Crafthaus Ltd. was initially incorporated on October 31, 2013, by Jeff Boulton and Tammi Orescanin in order to produce content out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
During its first year of operation, the Crafthaus team produced a series of ten short documentaries on individual creators and makers who were part of Hamilton’s renaissance from steel city to a haven for the creative arts. Re:Make Hamilton was supported by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office and was launched in 2014 to wonderfully positive feedback from the community.
After the local success of Re:Make Hamilton, Jeff Boulton returned to freelance producing, consulting, and teaching, and Crafthaus stayed dormant for the last five years.
During that time, Jeff joined Don Carmody Productions (DCP) and Don Carmody Television (DCTV) as the Head of Production, where he was intimately involved in producing the Netflix and CBC series Northern Rescue (Billy Baldwin, Kathleen Robertson, Michelle Nolden), as well as the feature films Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle (written and directed by two-time Oscar-winning writer-director Mike van Diem, starring Ksenia Solo, Gijs Naber, Lidia Vitale, Giancarlo Giannini), Survival Box (starring Jake Kenny-Byrne, Michala Brasseur, María José Zuniga), Lucky Day (written and directed by Oscar-winner Roger Avary, starring Luke Bracey, Nina Dobrev, Crispin Glover), and Death of a Ladies’ Man (starring Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Paré, Brian Gleeson).
At the end of 2019, Jeff left his position at DCP and DCTV to return to developing his own motion pictures under the Crafthaus Ltd. banner. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down production work around the globe, Jeff and his team have used this time to build the company’s 2020-2021 Development Slate.