John Wellington Ennis

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John Wellington Ennis
Born (1973-02-21) February 21, 1973 (age 51)
Other namesJohn Ennis
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, activist, blogger
Known forDocumentary films, Blogging

John Wellington Ennis (born February 21, 1973, in Los Angeles, California) is an American filmmaker, activist,[1] and blogger.[2] In 2004, he directed a film starring Amy Poehler and the Upright Citizens Brigade titled Wild Girls Gone.[3] He is the co-founder of Video the Vote, a non-partisan group interested in documenting problems at U.S. polls. Ennis and Video the Vote co-created Free for All, a 2008 documentary about fraud in U.S. elections.[4][5] He is also the founder of Shoot First, Inc., a film production company.[6] His latest film is Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, a feature-length documentary about the corrupting influence of money in our political system, featuring Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, John Nichols, Marianne Williamson and more...

Ennis has produced and developed reality television for FremantleMedia, RDF Media, and Nash Entertainment, and his work has been seen on NBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, TLC, BBC, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Ennis’s New York City Toolz of the New School was a cult hit in the late 1990s. Ennis has produced many musical documentary, with many of today’s artists, such as Weezer, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Fergie, John Mayer, Jane’s Addiction, Ne-Yo, Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave and others.[7]


Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Editor Cinematographer Notes
1999 X-in Concert Yes Yes Television
2000 The Cindy Margolis Show Yes Television
2002 Meet My Folks Yes Television
2002 Moist Book Yes Yes Yes Yes
2002 Get Lucky Lampshades Yes Yes Yes Yes
2003 Faking It Yes Yes Television
2003 The Masked Champion IV Yes Yes Yes
2003 The Test Yes
2003 The Eligible Gentleman Yes Yes Yes
2004 The Complex: Malibu Yes Television
2004 The Sensual Lover of Bindalele Yes
2005 Next Big Thing: The 2 Skinnee J's Farewell Show Yes Yes Yes
multiple The Oprah Winfrey Show Yes Television
2006 Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety Yes Yes Yes
2006 Madison Rose Yes Yes Yes Television
2007 Wild Girls Gone Yes Yes Yes
2008 The Writers Room Yes
2008 Free For All Yes Yes Yes
2014 Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ Michele Meek (October 2008). "Getting it Covered: Video the Vote". The Independent.
  2. ^ John Wellington Ennis (May 2009). "Missing The Point of Atlas Shrugged". The Huffington Post.
  3. ^ "Wild Girls Gone". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  4. ^ Roger Ebert (October 2008). "Free For All". The Chicago Sun-Times.
  5. ^ Cobb, Chris (October 29, 2008). "Film fest documents fights for social justice". The Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  6. ^ "Shoot First Inc. Asks: Who Is Ken Blackwell? Star of Political Documentary". Politics & Government Week. August 11, 2008. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Brouillet, Carol (June 27, 2008). "Movement Building Radio Show w' William Lewis, Larry Pinkney, John Ennis & Marnie Glickman". Indymedia. Retrieved May 29, 2009.

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