OMPA Member

Lawrence Johnson Productions



I have been making films professionally since 1983. My programs for the exhibition Sacred Encounters received the Golden Muse Award, the American Association of Museum’s recognition for the best Audio/Visual program in 1995.

I produced the audio/visual components of the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute permanent exhibit for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians. My documentary Hand Game (2000) opened the American Indian Film Festival, and played the Smithsonian's Native American Film and Video Festival, 2001.

My personal feature-length documentary, called Stuff, received the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship in 2008 and special Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival. In 2012, I received the Fellowship Award in Media Arts from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, honoring artists in the Portland area who are the strongest representatives of the range and diversity of art in the Northwest.

I am the director of animation on My American Waistline. He has taught at the Sabah Film Academy in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and the Northwest Film Center. He has worked since 2002 with Wisdom of the Elders, first as producer, writer and story editor for Wisdom of the Elders Radio, then as producer, director and editor for the Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series.

Recent Awards & Festivals:

2022 – Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2022 – Seattle Film Festival, Nominated for Best Music Video 2019 - Special Jury Award, Bend Film Festival 2015 – IndieFest Film Awards, Award of Merit Special Mention 2015 - IndieFest Film Awards, Award of Excellence 2013 – Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival 2012 – Portland International Film and Video Festival 2012 – American Association of State and Local History Leader in History Award 2012 – Individual Artist Fellowship, Media Arts, Regional Arts and Culture Council 2011 – Best Documentary, Astoria International film Festival 2011 – Special Jury Award for Feature Documentary, Florida Film Festival 2011 – Best Documentary, Talking Pictures Festival 2008 – Oregon Media Arts Fellowship