Creative Development / Diversity Integration
Historical Perspectives / Educational Content
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Curriculum Development & Pedagogical Expansion
Archival Research & Documentation
As a prominent expert within creative, historic, and educational arenas, Mindy Johnson's insightful contributions continue to support such industry leaders as: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Walt Disney Company, The Animation Guild, Stage Nine Exhibitions, CTN Expo, SPARK Animation Festival – Vancouver & more.
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Development / Programming / Talent Acquisition
BESSIE MAE KELLEY – A DEBUT 100 YEARS IN THE MAKING
A World Premiere Event – 12/19/22
PRESENT PAST: A CELEBRATION OF FILM PRESERVATION
IN CONVERSATION: "THE ONLY WOMAN ANIMATOR" – Women at the Dawn of an Industry:
In the earliest days of the animation industry, one woman animated and directed alongside the men who later became titans of the artform, yet her name and work have been lost – until now. The discovery of this pioneer changes everything.
In a landmark event, this ground-breaking artist, and her surviving films, are finally introduced to the world, marking the debut of the earliest-known hand-drawn animation – animated and directed by a woman. Mindy Johnson once again transforms our animated past with a premiere event celebrating the pivotal discovery of “the only woman animator” in the earliest days of animation as well as other women artists at the dawn of an industry.
SPARK ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2022
LEGENDS & LEGACY PROGRAMMING –
FESTIVAL JUROR –
British Columbia's only Oscar-accredited festival, Spark Animation packs world-class films, talks and events in an intimate, grass-roots festival. Gathering animation artists to a global event set for learning, meeting and inspiration by the industry's top talent, featuring panels, events, talks and workshops from animation legends and luminaries. A hybrid-festival experience.
SPARK ANIMATION 2022: FESTIVAL JURY
CELEBRATING THE BEST IN THE WORLD OF ANIMATION
October 27 - November 30, 2022
THIS YEAR'S JURY MEMBERS ARE:
Babak Bina • Director, Character & Creature Designer • Zoic Studios, Gnomon Workshop, Centre for Entertainment Arts & Rooter Films
Brenda Chapman • Producer, Writer & Director • Independent
Brenda Medina Carmona • Producer • Departure Lounge
Clara Chan • VFX Supervisor • Sony Pictures Imageworks
Desirae Witte • Director & Story Artist • Independent
Don Perro • Sr. Lecturer • Capilano University
Jay Surridge • Chief Creative Officer & Studio Director • Yeti Farm Creative
Jinko Goth • Producer • Independent
Keith Blackmore • Sr. Lecturer • Vancouver Film School
Kevin Lima • Writer, Director & Producer • Independent
Laura Brousseau • Co-Director • Animal Logic
Mindy Johnson • Author, Historian & Educator • CalArts, Drexel University & Independent
Ron Clements • Producer, Writer & Director • Independent
Simone Giampaolo • Director of Animated Films • Independent
NAFF ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2021
FESTIVAL JUROR / SPEAKER for the Neum Animation Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzgovina. This international festival focuses on the development and expansion of the animated film industry and regional culture through creative meetings and collaborations of young artists within cinematic endeavors.
Academy Museum Animation Branch Selects Series, 2022
Developing/hosting the inaugural Shorts & Animation Branch event for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. A rare screening of Lotte Reiniger's landmark 1926 classic, The Adventures of Prince Achmed – the first surviving feature-length animated film. Developing/moderating this event which featured panelists and silhouette filmmakers Elizabeth Beech & Carla Patulla, in a celebration of the masterful legacy of director and silhouette animator – Lotte Reiniger.
SPARK ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2021 – Legacy content for one of North America's premiere animation events featuring a stellar line-up of today's top international animation, illustration and design talent.
"Mindy's programming was tailor-fit for our members and industry. The panelists and Mindy were superb!”
— The Animation Guild
Presenting/Hosting "Champions of Diversity" for the The Animation Guild featuring animation legends Enid Denbo-Wizig, Willie Ito, Jane Baer, and Floyd Norman.
"Champions of Diversity" event
Expanding the narrative of this internationally renown exhibition with a balanced representation of gender and diversity throughout our collective animated past.
Creative Content & Awareness Campaigns
Creation of age appropriate content and activities — quizzes, puzzles, games and other creative materials —to spark engagement and excitement within markets...
Landmark Events & Experiences
Producing splash-worthy product launches, large-scale celebrations, global conference events and more — for a wide range of clients...
Anniversary Event for Peter Pan in London, England
Anniversary of Pinocchio in Florence, Italy
Songwriter / Musician / Arranger
Musical creations within a wide range of styles and instrumentation.
Time for Healing
Sounds of Blackness
Familiar Waters – Written by Mindy Johnson
Nominated for a GRAMMY Award
Musician – Mindy Johnson
(Harpist / Backup Vocals)
Two collections of timeless melodies for harpists at every level of playing.
"Explore the World Of" Series
Bright, Bright The Moon
– A collection of Chinese folk songs
15 timeless melodies from the Chinese folk tradition arranged to reflect the mystery and allure of this ancient realm.
The "Little Hands" Series
A delightful collection offering familiar musical favorites arranged for beginning harpists of all ages:
Little Hands That Praise
A collection of worship music
Little Hands Play Weddings
A collection of ceremonial music
Little Hands Get The Blues
A collection of ragtime, blues and boogie woogie