Johnson Cheng is an award-winning Chinese American writer/director hailing from the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. After receiving his B.A. in International Relations, he joined Columbia University’s M.F.A. Film Directing/Screenwriting program. His films have screened at over 100 international film festivals, including Tribeca, TIFF Kids, Reykjavík (Golden Egg Selection), Nashville, Florida, Cinequest, Uppsala, Giffoni, Short Shorts Tokyo, and Palm Springs (Best Student Film Award). His narrative short film, Iron Hands, had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and its Canadian premiere at the 2018 TIFF Kids International Film Festival.
Johnson is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award (Cary Grant Film Award) and the AT&T InspirASIAN Student Film Award. He is an alumnus of the New York Film Festival Artist Academy, Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, Reykjavík Transatlantic Talent Lab, and Visual Communications’ Armed With a Camera Fellowship. Johnson is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
Most recently, Johnson shadowed veteran TV director Adam Bernstein on FX’s upcoming limited series, “Fosse/Verdon” and directed the narrative short film, Lonely Blue Night, starring Diana Lin (co-star of The Farewell) as a 2019 Film Independent Project Involve Writer/Director Fellow.