FILMOGRAPHY + CIRRICULUM VITAE
FILMOGRAPHY + CIRRICULUM VITAE
film director, writer, producer, actor, photographer
INGRID & THE BLACK HOLE ('16)- Writer/Director/Producer/Editor
Two children discover a black hole and imagine what it would be like to travel through time.
Genre: Fantasy Drama. Running Time: 6 mins.
*Long Listed for the 2018 Academy Awards*
Winner: Best Canadian Short- Edmonton International Film Festival Winner: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Technical Achievement- Vancouver Island Short Film Fest
Winner: Best Canadian Short- Silver Wave Film Festival
Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Molly Dunsworth as “Ingrid”- ACTRA Maritimes
Winner: Best Actor Jordan Poole as “Young Conrad”- Young Performer Awards
Winner: $35,000 WIFT/Bravofact Pitch prize
Nominee: Best Short Subject- Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards
Broadcasts: CBC Reflections 2017, CBC Reel East Coast, Air Canada- Not Short on Talent 2017
Festivals: Cannes Film Festival -Telefilm's Not Short on Talent, Fantasia International Film Festival, CBC Short Film Gala- Atlantic Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, Festival de Cinema de la Ville Quebec, Yorkton Film Festival, National Arts Centre of Canada, Charlottetown Film Festival, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Showcase Truro Film Festival, Parrsboro Film Festival, Silver Wave Film Festival, Blood in the Snow Film Festival, Little Terrors Festival-Monthly Screening Series, Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, Reel to Real Int’l Film Festival for Youth, Toxic Nova Cinema Screening Series, ShorTS International Film Festival, Reel Shorts Film Festival, Halifax Independent Film Festival, Female Eye Film Festival.
MY YOUNGER OLDER SISTER ('15)- Writer/Director/Actor/Producer
A short drama about a young woman going into a crisis on the eve of her 19th birthday as she realizes she is about to out-age her older sister who died at 18.
Genre: Drama. Running Time: 17 mins.
Recipient of the 2014 Linda Joy Award. Awarded funding from Nova Scotia Arts Council.
Winner: Platinum Remi Award- Worldfest Houston
Nominee: Best Canadian Short- Silver Wave Film Festival
Nominee: Best Actress- ACTRA Maritimes awards
Broadcasts: CBC Reel Coast Program- 2016
Festivals: Shorts International Film Festival- Maremetraggio, Atlantic Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, Silver Wave Film Festival, Spotlight Gala: Showcase Truro Film Festival, Parrsboro Film Festival, NSI Online Film Festival
SOME THINGS WON'T SLEEP ('14)- Writer/Director
A short psychological thriller about a woman who attempts to do the most horrific thing possible to save her marriage.
Genre: Thriller/Sci-fi. Running Time: 10 mins.
Recipient of the National Screen Institute Drama Prize, 2013 & Brian Linehan Award Sponsorship.
Winner: Best Horror- Silver Wave Film Festival
Winner: Corus Fearless Female Director- National Screen Institute
Winner: Special Jury Prize- Worldfest Houston
Winner: Best Production Design- Canadian Film Fest
Nominee: Best Emerging Filmmaker- Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards Nominee: Best Short- Screen Nova Scotia
Nominee: Best Actress- ACTRA Maritimes Awards
Festivals: Montreal World Film Festival, CBC Short Film Gala- Atlantic Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortsfest Marketplace, Yorkton Film Festival, Canadian Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival- Monthly Screening Series, Worldfest Houston, Silverwave Film Festival, Nickel Independent Film Festival, Island Media Arts Festival, Parrsboro Film Festival, Love Your Shorts Film Festival, New Vision Film Festival, Halifax Independent Film Festival, Showcase Truro Film Festival, Tromadance Film Festival, HIFF Touring series.
ANOTHER MAN ('13)- Writer/Director/Producer/Editor/Actor
A short dramatic film about a woman who turns her boyfriend into an unwitting pawn in a vicious relationship cycle.
Genre: Drama. Running Time: 5:20 mins. Completed 2013.
Winner: Jury's Choice Award- Best Film (Under 5 Minutes)- Parrsboro Film Festival
Winner: Audience's Choice Award- Best Film (Under 5 Minutes)- Parrsboro Film Festival
Festivals: Montreal World Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Parrsboro Film Festival.
Film Projects In Progress:
Developing feature film, Creature He- selected to Frontieres International Co-Production Market, shortlisted Sundance Screenwriting Lab, 2018
Developing live-action children's series 'Keira and the Time Key' in association with DHX (CMF pre-development)
Commercial Directing Clients:
Presidents Choice, Town of Truro, Ski Wentworth, Big Brothers Big Sisters, RATH Eastlink Community Centre, Antigonish Municipality, Well Within Chiropractic, Burchell MacDougall Law Firm.
