John Zaritsky Biography

John Zaritsky has won more than 40 awards for his documentary films, including an Academy Award, seven Geminis, Canada’s national television award, two Rockies, and a Columbia Dupont award. Three of his films have been nominated for an Emmy. His documentaries have been screened at major international film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, Hot Docs, Vancouver, and the International Documentary Film Festival in Reykjavik (Iceland), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Australia. His films over a 37-year film career have been sold and broadcast in over 50 countries. Zaritsky made films for 20 years from his home base in Toronto. He moved to Vancouver to direct the film Ski Bums, became a ski bum himself, and never left the west coast. Point Grey Pictures, his Vancouver production company, has recently made Gemini winners, College Days, College Nights, and The Suicide Tourist, as well as The Wild Horse Redemption. He is 66 and happily working on his latest documentary, a musical comedy about dying called Leave Them Laughing.