Dustin Owl Johnson


Dustin Owl Johnson

Dustin Owl Johnson hails from Haslett, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts with a focus on production. He has written and directed seven short films. His latest film, The Tenth Day, was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2007 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Johnson strives to create films that give life to the rich history of artistic expression and storytelling inherent in indigenous life. One of his goals is to cast diverse talent so film and television will more accurately reflect the global society we live in today. He is currently developing his first feature screenplay. Johnson is currently Manager of the Native American and Indigenous Program at Sundance Institute

Job Title: 
Vision Maker Media Board Member
Tribal Affiliation: 
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
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Blog Series:

This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first experience with the Sundance Film Festival. As a senior in High school in 2002, I had the honor of being selected to participate in the Gen-Y Studio, a former program that gave young filmmakers the opportunity to share ideas, explore filmmaking and learn about new technologies at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Native stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives for your station!


Current funding, job, and training opportunities that support the production of Native content. Plus, additional information for filmmakers.


Hands-on educational tools for middle school to college-aged students that increase the Impact of Native films in the classroom.