By providing impactful videos, Truefaux is dedicated in supporting people and organizations that make positive social and cultural change.
About Truefaux Films
Established in 2007, filmmakers John Hillis and Hannah Minzloff teamed up creating Truefaux Films, a platform which develops and produces social impact media content, successfully promoting community engagement on a local, provincial and national scope. The duo focuses on projects that expand understanding, change perspectives and challenge people to take action. Truefaux develops a complete package around each project that is adaptable to specific needs - screening guides, discussion points, action initiatives, etc, in order for communities to facilitate change. At Truefaux the goal is always to stimulate discussion and open up avenues of thought that continue long after each projects’ conclusion.
Impact Producer | Filmmaker
Hannah is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She is a dynamic, highly regarded community leader, and is the co-owner of Truefaux Films.
Working as Truefaux’s impact film producer, Hannah is adept at building trust and making meaningful connections. She thrives in leadership situations requiring collaboration, pro-active decision-making and strategic planning and direction. She is trilingual, speaking English, French and German.
More about Hannah
Hannah has held numerous roles in the arts community from workshop facilitator to festival director, alongside being co-founder and owner of Truefaux Films. Her photo and film-based projects expand understanding, change perspectives and challenge people to take action. She develops a complete package around each project that is adaptable to specific needs - screening guides, discussion points, action initiatives, etc. in order for communities to facilitate change.
Hannah is currently collaborating with University of Nebraska Omaha and Dalhousie University to develop engagement toolkits for Dementia, Dad and Me, a personal film which follows her and her father as they find new ways to connect, and navigate the delicate transition of roles from father and daughter to caregiver and cared-for.
Director | Filmmaker
John brings a vibrant energy which helps to harness the personalities and atmosphere encountered in non-industry filming environments, with the ability to craft the resultant content into absorbing narratives.
Film and digital content creator since 1999. John has an MA in Screenwriting along with Producer and Director credits including: series television, television commercials, live-streamed events, feature length documentaries, and hundreds of corporate videos. Experienced creative and technical filmmaker able to communicate with crew effectively in order to deliver high quality compelling content.
More about John
John learned his craft on sets beginning in the early 1990s. Initially with the thrilling jobs of keeping people from walking through doors at the wrong time and fetching coffee (still one of his regular tasks). He was then able to bring his photography background to camera departments, then his organizational skills to the AD departments, and slowly began to fill in where needed throughout productions.
His short film Ethan’s Walk caught the attention of a producer on Street Cents and he found himself directing commercial parodies and consumer reviews for the Emmy winning show. After producing and directing real commercials and broadcast documentaries he decided to explore his narrative interests and took to England for a two year Masters program(me) in Screenwriting.
Returning home from his Masters' adventure, married with a child on the way, John along with his wife Hannah, founded Truefaux Films, a media creation company with a desire to leverage their respective creative talents into positive contributions for their community. Since 2007 they have been helping non-profit organizations tell their story in a compelling manner, creating awareness, support, and community strength.
An educator at heart, John has implemented free photography and video programs for at-risk youth, mentored emerging filmmakers and taught at 4 post secondary institutions in three different countries.
John lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his wife, daughter, his speed skates, and a well used mountain bike.
"I can't believe how perfect the result was. We were juggling a lot of things, and to have Truefaux step in and just make this happen was a godsend.”
Sheila McGinn President, Nova Scotia Masters Speed Skating Club