SAVING NORTHRescuing the Wooden Churches of Northern Russia
A film by J. Mitchell Johnson
J. Mitchell Johnson self-made "SAVING NORTH: Rescuing the Wooden Churches of Northern Russia" as a labor of love over an 8-year period with the help and support of various colleagues in the USA, Russia and the UK. He was director, producer, cinematographer, writer and editor for the film. About J. Mitchell Johnson
Johnson, worked for four-time documentary Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim after finishing the cinema graduate program at the University of Southern California. Later he founded his own independent media companies, J. Mitchell Johnson Productions, Inc. and Abamedia.
Johnson's directorial debut was for the PBS documentary about the 1977 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, "Contest to Carnegie Hall." This award-winning piece ushered subsequent PBS/A&E projects including USA (now Sundance) Festival-winner "Moses Pendleton Presents Moses Pendleton."
His work with Russian subjects began in 1995 with a 22-part television series produced for Russia's Channel One, co-ventured with ABC News-New York. His interest in Russia inspired the year 2000 PBS prime-time Cold War television series, "Red Files," which won the International Documentary Association's "Best Limited Series" award.
Johnson's film, "World Without Waves," premiered at Moscow's International Film Festival in 2006 and won the Santa Fe Film Festival's Milagro Award (best Southwest independent film) that same year.
In 2012 Johnson began a new slate of independent documentaries with "SAVING NORTH." Films currently in production include "Remaining Human: Channeling Norbert Wiener" and "Coming Round: The Kashia Band of Pomo Struggle for Homeland."
Johnson is a past President of the Lone Star Film Festival. He serves on the board of San Francisco's TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy. About Cinematographer Bob Elfstrom
Bob Elfstrom, who has earned a reputation for award-winning productions and cinematography, provided additional shooting in California for "SAVING NORTH." His impressive library of work has appeared on prime time television and the silver screen, including: "NOVA: The Race for the Superconductor" (Emmy Award winner); American Masters: "Finding Lucy" (Emmy –Best Documentary); NBC Prime Time Specials: "Bill Gates" (Tom Brokaw Special); Discovery Channel: "Cathedrals of the Sky"; Feature Films: "Gospel Road" (with Johnny Cash); Feature Documentaries for Maysles Films: "Gimme Shelter," "The Running Fence" and "The Wrapped Islands." About Consulting Producer Dennis Bishop
Dennis Bishop has won numerous awards for motion picture productions in various media, served as vice president of production at HBO Pictures, and managed several companies in different industries. He has worked off and on with Johnson since 1982. Bishop has chaired committees at the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was a resource advisor for the Sundance Institute, served as director and later advisor of the Lone Star International Film Festival and Film Society, and was a co-founder of Earthx Film Festival. About Consulting Producer Denis Luzanov
Denis Luzanov is a Moscow-based film editor and producer with a long list of dramatic and documentary films under his belt. Most recently as a producer and co-producer, he has been responsible for Kerosine (2019), A Lifetime Ago (2018), and Turkish Saddle (2017). He is also the founder and owner of Tritona Studios in Moscow, a distributor and production facility specializing in fiction and non-fiction films. He has worked with Mr. Johnson on various projects since 2011. About Consulting Producer Jonathan Sanders, Ph.D.
Jonathan Sanders is one of the West's leading experts on Russian film-based visual culture. He has written two books on the subject, "1917: The Unpublished Revolution" (NY: Abbeville Press, 1989) and, with Hedi Hollinger, "The Russians Emerge" (NY: Abbeville Press, 2002). Dr. Sanders has worked extensively on television news programs, specials, and documentaries, including consulting on the website component of the award-winning "Red Files" series, produced by J. Mitchell Johnson & Abamedia for PBS. He spent a decade as a Moscow-based CBS news correspondent. About Executive Producer Mark Gunderson
As a sole practitioner for 35 years in Fort Worth, architect, writer, teacher and collector W. Mark Gunderson searches for insight and meaning in both the poetic
and technical aspects of our existence. He is a past president of both AIA Fort Worth and the Dallas Architectural Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum, where for 9 years he was Vice-President / Panels and Symposia. Gunderson is a Contributing Editor to Texas Architect
and a recipient of the John G. Flowers Award from the Texas Society of Architects. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Texas Tech University College of Architecture. A co-author to the book Buildings of Texas, Volume Two,
he worked with Nathaniel Kahn on his 2001 Academy
Award-nominated documentary My Architect
and has worked with longtime friend
J. Mitchell Johnson on A Well-Made Object
, the Lone Star Film Society Bruton Award as well as Saving North
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