Jamie Johnson (filmmaker)
|Born||James Wittenborn Johnson
1979 (age 34–35)
New York University
|Parents||James Loring "Jimmy" Johnson
Gretchen Wittenborn Johnson
Johnson was born in 1979 to James Loring Johnson, a Johnson & Johnson heir (who once funded a documentary about apartheid and economic unfairness in South Africa), and Gretchen Wittenborn Johnson, sister of screenwriter and novelist Dirk Wittenborn. Johnson graduated from Pingry School, a preparatory school located in Martinsville, New Jersey. He attended New York University, where he majored in American History.
Filmmaking and cameo roles
In 2003, Johnson made Born Rich, a documentary film about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world's richest families. It was purchased by HBO and nominated for two Emmy Awards including "Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming" for the director. The other nomination was in the category "Outstanding Nonfiction Special" for the producers: Sheila Nevins (executive producer), Wittenborn (produced by) and Johnson (producer).
In 2006, Johnson's second film, The One Percent, premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival. The 80-minute feature discusses the challenges America faces as a society in which one percent of the people control nearly half the total wealth. The film featured Robert Reich, Bill Gates Sr., Milton Friedman, and many others, coming from various socioeconomic strata, including residents of Chicago's Cabrini–Green housing project and Hurricane Katrina victims. When Johnson interviewed Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, Friedman accused Johnson of advocating socialism and abruptly ended the interview.
|2003||Born Rich||Director, co-producer|
|2006||The One Percent||Director, co-producer|
|2011||Gossip Girl (TV series)||Cameo as himself||Season 5, Episode 3 - "The Jewel of Denial"|
|2012||Arbitrage (film)||Cameo as Julie's suitor|
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- Chaplin, Julia (October 12, 2003). "Biting the Silver Spoon That Feeds Him, on Film". New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Johnson, Jamie (June 15, 2005). "Jamie Johnson: Fable of Fortune". The Moth. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Frank, Robert (February 23, 2008). "The Rich Man's Michael Moore: Why an Heir Continues to Document -- and Anger -- the Wealthy". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Shifting Social Classes: How the Recession Affects Rich People". The Oprah Winfrey Show. May 22, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Pressler, Jessica (October 11, 2011). "Gossip Girl Recap: Everyone Goes Off the Rails at Some Point Around Here". Vulture. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Jamie Johnson - Rotten Tomoatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Johnson, Jamie. "The One Percent". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 28, 2013.