John Holder: Illustrator [the authorised documentary]
JOHN HOLDER: ILLUSTRATOR [The Authorised Documentary] is a Short Biographical Documentary on Veteran Illustrator, Cyclist and Bluegrass Musician John Holder. He is known internationally for his phenomenal creative talent and specialises in classic pen drawing with a generous twist of humour. The film, made my his grandson Louis Holder charts a more personal account of his artistic world bringing in brief glimpses of John's personal life and his love for many things; from cycling to chopping down trees, bluegrass music and travelling. Newspapers, magazines, ad agencies and big brands are all among his clients, and John was also responsible for the book GOD – Good Old Drawing, in 2012, which featured the work of 100 like-minded creatives. John loves old stuff in general – guitars, watches, bikes, and more – and lives in a 17th century home which also houses his studio. He helped set up the Cambridge Folk Festival 50 years ago, and played in one of the UK’s first Bluegrass bands. Every year he makes regular visits to Nashville, the home of the music he loves.
"With this short documentary film, I wanted to briefly explore the work and life of my grandfather John Holder, whom I look up to in every way, both personally and as an aspiring creative. John Holder: Illustrator is only a starting chapter in what I hope to be an inspiration for a potentially lengthy future project documenting the life and work of who I believe to be one of the country's most inspiring figures; having helped to co-found The Cambridge Folk Festival more than 50 years and establish Bluegrass as a mainstay genre in contemporary music. His varying hobbies and facets make him an extraordinary subject whom I've known since forever - so for me this project was very personal and kind of the culmination of having come 'full circle'."
Accolades Best Documentary: Finalist - Scout Film Festival, VT, US, 2016 Official Selection: Doc Sunback Film Festival - 2016 Official Selection: Grand IndieWise Convention - 2016 Official Selection - iPhone Film Festival 2017