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The Maid

A little over a month ago I got an email from the distributor of The Maid (http://www.themaidmovie.com/) asking if I minded posting something about their upcoming screening at The Modern, Jan. 28-30th.

Not only do I not mind but I also have to commend them on the outreach effort. Enlisting the help of local filmmakers to get the word out is a pretty ingenious idea to add to the play book and just another fine example of how web networking makes us a big filmmaking community.

I'll have to remember this when St. Nick starts rolling out.
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Merrily, Merrily - Full Film Now Available Online

After much internal deliberation (and procrastination) about the best way to get Merrily, Merrily out into the world I've decided to release it myself through Vimeo.

I really loved making this film. I loved taking it to festivals and discussing it with audience members. At almost every festival someone stopped me on the street or at a party and wanted to dig deeper into the film. One time it happened while crossing the street. I had to suggest moving to the sidewalk.

I hope you all enjoy it. If you see fit please pass it on.

Merrily, Merrily from James M. Johnston on Vimeo.

Merrily, Merrily (2008)


17 min.

Official Selection of Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival, Austin Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Tallahassee Film Festival, Naperville Independent Film Festival


After a serious revelation from her father Merrilee's reality begins to fracture and she realizes that her family life is more unstable than she had always believed. Not your typical teen angst film, "Merrily, Merrily" explores the lines of perception, self-awareness and being a character in your own life.

(Tech: Shot on Panasonic HVX-200a. Edited with Final Cut 5 on a MacBook Pro.)