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Friday, January 27, 2023

Montreal film entrepreneur Mel Hoppenheim has passed away


Key takeaways: 

  • Hoppenheim is known for working in movies and television and giving back to society.
  • Mel Hoppenheim received the Academy Achievement Award at the 30th annual Genie Awards in 2010. 

Melvin “Mel” Hoppenheim, famous Montreal filmmaker, cinematographer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, has passed.

“He was a Canadian film industry frontiersperson and an innovator with a fantastic list of achievements, including the construction of MELS Studios,” stated MELS Studios on its Facebook page.

The Quebec Film and Television Council also named him a pioneer on its Facebook page, saying “he was also a philanthropist who donated to the trip of Quebec’s multiple talents, creators and technicians.”

Born in 1937, Hoppenheim was raised in Montreal and passed Wednesday surrounded by his family. He had a long record not just in the meat and movie industry but also in giving back to society.

According to his obituary, Hoppenheim was highly committed to the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and had done on its board since 1989. He and his wifey, Rosemary Schirmer, were willing donors to the institute.

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Melvin “Mel” Hoppenheim, famous Montreal filmmaker, cinematographer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, has passed

He sported several other hats in the district, including serving as chair of the Combined Jewish Appeal (CJA) and on the Montreal Children’s Hospital board.

In 1937, Hoppenheim launched Panavision Canada in 1965, supplying cameras and other shooting equipment to the television and movie industry. Six years later, he opened another location in Toronto and Vancouver five years after. 

In 1988, he received the Expo Theatre in Montreal’s Cité du Havre district about Habitat 67. He made five studios that would become MELS Cité du Cinema, providing what has been praised as the most prominent sound and stage studios in North America. 

For 33 years, Hoppenheim worked near his partner, Michel Trudel.

“Mel, you have been an ideal partner. Thank you for these great years,” Trudel wrote on Facebook. “You will stay in our memories eternally.”

Source – CBC News

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