Kevin Eastwood is an award-winning director and producer based in Vancouver who works in both drama and non-fiction. Optic Nerve Films is his company through which he provides both producing and directing services. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Kevin is the third generation in his family to go to art school (both his parents and grandfather were all visual artists). Kevin has produced or directed a diverse array of dramatic and non-fiction programming including movies, TV series, documentary features, doc series, dramatic series, music videos and PSAs. For his work as a producer, he has won a Gemini Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Allan King Award from the Directors Guild of Canada, three Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards, three Leo Awards (and been nominated for another six), and the top prize at the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. For his work as a director he has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, two Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards and three Leo Awards.
Most recently Kevin directed and produced After the Sirens, a documentary for CBC Television about paramedics and PTSD that premiered in 2018 to great reviews and generated considerable press and media coverage. The program was nominated for Best Documentary by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, Best Documentary (Social/Political) at the Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards, five Leo Awards (winning for Best Cinematography and Best Score) and won the Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting at the 2019 CAJ Awards.
Before that, Kevin was the executive producer of Vancouver: No Fixed Address, the latest feature documentary from director Charles Wilkinson. The film premiered at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and went on to enjoy a very successful five-week theatrical run before premiering on Knowledge Network in October 2017.
Kevin also executive produced Charles' previous film, Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World which won Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2015, and went on to win the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary at the 2016 DGC Awards, as well as Most Popular Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival and three Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.
Kevin is probably best known however for being the director and co-executive producer of Emergency Room: Life + Death At VGH, a ground-breaking documentary series that was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards (Best Direction and Best Documentary Program) and won Best Documentary Series and The People’s Choice Award for Favourite Television Show at the 2014 Leo Awards.
Other recent non-fiction credits include The Death Debate (for which Kevin was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction); Oil Sands Karaoke, also directed by Charles Wilkinson (Hot Docs 2013); Do You Really Want To Know?, directed by Oscar-winner John Zaritsky; and Eco-Pirate: The Story Of Paul Watson, directed by Trish Dolman (Hot Docs 2011 and winner of Best Documentary at the Projecting Change Film Festival).
Recent drama credits include co-producing and directing the second unit for all 20 episodes of the CBC drama series The Romeo Section from creator Chris Haddock, and producing the feature comedy Preggoland, directed by Jacob Tierney and starring Sonja Bennett, James Caan and Danny Trejo.
Some of Kevin's other feature credits as a producer include the cult hit zombie comedy Fido, starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Billy Connolly (Official Selection: TIFF and Sundance); the Canadian box office hit comedy, The Delicate Art Of Parking and Crimes Of Mike Recket directed by Bruce Sweeney (Official Selection, TIFF). Among his television credits, Kevin was the Supervising Producer on the Gemini Award-winning CTV movie Elijah about the late Canadian First Nations leader, Elijah Harper.
Kevin's other directing credits include the music video for Post-War Blues by Dan Mangan starring Don McKellar; the Gemini Award-nominated artist profile short Douglas Coupland: Pop Artist; seven episodes of a documentary series for Animal Planet; and multiple projects for the BC Civil Liberties Association, Canada’s longest-running civil liberties association.