ABOUT NATIVE AMERICAN FILM PRODUCTIONS

We are a Native-owned film production company specializing in documentary movies that emphasize the cultural histories of Native American tribes, as well as the contemporary social, political, economic, and spiritual issues they face in society today. Through the mediums of film and still photography, we are committed to the preservation of the Native American experience in the world today with emphasis on both the personal and cultural stories told to us by Native Americans who struggle daily to integrate and survive in the two cultures they straddle.

It is our goal to thoroughly research and present our documentaries so that they can be appreciated by the most critical of our viewing public, both Native and non-Native alike.




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STAFF BIOS
  • Dennis W. Johnson, M.A.
    Executive Producer, CFO, Script Writer, Research Consultant

  Dennis was born in Stockton, California on January 23, 1947. His maternal grandfather was a Ponca Indian who once lived on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Dennis is an enrolled member of the Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (Tribal Membership Number: 381-U01965).

Dennis retired in June 2011 after 40 years of teaching as a tenured faculty member at the local community college (Monterey Peninsula College). He now holds the status of Professor Emeritus from that institution. His teaching expertise is in the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, and Research Methods. In addition to his college teaching experience in three major fields of study, Dennis served for four years as the Social Sciences Division Chairperson where he had the responsibility of hiring and firing Adjunct Instructors, managing a multi-million dollar budget, and scheduling classes in the Social Sciences curriculum. Currently, Dennis teaches lower and upper division courses in “Research Methods in Psychology” at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Dennis and his wife of 24 years, Lynn F. Johnson, along with their son, Bryan M. Johnson, are avid travelers who have visited most states in the U.S., as well as many other countries such as Canada, Mexico, most of Central America, and Peru. Dennis has extensively studied the ancient cultures and civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru, and has used his appreciation for indigenous peoples to further the understanding of, and advocate for, the preservation of these great cultures that inhabited the “New World,” as it was once called, and now occupy a place in our contemporary “Global Society.” Dennis has always had a strong interest in history and in reading and writing about ancient and contemporary cultures and the social, political, and economic issues that face them.

Since June 2010, Dennis has affiliated himself with two film production companies, in which he has both a financial and working interest. These companies, started by his son, Bryan, use the following names: "Bron Productions" and “Native American Film Productions.” The first company, still viable, features films related to non-native subjects. It specializes in the making of commercials, the filming of weddings, and other “rights-of-passage” documentaries. More recently, the second company, started by his son, Bryan, is a filmmaking business which focuses on the documentation and preservation of Native American culture and history. His major roles in these companies include occupying the statuses of Executive Producer, CFO, script writer, and research consultant.

  • Lynn F. Johnson, B.A., R.N.
    Producer, Project Manager, Digital Photographer

  Lynn was born in Portland, Oregon on March 2, 1954. She is the wife of Dennis W. Johnson, who is an enrolled member of the Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (Tribal Membership Number: 381-U01965). She is also the mother of Bryan M. Johnson, who is also an enrolled member of the Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (Tribal Membership Number: 381-U02186). Together, they each have both a working and financial interest in the film production companies, “Bron Productions” and “Native American Film Productions.”

Lynn retired in June 2011 after over 20 years of experience in pediatric, geriatric, and medical-surgical nursing. In her last two jobs, Lynn served as the Director of Nursing in a large, upscale Senior Residence Hotel and also as the Director of Nursing for a very busy Pediatric office in Monterey, CA. Lynn is an accomplished digital photographer, and avid “learner” who continues to seek higher education opportunities wherever she may find them. Top on her list of academic subjects to study is Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in Archaeology. Lynn has applied for admission and plans to seek a B.A. degree in these related fields in the Spring semester, 2014.

Lynn and her husband of 24 years, Dennis W. Johnson, along with their son, Bryan M. Johnson, are avid travelers who have visited most states in the U.S., as well as many other countries such as Canada, Mexico, most of Central America, and Peru.

