John Chester

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John Chester is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and television director. His recent short films for OWN’s Super Soul Sunday (including Saving Emma, Worry for Maggie and The Orphan) have won five Emmy Awards, for outstanding directing, writing, and cinematography, among others. Chester first reached a wide audience with his primetime television docu-series on A&E, Random 1, which he directed and starred in in 2006. The series then inspired his feature documentary Lost in Woonsocket, which premiered at SXSW in 2007. Chester also directed the documentary Rock Prophecies, about legendary rock photographer Robert Knight, which won three audience awards for best documentary feature and was distributed nationally on PBS in 2010.  

His latest project The Biggest Little Farm, is a feature-length film that chronicles the epic 8-year story of Apricot Lane Farms, the regenerative farm he and his wife Molly started in 2011. The film premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival [1] and Toronto International Film Festival and 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and releases May 2019 in theaters nationwide. In 2018, Chester also landed a 3-year book deal with acclaimed publisher Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan for a spin-off children’s book series featuring characters from the film, of which the first installment Saving Emma the Pig will be released Spring 2019.[2]

Filmography as a director[edit]


  • 2018 Emmy Award Special Class – Outstanding Writing “The Orphan” [3]
  • 2017 Emmy Award Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program “Worry for Maggie” [4]
  • 2017 Emmy Award Outstanding Cinematography “Worry for Maggie”
  • 2017 Emmy Award Directing Special Class “Worry for Maggie”
  • 2016 Emmy Award Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program “Saving Emma”
  • 2010 American Public Television Program Excellence Award “Rock Prophecies”/PBS
  • 2009 (1) Best Soundtrack Award “Rock Prophecies”
  • 2009 (3) Audience Awards Best Documentary Feature “Rock Prophecies”
  • 2006 PRISM AWARD NOMINATION “Random1”/ A&E
  • 2004 Emmy Nomination “Falling Leaves”

External links[edit]

  • ^ Debruge, Peter; Debruge, Peter (2018-09-01). "Telluride Film Review: 'The Biggest Little Farm'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  • ^ "Saving Emma the Pig | John Chester | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  • ^ Hipes, Patrick; Hipes, Patrick (2018-04-28). "Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: 'Bold And The Beautiful', 'Sesame Street' Top Winners". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  • ^ "Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing", Wikipedia, 2019-01-24, retrieved 2019-02-13