Works in progress

Conjurer David Ben in ‘Yesno’

BDJ Films is not a company. It’s a diversion, by a film critic who spends most of his time watching films, not making them. This site collects what I do from the other side of the lens. Collected here are homemade videos, montages, bursts of festival reportage and interviews with various artists. Also there are two professional shorts films that I’ve produced and directed—thanks to financial assistance from Bravo!FACT, some great collaborators, and the guidance of executive producers Ron Mann and Louise Garfield. Tell Me Everything premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. And in 2010 TIFF premiered Yesno, adapted from a book of poetry by Dennis Lee, and featuring original voice recordings by six major Canadian poets: Leonard Cohen, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, Karen Solie, d’bi young—and Dennis. Yesno features cinematography by Nick De Pencier, animation by Nick Fox-Gieg, and a score by Owen Belton. For more details, click on Yesno.

Yesno also screened at the Atlantic Film Festival,  the Woodstock Film Festival, The Vancouver Film FestivalRencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), the Whistler Film Festival, the  Victoria Film Festival  and  the inaugural San Francisco Green Festival.

To watch the full 7-minute festival version of Yesno, with animated credits, click here.
To watch the 6-minute Bravo!FACT version of Yesno, click here.

To watch my other films, click on FILMS in the menu bar; and for video interviews and reportage click on REPORTAGE.

This site is under construction, and very DIY. Bear with me.  Meanwhile, browse the top menu bar for films, photos and information. The site will be updated as time permits.

- Brian D. Johnson

An image from ‘Tell Me Everything,’ featuring dancer Andrea Nann