Johanna Kern

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Johanna Kern
Johanna Kern, Jan. 1 , 2013.jpg
Occupation Film Producer, Screenwriter, Director, Author, Entrepreneur
Years active Since 1995
Spouse(s) Patrick Kern-Wronikowski

Johanna Kern is a Canadian film producer, screenwriter, director, multiple award-winning author and entrepreneur, best known for her fantasy / family feature film "Shadowland: The Legend".[1][2]

Early life, education and beginning of artistic career[edit]

Johanna Kern was born in Poland, where she studied Fine Arts at the Visual Arts College, Kielce.[3][4] She then studied drama as an actor/apprentice in theatre, also in Kielce. She became a professional actress, and after moving to Toronto, Canada, continued acting on stage and screen.[3][4] The first screen credit she earned in Canadian film was for a principal role of Mrs. Yarulewski in "Sam & Me" (as Johanna Kern-Wronikowski), a feature by Deepa Mehta. At the same time, Kern also ran "SMYK" theatre company in Toronto, focusing its repertoire on young audiences, and worked as a radio Host/Producer at "Breakfast Radio Zet", a show targeting Polish-Canadian audiences in the Toronto area. Later, she continued her education at Ryerson Polytechnic University, and graduated with an honors B.A. degree in Applied Arts/Film Studies.[5][6] Kern was also the founder of "Kid Stage", an acting school for children, teenagers and young adults, operating in Mississauga, Ontario. She taught acting to over 100 children each semester, and produced stage musicals with a large cast of over 200 child actors and dancers, including "Kid Stage" students.[3]

In 2002, Kern decided to use one of her stage plays, "Frank, Big Baba and Forty Thieves" as the basis for her fantasy / family feature film. While "Frank, Big Baba and Forty Thieves" was a stage musical, filled with dancers playing "Robbers", the film version of the story (later titled "Shadowland: The Legend") was structured around fantasy creatures called "Shadows", played by dozens of highly skilled martial artists.[3][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Career[edit]

Johanna Kern is a filmmaker who is usually involved in all aspects of filmmaking: producing, writing and directing.[12] Early in her career, she was a professional actress in Europe, and in 1989 moved to Toronto, Canada, to pursue her career in film and television.[3][4] Kern has made a number of dramatic short films including the critically acclaimed short "Cherries for Brian" (1997 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival and Figueira da Foz International Film Festival- Portugal). Her other short films include "All About Men" (1996 Raindance International Film Festival and Cinewomen – Norwich International Film Festival), "All About Women" (1996), "Toronto: Second Society" (1995 – documentary about homeless) and "The Portrait of a Man" (1994)[5][6]

Aside from the short films she made in the 1990s, she also produced, wrote and directed "Shadowland: The Legend",[5][13] a fantasy / family feature film. The film was picked up for Canadian distribution by Entertainment One[14] and was first released across Canada on 4 September 2012, as VOD on several TV cable outlets, as well as on Telus, Itunes and Google play.[5]

Kern has also written several feature screenplays and worked as a producer/director on a number of television commercials and music videos.[6] She was the founder and executive director of "Fantasy Worldwide Film Festival" (2005–2007).[15] The festival had a widespread media coverage from many popular television, radio and newspaper outlets,[15][16][17][18] and focused on projects in the genres of World Mythology, Mysticism, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Legend & Archetype.[15][16][17][18]

Johanna Kern holds an Honors Bachelor of Applied Arts/Film from Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Canada, and previously studied drama and fine arts in Europe.[5][6]

Other professional work[edit]

Johanna Kern is the owner of After Rain Films, which produced "Shadowland: The Legend", and Wizdel, an online store for fantasy and science fiction lovers.[5] She was the Director of Programming for SpaceChannel.TV and DragonWorld.TV, (owned by IPX Entertainment) and co-producing with IPX Entertainment a number of series for the channels. Johanna Kern has extensive experience in counselling people on health and emotional problems, spirituality, family issues, relationships, death, life and career paths. She shares her knowledge on her blog, on her official site.

In January 2013, Johanna Kern and her husband Patrick Kern established non-profit organization Humans of Planet Earth Assn. (H.O.P.E. Assn.) to support people through workshops, seminars, events, conferences, classes, art, video & film projects and festivals, exhibitions, fairs, and shows [19]

In January 2016, Johanna Kern started her weekly radio show "The Life You Want is Yours - with Johanna Kern" on the British Islanders Radio, dedicated to helping people to make progress in their lives.[20][21]

Other writings and book awards[edit]

In 1999–2000 Johanna Kern wrote for "Kinema: a journal for film and audiovisual media".[4][22][23][24] In July 2012, Johanna Kern's autobiographical book, with focus on spiritual and personal growth, titled "Master and The Green-Eyed Hope", was published by Humans of Planet Earth Assn. (ISBN 148274726X)

She is also the co-writer (with Roy Fitzsimmonds) of "Shadowland: The Legend" novel for young adults, based on her feature film.

