John Gillespie has an Honours Degree in both Law and Film Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and attended various seminar courses at New York University in New York City, US. This foundation granted him the privilege to work and apprentice for many writers, painters and filmmakers during his Internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1990.
In 1991, John began his career with Commercials at Rawi Sherman in Toronto which led him to the realm of Feature Films and Documentaries. Since 1993, John has worked on fifteen (15) features as an Art Director/Production Designer before entering into Producing. Designing allowed him to work in Moscow, Israel, Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto.
Since 1997, John has been producing his own pictures which were completely financed through independent sources. In 2002, John started a publicly traded film company that ventured into distribution.
Shortly after, in 2003, John produced Hollywood North which Premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) featuring the Directorial Debut of Award Winning Producer Peter O’Brian. Hollywood North was awarded Best Picture at the Cinefest International Film Festival. While, Post City Toronto highlighted the film as being one of Toronto’s Top 25 Films of All Time.
From 2004 – 2008 John collaborated with Kim Coates with Ewan McGregor (Ice Cream Bandits), Mark Irwin (A Perfect Day), and Saul Rubinek. Four (4) pictures with Rubinek, God’s Thumbprint – Skylark – High Diving - Cruel But Necessary, on a studio level in partnership with Warner Bros. As well, John endeavoured to facilitate the creation of a co-production of Baker Street (Lionsgate release ‘Bank Job’).
John discovered 2009 was a great time to shift his focus to further develop and expand his real estate investments. With the onset of 2010, John partnered with Brad Clark to launch a film production company, which currently is developing six (6) Feature Films and a TV series.
Along with his passion for film creation, John has acquired 30 feature films in his library.