SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant Fall 2011 winner
Chris Mason Johnson writer/director/producer
Awarded $60,000 for production Fall 2011
The year is 1985. The youngest, skinniest and most mocked member of San Francisco’s new contemporary ballet company begins a friendship with a brilliant dancer with a bad boy reputation in the same troupe. As lurid headlines threaten a gay quarantine, the two friends navigate a world full of risk that is also full of promise. For more information visit
Chris Mason Johnson began his career as a dancer in ballet and modern companies throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Frankfurt Ballet and White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Since his transition to film he has worked as Head of Development at Open City Films; as Script Editor and Analyst for Miramax, Dimension, Disney, ABC Family and Fine Line; and has taught dance at UCLA as well as screenwriting and film production at Amherst College.
After making several short films that played at festivals nationwide, Chris co-wrote (with Ishmael Chawla), directed and produced (with Aina Abiodun) his first feature film, The New Twenty (2009), which won multiple festival awards, was purchased for broadcast by MTV Logo; for DVD/Internet by Warner Home Video, Wolfe Video and Netflix; and had a limited theatrical release to strong reviews: “An impressive feature debut. Smart and stylish. Fine acting. Excellent cinematography.” (Box Office Magazine).