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Tragic Accident Takes Life of Canadian Filmmaker

By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

We were saddened to learn that Canadian director of photography John Driftmier and his pilot were killed in a plane crash on February 24 while on location in Kenya. Driftmier was 30 years old. Kenyan conservationist Dr. Anthony King was the pilot in the Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat that went down.

They had been shooting footage for the Canadian Discovery Channel series Dangerous Flights, ironically about risky shuttle flights of light aircraft flown to their new owners. Sometimes those flights cover intercontinental distances with aircraft needing repeated attention to get them safely to their destination.

Driftmier was working for Pixcom, which was founded in Montreal by Pierre-Paul Paquet in 1987 under the original name Pixart. Among his many credits, Driftmier is known for the series Highway Thru Hell and Licence to Drill, and as a cinematographer for the series Massive Moves. He shared a nomination for a Leo award for best direction in a documentary program or series for the Ice Pilots episode about a transatlantic crossing in 2009.

John Driftmier
John Driftmier attended Rideau Park Jr. in Calgary, Alberta, from 1996 to 1999.

Jacquelin Bouchard, CEO of Pixcom, said in a statement, "[Driftmier] was an incredibly talented director and cameraman, and a wonderful friend...Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this very sad time."

Driftmier is survived by his wife and his parents.

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