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John Kent Harrison

John Kent Harrison, film director,
John Kent Harrison at work on Beautiful Dreamers. Scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

John Kent Harrison was Assistant Professor of film studies at Concordia University in Montreal and had made two short films before making his feature directorial debut with Beautiful Dreamers in 1990. Harrison attended Columbia University and Appleby College in Oakville, a short drive west of Toronto where Raymond Massey had studied in a much earlier time. Harrison’s work has been recognized with an Emmy Award for Helen of Troy (2003), and the mini-series A Wrinkle in Time, which won the International Children’s Film Festival in 2003. His Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Old Man won two Emmy Awards, the Humanitas Prize and the Columbus Gold Medal. He added a Directors Guild of America nomination in 2009 for his Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler starring Anna Paquin in the title role. His first feature was nominated for four Genie Awards in 1991. He is a writer-producer-director and we list his credits as a Director first.