You can finally watch my latest short MELVILLE online:

MELVILLE from James M. Johnston on Vimeo.

In other news, there is a chance MELVILLE could become a TV show.  Of course, that’s very tentative.  I have a series and pilot treatment ready to go.  SMAC Entertainment, headed by Michael Strahan and Constance Schwartz-Morini, are on board and WME is working with them to help make it happen.

But first, I have to do some more work on the pitch and find a show runner to help me develop it further.  The show runner part is important, that person completes the package and makes the project worth picking up for development by a network (i.e. any company distributing TV shows, be it broadcast or digital.)

So, there’s a long way to go.

Here’s what the trades had to say:



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My new short film MELVILLE is out on the festival circuit.

It premiered at SXSW, won the AUDIENCE AWARD for Best Short Film at Dallas International Film Festival, and was featured in the prestigious opening night shorts package at Maryland Film Festival.

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My latest short film KNIFE is now available for free online.

Here’s some info on it:

Super 16mm

Official Selection: SXSW, LA Shorts Fest, Sarasota Film Fest, Hamptons International, Sidewalk Film Fest, and more.

This film was made possible by a grant from Rooftop Films.

Written and Directed by James M. Johnston
Produced by Alec Jhangiani
Starring Charles Baker
Cinematography by HutcH
Edited by David Lowery
Original Score by Curtis Glenn Heath

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KNIFE in Sarasota

I’ve been so taken with all the exciting stuff happening for PIONEER I’ve been remiss in my KNIFE reporting.

I’m very happy and excited to announce that the film is done (mostly) and will be having it’s worldwide premier at Sarasota Film Festival.  Coincidentally, SFF is one of my favorite festivals!

This will be the first ever public screening of the film.  So far no non-film type people have laid eyes on it.  So I’m excited to see how this initial audience will take it.

We’ve already got a few more great festivals lined up and I will announce those when the time is right.

Also, a trailer is coming soon!

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The big news – as seen in the award above – is that we won the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at SXSW!

We’ve also got a bunch of screenings coming up:

Dallas International Film Festival – Shorts Program 1

  • Friday, April 1st at 9:45pm – Angelika Film Center #7
  • Saturday, April 2nd at 3:00pm – Angelika Film Center #6

Ashland Independent Film Festival – Short Stories

  • Friday, April 8th at 12:40pm – Varsity 3
  • Saturday, April 9th at 6:40pm – Varsity 3
  • Sunday, April 10 at 10:10pm – Varsity 3

Sarasota Film Festival – Narrative Shorts 1

  • Saturday, April 9th at Noon – Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 Theater 12
  • Monday, April 11 at 2:30pm – Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 Theater 11

Indie Grits Film Fest – Program 9

  • Friday, April 13th at 8pm – Town Theater

Nashville Film Festival

  • Details forthcoming

Independent Film Festival Boston

  • Details forthcoming
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Receive Bacon

I finally got my short film Receive Bacon up online! Making this film was truly satisfying. Not only did it take me from SXSW to Switzerland and lots of place in between but it’s also the only comedy I’ve made. Hearing that instant feedback from audiences is great.

Receive Bacon from James M. Johnston on Vimeo.

You can also watch it on YouTube if you’re into that.

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