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Outdoor projection of film by John Hopkins

Filmaker John Hopkins at projection of Bluefin at the Confederation Centre outdoor plazaThe documentary Bluefin written, directed, and shot by Island filmmaker John Hopkins, and produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), has been selected by Discover Charlottetown, in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts, to headline Projections on the Plaza outdoor series over this summer. 

Powered by four army-grade projectors, configured by Island-based sound engineer James Carrier, the event drew over 10,000 visitors last year. Bluefin screens every Tuesday at 10:15 pm through September.

Since its release, Hopkins’ $700,000 documentary has been officially selected for 24 international film festivals. Bluefin was awarded: the 2017 Grand Winner and Best Documentary Feature at the California Film Awards (San Diego), the 2017 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival‘s Wildlife Award, and the 2016 Best Atlantic Filmmaker Award at Lunenburg DocFest.

Hopkins says “I am thrilled Bluefin is being honoured with this high-profile screenings series. It’s incredible to see 1000-pound bluefin tuna, at IMAX size, on the Centre’s wall.”

Recently, Bluefin was picked up by Hulu, which has over 23 million subscribers. Other digital platforms offering Bluefin include iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon Prime, Vimeo Plus and Sony PlayStation. Hopkins’ doc will air on CBC’s Doc Channel later in 2018 and has already been broadcast in Germany and on the Russian Television Network. The NFB is launching Bluefin to 150 libraries across Canada. Bullfrog Films picked up US Educational Rights last month.

Based in PEI, John Hopkins’ Square Deal Productions Inc. specializes in producing documentaries, cinematography, editing, and producing local TV commercials. Currently, Hopkins is developing a new documentary for the Nature of Things, and working as a cinematographer for other filmmakers over 2018.

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