“Johnny on the Moon”
It is July, 1969. While man steps foot on the moon, two young men escape into their imaginations in the wilderness of Northern Ontario. Their love for one another is clear, when Johnny asks Max to never open the door in the floor of their cabin. Max complies, but with the passing of time, the lines between reality and make-believe blur together, and the boys are confronted with unspeakable memories of the Vietnam war, the possibility that they never left it, and what lies beneath the door the in the floor.
"Johnny on the Moon" was made through the New York Film Academy with a group of ten people, in the woods of Northern Ontario. This experience changed us in ways that were not fully realized until later. “Johnny on the Moon” informed my relationship to the roles of “artist” “producer” and “storyteller.” I hope to carry this insight into all other future projects. I present to you, the "Johnny on the Moon" manifesto. 1) Embrace the Change 2) Play Make-Believe 3) Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself 4) Follow the Code of Conduct 5) Have Some Fun