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 multiple languages.
A highly respected producer, Brownlee has worked in many 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.
Brownlee founded Torfoot Films to write and direct more narrative features. His inaugural effort was the award winning THREE DAYS IN AUGUST, starring Barry Bostwick, Meg Foster and Mariette Hartley.
Other feature film credits include DECODING ANNIE PARKER; THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK; OCCUPY, TEXAS; and PUPPET MASTER. Brownlee is currently casting his next two feature films, THE EYES OF JEFFERSON (director/writer), and MONTSERRAT (director/writer), both of which he will direct in 2021. He's also under contract for Hallmark's AN ISLAND LIGHT (creator/director). Other feature films in development include BREW MASTER and GOOD ENOUGH.
In 2021 Torfoot Films was honored with 14 Telly Awards for the Four Corners Brewing Company/Constellation Brands campaign, "MiVida." This included 5 directing accolades.
Trained as a classical actor in Toronto, NYC and Boston, Brownlee has performed in all 36 of Shakespeare’s first folio works, and dozens plays and musical productions both On and Off-Broadway.
Active philanthropically, Brownlee recently served as CEO & President of the non-profit Dallas Film, which produces the Dallas International Film Festival and created the Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM), a hands-on training program for military veterans. Brownlee also 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's 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. He's 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.