William Curt JOhnson photo from Hot Docs

Curt Johnson

Producer/director/writer, Curt Johnson began working in film during college where he was an activist for ACT-UP. He interned for the producers of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt” and that began his journey into documentary filmmaking.

In 1995, Johnson began his public relations company, New World, Inc. which focused on entertainment and movie premieres while working on several indie films in New York City to learn everything he could about films from the ground up.

After successfully promoting other people’s projects, Johnson decided to combine his two passions, producing and writing, and created his own production company, Indie Genius Productions. His first project, “Thoth” won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.

He followed that with the controversial critically reviewed and award-winning film “MMHA,” which received “Two thumbs up” from Ebert and Roeper.

Johnson fulfilled his wish of producing, writing, and directing his own documentary “Your Mommy Kills Animals”, which won multiple awards and was seen in theaters around the world. During that time he also served as creative editor for Showtime’s “American Drug War,” which also won multiple awards and is still being shown on the Showtime network.

Johnson’s upcoming projects include the Native American-themed “Sunrise” and an untitled documentary project dealing with the mental health crisis in rural America.