Chris Mason Johnson

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Chris Mason Johnson began his career as a performer, dancing in world-renowned companies such as the Frankfurt Ballet and White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

He then turned to writing and directing films. After making several shorts, his first narrative feature, The New Twenty (2009), was hailed by L.A. Weekly as “a sleek and accomplished debut film.”

Johnson’s second feature, TEST (2013), was described by Film Comment as “a film of rare electricity and intelligence” and won two Grand Jury Awards at Outfest 2013: Screenwriting and US Dramatic Feature.

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Johnson was head of development at Open City Films in New York and has taught screenwriting or film production, or both, at Amherst College and Rutgers University.

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Adjunct Professor, Film

BA, Amherst College