Derek Wayne Johnson

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Derek Wayne Johnson
Derek Wayne Johnson.jpg
Johnson at the Northeast Film Festival, September 2013
Born (1983-02-23) February 23, 1983 (age 34)
Carthage, Texas, United States
Residence Hollywood, California
Alma mater Stephen F. Austin State University (B.A.)
Occupation Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Notable work

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic (2017)

STALLONE: Frank, That Is (2018)

Derek Wayne Johnson (born February 23, 1983) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer.

Born and raised in Carthage, Texas, Johnson began making short films at an early age winning several awards while still in high school. Johnson directed his first feature film in his senior year of film school. After college he broke into the movie business by directing independent films in Texas and Louisiana, eventually making his way to Hollywood.

In 2014 Johnson began production on a documentary about Academy Award-winning director John G. Avildsen whose credits include Rocky (1976), The Karate Kid (1984) and many other classic hits. The documentary, entitled John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017), will examine the life, career and films of the legendary director and features interviews with Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Weintraub, Burt Reynolds and many more. The documentary is a companion to the new book The Films of John G. Avildsen: Rocky, The Karate Kid, and Other Underdogs written by Larry Powell and Tom Garrett.[1]

In 2016 Johnson was handpicked by Sylvester Stallone to direct a documentary marking the fortieth anniversary of Rocky (1976) entitled 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic (2017). The documentary will feature Sylvester Stallone narrating behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.[2]

In 2017 Johnson began production on a documentary entitled STALLONE: Frank, That Is (2018) about the fascinating life and career of Grammy and Golden Globe nominated singer, musician and actor Frank Stallone, brother of Sylvester Stallone.

Awards[edit]

  • Commendation by the City of Los Angeles for the upcoming documentary John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017) and its association with The Karate Kid (1984) legacy.
  • Best Documentary - 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival - John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017).
  • Award of Excellence (Documentary Feature) - 2017 Impact DOCS Awards - John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017).
  • Award of Excellence (Documentary Feature) - 2017 Accolade Global Film Competition - John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017).
  • Best Actor in a Feature Film - 2014 Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City - Broken Blood (2013).
  • Best Actor in a Feature Film - 2013 Northeast Film Festival - Broken Blood (2013).[3]
  • Best Editor - 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival - Scrape (2013).
  • New York Post/HIFF Best Feature Film Trailer - 2013 Hoboken International Film Festival - Broken Blood (2013).
  • Best Louisiana Filmmaker Feature Film - 2013 Phenom Film Festival - Broken Blood (2013).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Redd, Joseph. "Award-Winning Texan Director Derek Wayne Johnson Visits SHSU", The Houstonian, Huntsville, TX, 09 September 2013. Retrieved on 20 November 2013.
  2. ^ Drown, Michelle. "John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Director Derek Wayne Johnson", The Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara, CA, 26 January 2017. Retrieved on 16 February 2017.
  3. ^ McLane, Rodger G. "Johnson’s films win three independent awards in 2013", The Panola Watchman, Carthage, TX, 24 September 2013. Retrieved on 20 November 2013.

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