a reflection of her values, the way that she saw the world, her place in nature and her relationship with time. I spent hours shooting the exhibition," he sunglasses ray ban new collection says. To her delight Woolnough got to see a rough cut just before she died. "She really liked it. But I needed to go back and restructure some things so that I could tell the story better. But when she died it was difficult to edit the new material. "Every time I saw her picture I would start to cry. So, last year, at the end of the long period, I came back to start editing and to find the film I ray ban outdoorsman was looking for," he says. Hopkins' care in creating the raybans piece is getting positive reaction. Director Donna Davies says she was "touched" when she saw the work in progress at the Island Media Arts Festival last month. "Timepiece is loving tribute to one of Canada's most talented artists. John did a stellar job of portraying his mother's genius. He is a very visual filmmaker and his cinematography was stunning. native and co owner of Sorcery Films Ltd. in Halifax. While there's hours of work, including a soundtrack, yet to be done Hopkins felt it important to give the community a sneak peak. "I wanted to get the film out there, create some awareness and maybe get some support from the community," he says.
Woolnough was also known for throwing great parties, Hopkins carries on that tradition at his home in Breadalbane. "Hilda felt that good things always happened when you brought people and food together," he says. Council of the Arts and the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund in his work.
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