3rd Grade

JAMES M. JOHNSTON is an award-winning filmmaker from Fort Worth, TX.  He is part of the filmmaking collective known as Sailor Bear where he produced the films AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PIONEER, and LISTEN UP PHILIP.  He was a 2011 Creative Producing Fellow at the Sundance Institute, named to Variety’s 10 Producer’s To Watch in 2012, and won and Indie Spirit Award for producing in 2013.  Johnston is a writer/director in his own right and his short films including KNIFE, RECEIVE BACON, and MERRILY, MERRILY have played to great acclaim at festivals around the world.  His latest short film MELVILLE won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Dallas International Film Festival, is a Vimeo Staff Pick and named one of the best American short films for 2015 by IndieWire.  Johnston also co-owns two successful vegan restaurants with his wife Amy McNutt called Spiral Diner & Bakery and they are in the process of opening Fort Worth’s first art house cinema called The Citizen Theater.  Twitter @jmjfilm

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