The founder of Torfoot Studios, Johnathan Brownlee is an award-winning Canadian / American director, writer, producer and actor with a diverse international body of work including feature films, documentaries, episodic and digital content.
Johnathan is “genre agnostic.” His feature film projects include dramatic features such as Decoding Annie Parker, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Occupy Texas, Three Days in August, Eyes of Jefferson, My Name is Kira, Puppet Master and Satanic Panic and episodic content such as the home renovation show, Johnathan Brownlee’s atHome, The Will Rogers Story and Mi Vida, which earned Torfoot a total of 32 Telly Awards – 11 for directing.
A big believer in giving back, Johnathan recently served as CEO and President of the nonprofit 501(c)3 Dallas Film and Executive Director of the Dallas International Film Festival, where he created the High School Film Labs curriculum and co-created the Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM), a hands-on training program free to 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. He also co-founded The Dallas Classic Film Festival.
Johnathan’s 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, TX.