Chris Mason Johnson co-wrote and directed his first feature film, The New Twenty (2009), which won multiple festival awards and had a limited theatrical release to strong reviews after selling to distributors worldwide. LA Weekly called it “…a sleek and accomplished debut film. He’s got something, this guy.”
Chris's second feature film as writer-director, Test (2014), was a NY Times Critics Pick and won two Grand Jury Awards at Outfest Los Angeles (Narrative Feature Film and Screenwriting). Test had its European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a 2015 Independent Spirit Award (John Cassavetes Award). Test has an 82% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes and Film Comment declared "If there was ever a contemporary film that illuminates why queer cinema still matters, this is it.”
Before filmmaking Chris was a dancer in ballet and modern companies throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Frankfurt Ballet with Billy Forsythe and the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Since his transition to film he's worked as Head of Development at Open City Films and as Script Editor and Analyst for Miramax, Dimension, Disney, ABC Family and Fine Line. He has taught screenwriting and film production at Amherst College, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Rutgers University and California College of the Arts. Chris graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, Class of ’95.