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Recent Productions

Mountain Range

When the Sun Sets (Lakutshon' Ilanga)

Short film, 14 min.

Johannesburg, 1985. A young, black nurse living in apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school. Inspired by actual events. Now streaming on HBO Max.

Winner of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards

Gold Winner in Student Academy Awards

Short-listed for 94th Academy Awards

Writer/Director - Phumi Morare

Producer - Christine Cho

Director of Photography - Sherry Yingying Qian

Editor - Mojtaba Mirshekari

Sound Designer - Andree Lin

Starring Zikhona Bali, Aphiwe Mkefe, Thembekile Mathe

Lost the Lead

TV Pilot, half-hour drama/comedy

After witnessing a violent swatting prank, a disgraced video game champion recruits a diverse group of nerds to take down his former corporate sponsor.

Writer/Director - Michael Hyon Johnson

Co-Producers - Amanda Dyer, Christine Cho

Director of Photography - Robert Chuck

VFX Supervisor - Jameson Mitchell

Editor - Miles Wilson

Starring Tristan Turner, Jaimie Leung, Keenan Gibson, Celia Schilling, Anika Kokatay, Aubrey Postier, Bennett Pollack Reeber, and Landon Jacob Lee


Short, 5 min. 

A Korean mother reaches out to connect with her biracial son. Shot as part of the 2022 Film Lab's 72-Hour Shootout.

Winner of the 72-Hour Shootout Best Screenwriting Award

Winner of the 72-Hour Shootout Best Directing Award

Listed as a Top Ten Film in the 72-Hour Shootout

Writer/Director - Michael Hyon Johnson
Asst. Director - Stefanie Bielecki
Gaffer - Stephen Ho
Script Supervisor - Christine Cho
Editor - Miles Wilson
Sound Recorder/Mixer - Josh Atwell

Starring Hannah Kwon and Christopher Pearson

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