OPTIC NERVE FILMS
Optic Nerve Films is the production company of award-winning producer and director, Kevin Eastwood. The company was founded in 2004 as a boutique production company dedicated to making high quality, artistic and intelligent fiction and non-fiction media content for audiences around the world.
Most recently Optic Nerve Films produced After the Sirens for CBC Television, a documentary about the epidemic of PTSD amongst paramedics that premiered in 2018 and was nominated for Best Documentary by the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television, the Yorkton Film Festival and the 2019 Leo Awards. Before that Optic Nerve produced Vancouver: No Fixed Address, the latest feature documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Charles Wilkinson, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Film Festival and enjoyed a very successful five-week theatrical run before premiering on Knowledge in October 2017. Optic Nerve Films also produced Charles' previous film, Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World. That film also premiered at Hot Docs (where it won the festival's top prize), 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.
On the fiction side, Optic Nerve produced Preggoland, a feature comedy directed by Jacob Tierney and starring Sonja Bennett, James Caan and Danny Trejo. The film premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival where it received rave reviews and went on to win Most Popular Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best in Show at the Fargo Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Omaha Film Festival.
Other recent non-fiction credits produced by Optic Nerve include the Canadian Screen Award-nominated The Death Debate, and the Yorkton Golden Sheaf Award-winning documentaries Oil Sands Karaoke, directed by Charles Wilkinson, and Do You Really Want to Know? directed by Oscar-winner John Zaritsky. Before that, Optic Nerve partnered with production company Screen Siren Pictures to produce Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson directed by Trish Dolman. Eco-Pirate premiered at Hot Docs and won Best Documentary at the Projecting Change Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
In addition to its documentary and feature films, Optic Nerve has also produced a wide array of shorter form content for clients such as Arts + Crafts, Knowledge Network, the David Suzuki Foundation and the BC Civil Liberties Association. Such projects include the Leo-nominated music video for Post-War Blues by Dan Mangan starring Don McKellar; the Gemini Award-nominated short documentary Douglas Coupland: Pop Artist and PSA campaigns on such topics as ending solitary confinement and physician-assisted dying.