Director * Producer * Writer
Johnathan Brownlee is an award-winning Canadian-American director, producer, writer and actor with a diverse international body of work. His feature films, documentaries, television series and digital content have been viewed in more than 100 countries in 14 languages.
A highly respected producer, Brownlee has worked in 20+ countries with Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning talent, including Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Seinfeld, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Rashida Jones, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Gere, Aaron Paul, and William H. Macy.
With decades of experience as a director and writer in television, and as a supervising producer in film, Brownlee founded Torfoot Films to personally write and direct more narrative features. His inaugural effort was the acclaimed THREE DAYS IN AUGUST, starring Barry Bostwick, Meg Foster and Mariette Hartley.
His feature film producer credits include DECODING ANNIE PARKER; THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK; OCCUPY, TEXAS; and PUPPET MASTER. Brownlee is currently casting his next feature, THE EYES OF JEFFERSON (director/writer), and is in development on the film, MONTSERRAT (director/writer), which he will direct in Fall 2020, as well as Hallmark’s AN ISLAND LIGHT (director) and THE DEVIL’S COUNTRY (director/writer).
Trained as a classical actor in Toronto, NYC and Boston, Brownlee has performed in all 36 of Shakespeare’s first folio plays, and dozens plays and musical productions both On and Off-Broadway.
Active philanthropically, Brownlee currently serves as CEO & President of the non-profit Dallas Film, which produces the Dallas International Film Festival. He recently created the Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM), a special hands-on training program for military veterans. Brownlee served on the Community Board for First Credit Union as Vice Chair and as the Los Angeles representative for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Brownlee has taught, lectured and consulted at some of the most respected institutions, including Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Vancouver Film School, LA Film School, Brandeis University, Wellesley College, NYU, University of Toronto, and the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas.
Fun Facts: Early in his career, Brownlee was a stuntman for several years, and includes among his “fun” moments, being engulfed in flames and dropped four stories. He is an expert swordsman, having trained with Errol Flynn’s stuntman Paddy Crean, and was the “fight director” for more than 100 stage and TV productions. Brownlee also played Elaine's boyfriend on a famous episode of Seinfeld.