J. Mitchell Johnson is CEO of Abamedia, a film/tv and new media production company. Johnson’s most recent dramatic feature film, World Without Waves, won Santa Fe Film Festival’s Milagra Award and premiered at Moscow’s International Film Festival. His directorial debut was the 1977 Van Cliburn Piano Competition PBS documentary, Contest to Carnegie Hall. It brought awards and subsequent PBS/A&E projects including USA (now Sundance) Festival-winner, Moses Pendleton Presents Moses Pendleton. In 1984 Johnson headed national television production for Mondale’s Presidential campaign, and produced the showcase film for San Francisco’s Democratic National Convention.
From 1985-1995, Abamedia teams traveled the world making films for Fodor’s, and then produced for Russia’s ORT a 22 part series co-ventured with ABC News in New York. In 1996, Johnson started an electronic catalogue project (RussianArchives.com) with Russia’s pre-eminent film archive at Krasnogorsk, Russia. Since inception, RussianArchives.com includes a database of 44,000 non-fiction films. In 2000, Abamedia’s PBS cold-war series, Red Files, won International Documentary Association’s “Best Limited Series”. In 2001 he produced and directed Yanks for Stalin, a one-hour documentary for USA’s THE HISTORY CHANNEL about American capitalists and socialists who assisted Stalin’s “five year plan.”
In 2009 Mr. Johnson began the development of an international television series on the history of the Computer in association with the Computer History Museum of Mountain View, California, USA. He serves on boards of San Francisco’s TRACK TWO (Institute for Citizen Diplomacy), the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County Texas, and the American Film Festival of Moscow. Currently he is President of the Lone Star International Festival based in Fort Worth, Texas.