Christian Johnston invented his edgy, running and gunning style of energetic
filmmaking before he even realized he was a filmmaker. When he was ten years old, he loaded up the family Super 8 camera and
filmed his family and friends acting out the high-energy scenes he concocted. He won his first festival award for a short
film at 17 years old. Born and raised at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Johnston conquered several extreme sports before he was old enough to drive legally.
As a competitive snowboarder, he spent entire winter days and nights careening down 30-degree mountainsides, half an eye on
the white powder under him, and all spare eyesight on the eyepiece of his DV camera aimed at the worlds best snowboarders
all over the world. From these shoots he released four documentaries into worldwide release.
Johnston followed his passion to tell edgy, thought
provoking stories on film by enrolling in USC Film School, and became an official nonconformist filmmaker. Johnstons alternative ingenuity was a perfect fit to direct commercials, short films, music videos, extreme sports and lifestyle
TV episodes, and documentaries that offered free creative reign for his distinctive style.
Johnston traveled to over thirty countries in his
28 years directing and shooting, but was always looking for the one film project that would combine adventure and a search
for the truth.
Johnston has been singled out in SHOTS as one of
five new directors selected from around the world as New Blood, and granted a Director to Watch award from Boards Magazine.
His 8 pro bono PSA campaigns for the American Lung Association won him a first place Prism Award. His creations have earned
awards like Best Film, Best Sports Film and Best New Director at local festivals and advertising awards ceremonies around
the United States. He has made a swarm of alternative commercials, including one for McDonalds that drew a parallel between
speed skaters and the fast food chains staffers. He also directed ads for Calvin Klein, SSF Motorsports/BMW Racing and two
award-winning international ad campaigns for Puma featuring the popular skate-boarders, Gino Perez and Kien Lieu. He has directed
music videos for artists on major labels such as Warner Bros. Records and A&M Records and the indie labels Dark Horse
Records and ESL, and he directed three music videos for Thievery Corporations Minor Conspiracy album.
Johnston was a natural on his own turf as creator,
director and executive producer for five TV series, including 26 episodes of Winning Women, a program about top female
athletes around the world. He enjoyed directing and executive producing two youth lifestyle TV shows, Nocturnal and
Driven, that were shot in Thailand, Bali, New Zealand, Chile and a dozen other locations around the world.
Johnstons other recent projects include a documentary sponsored by Kodak
and American Cinemateque, Breaking In: Tales from the Hollywood Front, which followed the challenging behind-the-scenes
lives of filmmakers on the festival circuit over the last four years. Johnston, along with Christian van Gregg, created the Anonymous Content and Brett
Morgan produced film, Trial by Fire, about at-risk youths in action in a little known juvenile detention firecamp program
that allows rival gang members to fight wild fires side by side as they learn to respect the power of Mother Nature and each
Johnston maintains Complex,
his new commercial, TV and film company, housed by a collective of subversive creatives in Hollywood, with offices
in Prague and Paris, for all of his projects. He is represented by ICM, Anonymous
Content and Cucoloris in the US, and Stark Films/Large in London for commercials.