James Johnson
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I'm a film professional
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About me - current project:
American Courtesans
Laurels, awards and other accomplishments:
Bloody Hero Film Festival 2013 - Best Editing - Phoenix, AZ
Women's International Film & Arts Festival 2013 - Miami, FL
ECU European Independent Film Festival 2013 - Paris, France
Sacramento International Film Festival 2013 - Sacramento, CA
MAshRome Film Festival 2013 - Rome, Italy
International Film Festival - Environment-Health-Culture 2013 - Award of Excellence - Jakarta, Indonesia
San Francisco Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival 2013 - San Francisco, CA
Grand Rapids Film Festival 2013 - Grand Rapids, MI
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James Johnson - Director / Producer

I am someone who was born with a less than conservative mind set (yes, I said born with) and, growing up in a very conservative area, I found my life filled with conflict and adversity. At an early age I decided that I wanted to experience people and the world independently from society so I could form my own opinions. Other people telling me how I should think and feel about people who were not like me, never sat very well with me. My adventurous spirit has taken me places most would dare not go.

My experiences have made me an advocate for the persecuted, stereotyped, and misunderstood; the underdog and I have a great appreciation for diversity.

I didn’t always pursue a career in media. I earned a Bachelor's degree in science and a Masters in Management. I have worked in numerous fields, unrelated to the film industry, but have maintained creativeness and art as a hobby, until now.

I began my career as a director when I met Kristen DiAngelo and began writing and directing commercial content for her website. The working relationship that we established resulted in a creative flow of ideas that went beyond content for a website and developed into a documentary about the adult industry, with the potential of a series of documentaries to follow. Thus, the birth of “America Courtesans” and the christening of my journey as a director.

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At 12:09pm on March 26, 2019, Jason Lor said…

Hey James. Are you participating in the Sacramento Film Festival this year? Hope all is well.

At 3:11pm on April 24, 2013, Denise Bonitto said…
Thanks! Screening went well. Lots of fun!
Looking forward to hanging out with you and Kristin again soon!

At 4:48pm on April 18, 2013, Steven Robert Sommer said…

JJ? Is that you? Looking foreward. Hope all goes well. Oz

At 7:29am on April 17, 2013, Jon T. Gutierrez said…

Hi James,

Thanks for the request.  I will do my best to attend!




At 4:56pm on April 13, 2013, Denise Bonitto said…
You didn't miss it. There isn't one. Yet. :)
At 8:53pm on April 11, 2013, Reggie Rahming said…
Thank you for the friend request. Hopefully we do get a chance at SFF.
At 12:17am on April 11, 2013, Denise Bonitto said…
Hello! Nice to meet you as well.
I tried to reply to your message but it wasn't working so here I am!
I am attending the festival and will be at your film screening. I am excited to see it. It looks fascinating.
I hope you can come to see 144K as well and I look forward to meeting you in person. :)

Denise Colombo
At 9:41am on April 8, 2013, Rhett Cross said…

Hello,thanks for the invite.I'm new to the area and trying to get involved with the local film community.So I will try to make it out.Just depends on work hours and timing of your event.Will try to make it to the viewing.

At 1:45am on April 6, 2013, Wedlocked said…

Saw the trailer for your film and it looks incredibly moving. Best of luck with everything!

At 7:12pm on April 5, 2013, Robert Barrett said…

Hey, what's up? I am writing a western horror script called " The Westerns". It's pretty cool so far.

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Networking with Local Film Professionals for Our Next Project

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 3:35pm 2 Comments

Kristen DiAngelo and I will be attending the Sacramento International Film Festival taking place Saturday April 20th through Sunday April 28th. We’re excited to be attending and look forward to seeing a lot of films and meeting a lot of people.

We are looking to network with film professionals in the Northern California area. We plan on shooting our next film, which will be a narrative, exclusively in the Sacramento area and would like to connect with local talent.

We plan on…


The Connection Between Sacramento & American Courtesans

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 9:00am 3 Comments

While the idea for American Courtesans may have been sparked by a visit to an S&M club in NYC (see http://www.americancourtesans.com/about2.php); the actual creation took place on the opposite coast in Sacramento CA. Our company, Centex Enterprises, is located here in Sacto.

Kristen DiAngelo (Producer) and I began writing and brainstorming our documentary here. It went together quickly, taking only a couple of weeks…



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