Johanna Kern also co-wrote "Shadowland: The Legend" song with famous European composer, Romuald Lipko (Budka Suflera)

BOOK AWARDS:

"Master and The Green-Eyed Hope"—Honorable Mention at 2013 San Francisco Book Festival (Spiritual/Inspirational)[25]

"Shadowland: The Legend"—Runner-up at 2013 San Francisco Book Festival (Young Adults)[25]

"Master and The Green-Eyed Hope"—Honorable Mention at 2013 New York Book Festival (Spiritual/Inspirational)[26]

"Shadowland: The Legend"—Honorable Mention at 2013 New York Book Festival (Young Adults)[26]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2012 "Shadowland: The Legend" (feature)
  • 1997 "Cherries for Brian" (short)
  • 1997 "All About Men" (short)
  • 1996 "All About Women" (short)
  • 1995 "Toronto: Second Society" (documentary about homeless)
  • 1994 "Portrait of a Man" (short)
  • 1991 "Kot w Butach" (TV movie)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Behind The Scenes, Shadowland: The Legend. "Shadowland: The Legend – The Making Of". After Rain Films. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Johanna Kern, starts at 28 min.". OMNI TV IN Kultura (Rogers cable). 
  3. ^ a b c d e Rozmowy, Nasze (13 May 2004). "Wychodząc z Cienia: Związkowiec rozmawia z reżyserką polskiego pochodzenia". Zwiazkowiec (in Polish): 18–19. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Johanna Kern – profile". Kinema: a journal for film and audiovisual media. 1999. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f POLONIUM, Gazeta (9 October 2012). "Worth watching – not just on Halloween". Gazeta POLONIUM. 
  6. ^ a b c d e GAZETA, GAZETA (18 October 2012). "Sukces polsko-kanadyjskiej reżyserki". GAZETA GAZETA (in Polish). 
  7. ^ Bonikowska, Malgorzata (26 November 2012). "Johanna Kern's fantasy world". Polonium / Gazeta Gazeta. 
  8. ^ Bonikowska, Malgorzata (26 November 2012). "Interview with Johanna Kern". Polonium / Gazeta Gazeta. 
  9. ^ Franco-Romano, Emalyn (28 August 2002). "Fantasy Action Flick has a familiar look". The Missisauga News. Arts & Entertainment. 38: Section A. 
  10. ^ Sokolowska-Gwizdka, Joanna (9 September 2002). "Z planu filmowego: Franek, Duża Baba i Czterdziestu Rozbojników". Gazeta Gazeta (in Polish): 14. 
  11. ^ Scene, Ontario (30 September 2002). "Life begins at Forty Thieves". Playback Magazine. Film & Television. 
  12. ^ Bonikowska, Malgorzata (8 October 2012). "Posluchajmy: sukces polsko-kanadyjskiej rezyserki" (Audio Interview for the newspaper). Gazeta Gazeta (in Polish). 
  13. ^ with Johanna Kern, Interview. "Interview with Johanna Kern". ThatChannel.com. 
  14. ^ ONE, ENTERTAINMENT. "Shadowland: The Legend – trailer". ENTERTAINMENT ONE. 
  15. ^ a b c & Entertainment, Arts (4 November 2005). "New Toronto festival to celebrate fantasy films". CBC NEWS. 
  16. ^ a b Eyeopener, The (19 October 2005). "Fantasy to Reality". THE EYEOPENER. 
  17. ^ a b FOCUS, FESTIVAL. "FANTASY WORLDWIDE FILM FESTIVAL". FESTIVAL FOCUS. 
  18. ^ a b SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLES, FANTASY &. "Fantasy Worldwide Film Festival". Science Fiction & Fantasy Chronicles Network. 
  19. ^ Johanna Kern Official Site http://johannakern.com/hope-assn/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Johanna Kern Official Site http://johannakern.com/radio-show/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "Schedule". Islanders Radio. Islanders Radio. 
  22. ^ Journal, Kinema (Spring 2000). "Spring Issue". Kinema: a journal for film and audiovisual media. 
  23. ^ Kern, Johanna (Spring 2000). "The emergence of Canadian Film Policy". Kinema: a journal for film and audiovisual media. 
  24. ^ Journal, Kinema (Fall 1999). "Movies and Money". Kinema: a journal for film and audiovisual media. 
  25. ^ a b San Francisco Book Festival, San Francisco Book Festival. "2013 Winners". San Francisco Book Festival. 
  26. ^ a b New York Book Festival. "Winners 2013". New York Book Festival. 

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