John Driftmier was my dear friend and business partner for over 10 years in the television business. When we met at film school at Simon Fraser University, I was immediately struck by his intelligence, his humor and his work ethic. A bond was formed and we began writing and producing short movies together.
John quickly rose through the ranks within the television and documentary industry. As a director, John’s talent was one of a kind and as a camera operator, his tenacity and skill was impressive.
Together, we helped create 3 shows for Discovery Channel, including PYROS and the upcoming JACKED! Just days before John passed away, we finalized the deal with David Paperny and Paperny Entertainment to make COLD WATER COWBOYS and the rest as they say… is history.
Tragically, on February 25th, John was killed in a light aircraft in Kenya, Africa while filming Dangerous Flights.
Please help keep John’s memory alive by donating to the John Driftmier Scholarship Award. This award will give people a chance to remember John and it will encourage students to lead and direct as he did. It will keep his spirit alive over the years. Also, we all know that John was a mentor and helped many get started in television. This award guarantees both help for and encouragement of many promising directors far into the future. His spirit of service to others will continue to live through this award.