Dawn Johnson

Producer

Dawn Johnson grew up in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas with a double major in Government and Philosophy, she stumbled into filmmaking when a friend asked her to produce a documentary he was making with Rick Linklater. After that she knew she’d found her calling. Her second feature documentary was the ITVS-funded documentary Nuclear Family, which aired on numerous PBS stations nationwide. After a short stint in Los Angeles production managing for television series, she returned to her hometown of Austin. Since then she has been producing and directing feature and short documentaries, television series, and commercials. Her work as Producer/Director on the KLRU series Downtown earned her three Lone Star Emmys. She helped produce Margaret Brown’s award winning film Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt. She was the lead Field Producer for the A&E series Heavy, and produced a pilot for The National Geographic Channel about Tourette’s Syndrome. Since joining Arts+Labor she has produced Outside Industry about the history of the South By Southwest music conference, Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and Richard Linklater – dream is destiny, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Dawn Johnson