Grants & Awards:
Shortlist: Sundance Screenwriting Lab 2018- Scriptwriting Prize, Creature He
Shortlist: 5 in Focus Atlantic- Women in View- Female Directing Mentorship
Winner: Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television- Female Directing Mentorship
Winner: Corus Fearless Female Director Prize 2016- National Screen Institute
Film 5 (Phase I): Atlantic Filmmaker's Cooperative 2015- Development Support, Creature HE
Winner: BravoFact/WIFT 35k Pitch Contest 2015- Ingrid and the Black Hole
Nova Scotia Arts Council Funding Recipient 2015- My Younger Older Sister Nominated for the 2014 Fox Global Director's Initiative at Fox Studios Winner Linda Joy Award 2014 for film My Younger Older Sister
National Screen Institute Drama Prize Recipient 2013 – Some Things Won't Sleep
Recipient of Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation Award Sponsorship 2013 – Some Things Won't Sleep
Canadian Screen Awards: Jury Member, 2017
Viewfinders: Atlantic Film Festival: Jury Member,
2015 Showcase Truro Film Festival: Programmer, Atlantic Shorts Segment
On-Camera Acting for Film and Television: Ongoing, 2015
2017 Mary Kills People- Shadowed Director David Wellington on his episodes and directed several scenes.
2017 Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television - One of six female directors across Canada selected to participate in 6 month mentorship program with industry leaders.
2017 Next Step- Shadowed Director Melanie Orr on her episodes
2017 Dino Dana- Shadowed Director Stephen Reynolds on his episodes 2016 Reykjavik Talent Lab- International Training program
2015 Atlantic Filmmaker's Cooperative- Film 5 Writer/Director Training program
2013 National Screen Institute- Professional Development of Short Film 2012 Freelance Courses: Cinema Lighting with Polly Morgan, Moving from Still to Cinema with Vincent LaForet, HDSLR Cinema, Post Workshop at Film Independent, Final Cut X, Premiere Pro, After Effects.
2010 Advanced Comedy Intensive. Lesly Kahn Acting Institute, LA
2009 Advanced On-Camera Classes with Bob Krakower, One on One NYC
2008 New York Film Academy: Acting for Film with Jay Goldenberg
2007 New York University: BFA Drama & Musical Theatre
Film & Television Appearances:
Everyone's Famous (web) Guest Star CBC/Walter Forsyth My Younger Older Sister (short) Lead World Beneath/Leah Johnston Hidden Window (short) Principal Nickel Media/Greg Jackson Haven (3 episodes) Recurring, Under 5 Syfy/Shawn Piller Gossip Girl Under 5 Warner Bros./Lee Chemel As The World Turns Principal CBS/Michael Eilbaum In-Patient Principal Pilot/Zackary Adler
Another Man (short) Lead Indie Short/Leah Johnston
The Desert Encounter (short) Lead Indie Short/Blake Hodges O-Cast (web) Lead Coyote Lab/Bryan Dechart
American Dollhouse (LA) Lead Manic and Muse Bloodletters (NYC) Lead Lone Star/Adam Smith Unlock'd (NYC) Lead Playhouse Ttr/Selda Sahin Beautiful (NYC) Ensemble NYC Fringe/Al Sgro Into the Woods (NYC) Supporting NYU/Jordan Fein Rainy Day People (NYC) Lead NYU/Ryan Mekenian The Yellow Wood (NYC) Supporting NYU/Ryan Mekenian Sounds of Plaid (NYC) Ensemble NYU/Drew Garcia Anne of Green Gables (Canada) Swing, u/s Josie Pye Charlottetown Fest/Anne Allan Feux Follets (Canada) Ensemble Charlottetown Fest/Jim White Fire (Canada) Ensemble Charlottetown Fest/Richard Rose Legend of the Dumbells (Canada) Swing Charlottetown Fest/Duncan McIntosh
American Dollhouse ('11)- Gallery Godo, Glendale, CA. Director/Producer/Writer/Actor An experimental theatrical/video installation exploring the hidden desires of a family of living dolls trapped within a repressive 1950's household. Genre: Experimental. Running Time: 3 hours. Completed 2010.
September Artist Showcase ('10)- The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Hotter Than July ('10)- Gallery Godo, Glendale, CA. September Art Walk ('10)- NorbertEllan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Cannibal Flower 10th Annivery Show ('10)- Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, CA.
Selected Publications featuring Ms. Johnston's Photography
Huf Magazine. (2016, December) “Leah Johnston-Award Winning Canadian Filmmaker, Actor, Photographer and Writer.” Issue #56 Modern Metropolis. (2013, July 3) “Surreal Scenes Reveal Artist's Innermost Personal Secrets”. Lulus.com. (2013, July 3) “Breathtaking Imagery by Photographer Leah Johnston”. One Frame Magazine, Issue II. (2012, February 3) “Leah Johnston: Surreal Portraits, Powerfully Imagined Secrets”. p 30-32. Lights n' Colours. (2011, November 5) “Interview with Creative and Conceptual Photographer Leah Johnston”. Industry Wire. (2011, October 19) “Flickr Photographer Leah Johnston”. Stay in my Brain. (2011, February 20) “Interview: Leah Johnston”. Senza Respiro Magazine. (2011, January 1) Feature & Cover Story: “Leah Johnston”. pg 7. The D-Photo. (2010, November 23) “Fantastic Surreal Photography from Leah Johnston”. Web Urbanist. (2009, September 30) “Portrait Photography: 12 Creative Portrait Photographers”.
Businesses & Organizations:
2015 The World Beneath Productions incorporated as an inc. in Nova Scotia. Used to structure and facilitate concept-driven Canadian film with a focus toward female-driven content. 2010 Manic and Muse Productions Incorporated as an LLC in Fort Myers, FL. Used to structure and facilitate innovative film, theatre and multimedia productions.
Professional Memberships include:
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Screen Nova Scotia, Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP), Women in Film and Television (WIFT), British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD).
46 Smith Ave, Truro,
Nova Scotia, B2N 1C1, Canada
Tel: 902 956 9814