Madeline Johnson is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose work has screened at numerous festivals. She graduated from Yale University and FAMU.
Madeline Johnson is an award-winning screenwriter and director who has written three feature films and ten short scripts.
She is currently finishing final drafts of two feature scripts. She is also developing an interactive narrative series that questions: "What could racial reconciliation look like in the United States?” It was a finalist for Sundance Institute’s New Voices’ Lab and advanced to the second round for Macro’s Episodic Lab powered by the Black List.

Her most recent short film “Beyond Our Mountains” won the Grand Jury Award at the Nevada Film Festival, Best Foreign Short at the Twister Alley Film Festival and Best World Director at the Austin Revolution! Film Festival, where it was also nominated for the Lukas Hassel Writer/Director of the Year Award, Best Cinematography Short, World Short, World Actress, and World Actor. It also won Honorable Mention for the NYWIFT Online Shorts Film Festival and was an official selection of the Edmonton International Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Gig Harbor Film Festival, Crown Heights Film Festival, among several others.

Her debut short film “Juneteenth” won the Platinum Reel Award at the Nevada International Film Festival in the student competition and was an official selection of the Prague Independent Film Festival, the Budapest Short Film Festival, and the Crown Heights Film Festival. Additionally, “Juneteenth” was added to Vimeo’s #BlackLivesMatter playlist.

At Yale University, she earned B.A.s in Religious Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. In the Czech Republic, she graduated in 2016 from FAMU International’s Academic Preparation Program in Directing.
Drawing upon her experience in the criminal justice and religious fields, Madeline's work ventures deep into a spiritual realm. She makes art to honor and empower us to live our most authentic selves, to make the world more livable for all of us, and to move the needle so we can understand, dream, and live in a new way.
Official Selection. Won Best World Director award. Nominated for five other awards - Lukas Hassel writer/director of the year, Best Cinematography Short, World Short, World Actress, and World Actor.
Beyond Our Mountains
Austin Revolution! Film Festival
Austin, TX
2018
Official Selection
Beyond Our Mountains
Edmonton International Film Festival
Edmonton, AB
2018
Grand Jury Award
Beyond Our Mountains
Nevada International Film Festival
Las Vegas, NV
2018
Official Selection
Beyond Our Mountains
Portland Film Festival
Portland, OR
2018
Official Selection
Beyond Our Mountains
Crown Heights Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
2018
Finalist
American Freedom
Sundance New Voices Lab - Finalist
2nd Rounder
American Freedom
Macro's Episodic Lab powered by the Black List - 2nd Rounder
College
Yale University
Ethnicity, Race, & Migration and Religious Studies
20062010
College
FAMU
Academic Preparation Program in Directing
20152016
Nickname
Mattie
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Black, Mixed-Race
Madeline Johnson is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose work has screened at numerous festivals. She graduated from Yale University and FAMU.
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