While Beach resident Amy Jo Johnson may be most well known for her dramatic acting roles on Flashpoint, Felicity and The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, she’s already making a name for herself behind the camera as a writer and director.
“I love filmmaking. I’ve really found my true passion with writing and directing as well,” she shared during a recent interview.
Six years ago, Johnson – who grew up in Cape Cod, Maine, moved to Montreal in 2005 and has called the city’s east end home since 2008 – wrote her first screen play, Crazier Than You, which in 2012 won the Blacktie Screenplay Competition at the Long Island Film Festival and came in third place at the 2013 Write Brothers Screenplay Competition at the Canada International Film Festival.
She’s hoping Crazier Than You will become her first big budget film.
Johnson has also written and directed three shorts: Bent in 2012, Lines in 2013 and Shooting Blanks this year.
Bent won the Jury Award at last year’s Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Women In Film and Television – Toronto short film showcase.
This fall, Lines premiered at the Wine Country Film Festival in Sonoma, California and at the Edmonton International Film Festival.
Johnson’s next project is her first full-length feature she wrote and is directing called The Space Between, a quirky and heartfelt comedy about a man who discovers his child is not his own.
“His wife took his infertility into her own hands and sleeps with a young university guy,” elaborated Johnson, who also plays the supporting role of Amelia in the film.
“The man sets out on a quest to find the baby’s real father.”
On Sunday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., Johnson launched a 35-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (http://igg.me/at/thespacebetweenfilm) to help raise the $75,000 for the film, which she expects will cost $200,000 to produce.
Johnson will be releasing a prequel to The Space Between on her Indiegogo page as well as on YouTube on Nov. 9.
She said the filmmaking community has been “very nurturing” and the many contacts she made working on Flashpoint have been eager to help with her projects, notably Leslieville’s Jam Post, which provided the sound for her three shorts as well as for The Space Between.
Fellow Flashpoint cast members, Sonya Salomaa as well as Michael Cram, also star in The Space Between.
Shooting is expected to begin in June 2015.
Johnson plans on screening The Space Between at The Fox Theatre on Queen Street East at Beech Avenue once it’s complete late next year.
Visit www.thespacebetweenfeaturefilm.com for more information.