Natalie Johns

February 28, 8:30am - 10:00am PST. Hosted at Maker City LA

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About the speaker

Natalie Johns is an LA-based award-winning director and auteur. Her independent spirit has taken her from her childhood home on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal to London, New York, and now Los Angeles with pit stops around the world.

Her first feature documentary “I Am Thalente” won the Audience Award at the LA Film Festival in 2015, and her most recent, ‘Max Richter’s SLEEP’ premiered at Sundance in 2020. She has also received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Directing of “Nostalgia, An Evening with Annie Lennox”.

Accolades for Johns’ commercial work include a Gold at the Digital Impact Awards for “Music for RAIN” with Solange for Coca Cola and an O Award for “The Switch” with Childish Gambino for YouTube.

Natalie always captures what makes her subjects rare and essential. She does this with everyone, from legendary artists to homeless skateboarders. You can see this in all of her work, including pieces for commercial clients like Nike, Google, Spotify, Vans, and MasterCard.

In addition to making films, Natalie is building her dream home with her husband in historic Jefferson Park while their daughter continues to teeth without actually growing teeth.

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