Since June 2010, Lynn has affiliated herself with two film production companies, in which she has both a financial and working interest. These companies, started by her son, Bryan, use the following names: "Bron Productions" and “Native American Film Productions.” The first company, still viable, features films related to non-native subjects. It specializes in the making of commercials, the filming of weddings, and other “rights-of-passage” documentaries. More recently, the second company, started by his son, Bryan, is a filmmaking business which focuses on the documentation and preservation of Native American culture and history. Lynn’s major roles in these companies include occupying the statuses of Producer, Project Manager, and digital photographer.

  • Bryan Michael Johnson
    Director, Videographer, Editor

  Bryan was born in Monterey California on April 23, 1990. His maternal great-grandfather was a Ponca Indian who once lived on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Bryan is an enrolled member of the Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (Tribal Membership Number: 381-U02186).

Bryan was raised with four older sisters and an older brother in Seaside, California. His mother, Lynn F. Johnson, was an RN at the time of his birth, but retired recently to devote her time to working as a producer on various film projects related to Bryan’s film production companies, “Bron Productions” and “Native American Film Productions.”

Bryan’s father, Dennis W. Johnson, retired in June 2011 after 40 years of teaching as a tenured faculty member at the local community college (Monterey Peninsula College). He now holds the status of Professor Emeritus from that institution. His teaching expertise is in the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, and Research Methods. Currently, he teaches courses in Research Methods in Psychology at California State University, Monterey Bay. Bryan’s father is also an enrolled member of the Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (Tribal Membership Number: 381-U01965).

Bryan has had an interest in filmmaking ever since he was old enough to pick up a camera and press “Record.” Throughout his life, Bryan made videos for his own amusement, creating the story-lines and sets for movies he produced. Bryan also re-enacted scenes on film that were portrayed in movies he had seen in the theater or on TV.

When Bryan was in his early 20s, he enrolled in a 10-month certificate film program in documentary filmmaking, which was offered through an independent film school in Sedona, Arizona. The school was then called the “Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking.” The film school was sponsored by the well-known Hollywood producer, director, and screen play writer, Dan Gordon. The school was renamed in 2012 and is now called the “Sedona Film School.” While attending the film institute, Bryan learned the art and the mechanics of filmmaking by working in various statuses on the films of his student peers and by also creating his own original documentary film productions. At the institute, Bryan received instruction and training in all aspects of film production: producing, directing, writing scripts, filming, editing sound and film, as well as the less glamorous statuses identified as part of the filmmaking enterprise (Best Boy, Key Grip, etc.).

Bryan's original work in film, dating back to June 2010, used the business name, "Bron Productions." This company, still viable, features films related to non-native subjects. It includes the making of documentary films, commercials, and the filming of weddings and other “rights-of-passage” documentaries. More recently Bryan has started a filmmaking business focusing on the documentation and preservation of Native American culture and history.

  • Mario Pescarolo Iochpe
    Assistant Director, Assistant Photographer, Editor

  Mario was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After graduating from the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking in Sedona, Arizona, where he met Bryan Johnson, his ambition to be a part of the film entertainment industry led him to Los Angeles, California. Mario lived in Los Angeles for a year and a half, gaining “set work” experience in independent projects, and directing a music video in Los Angeles for his former band. In December 2012, he graduated from a 1-year extension course in Cinematography at UCLA.

  • CJ Cardinalli Johnson
    Web Master, Graphic Designer, Sound Designer

  CJ was born in Monterey Ca. His maternal great-grandfather was a Ponca Indian who once lived on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. CJ is also an enrolled member of the Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

CJ attended Califonia State Univerity Long Beach and graduated with a double Major in Film and Electronic Arts (specializing in sound design) and Web Design and Development.

CJ now resides in southern California where he works full time as a web developer.

CONTACT US
Email : nativeamericanfilmproductions@yahoo.com
Phone : 831-277-2995