Aaron Douglas Johnston

Aaron Douglas Johnston

Netherlands

Biography

Aaron Douglas Johnston (1978) is an American-born, Netherlands-based writer/director. He received his master’s degrees in sociology at Oxford and Yale before finding his way into filmmaking in the Netherlands. Aaron’s previous films focus on insider/outsider themes and blur the boundary between documentary and fiction, through his process of intensely collaborating with non-professional actors. In Amsterdam, Aaron studied directing at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, where he made the Sundance-selected short TODAY AND TOMORROW, a drama made with and about political refugees living in the Netherlands. Aaron’s first feature, BUMBLEFUCK, USA, was dubbed "astutely observed" and "stealthily compelling" by Variety in its portrayal of self-discovery and gay life in small town USA. This project is currently being distributed in several countries. Aaron’s most recent work, MY SISTER'S QUINCEAÑERA, premiered in the Bright Future section of the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam and the narrative competition of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. At Binger Filmlab Aaron will further develop his project REZA AND THE REFUGEES with NFI Producties.

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