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.