Johnathan Brownlee

The founder of Torfoot Studios, Johnathan Brownlee is an award-winning Canadian American director, producer, writer and actor with a diverse international body of work. His feature films, documentaries, television series and digital content can be viewed globally.

Johnathan is “genre agnostic.” His projects include dramatic features such as Decoding Annie Parker, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Occupy Texas and Three Days in August. He has horror comedies features such as Puppet Master and Satanic Panic. And he has episodic content such as the home renovation show, Johnathan Brownlee’s atHome, and Mi Vida, which earned Torfoot 14 2021 Telly Awards – five for directing.

A big believer in giving back, Johnathan recently served as CEO and President of the nonprofit Dallas Film and Executive Director of the Dallas International Film Festival, where he created the Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM), a hands-on training program for honorably discharged veterans. He also served on the Community Board for First Credit Union as Vice Chair and as the Los Angeles representative for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

​Johnathan has taught, lectured or consulted at some of the most respected institutions, including Harvard, Vancouver Film School, LA Film School, NYU, University of Toronto and the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas.

Creative Partners

Johnathan is supported by experienced professionals covering every discipline, from which he assembles the perfect team for each project. Here are some brief introductions to a few of the key players.

Ideaman Studios

Helmed by David Maddox, Ideaman Studios is a one-stop shop for many projects. Johnathan drinks more coffee here than any other studio in Dallas.

Alter Ego

This is one of the truly great post-production companies. Based in Toronto, Canada, they are Johnathan’s go-to collaborators when it comes to developing a color palette for a project. As he says, “They’re my Canadian brothers and sisters, although I first met the owner at a swim at bar in Mexico (don’t ask).”

Creative Partners

Johnathan is supported by experienced professionals covering every discipline, from which he assembles the perfect team for each project. Here are some brief introductions to a few of the key players.

Ideaman Studios

Helmed by David Maddox, Ideaman Studios is a one-stop shop for many projects. Johnathan drinks more coffee here than any other studio in Dallas.

Alter Ego

This is one of the truly great post-production companies. Based in Toronto, Canada, they are Johnathan’s go-to collaborators when it comes to developing a color palette for a project. As he says, “They’re my Canadian brothers and sisters, although I first met the owner at a swim at bar in Mexico (don’t ask).”

Working in Texas

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Torfoot takes advantage of one of the country’s largest business hubs and an expanding entertainment community – or, as Johnathan puts it, “The Center of Modern Entertainment.” The Lone Star State has always been production-friendly and overflowing with talented professionals. From The Last Picture Show and Giant to Bernie and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure to, most recently, Taylor Sheridan’s 1883, Texas is open and ready for business. And with two major airports in our backyard, we can – and we do – go all over the planet looking for great locations to produce the next project.