Johnson Cheng is an award-winning Chinese American filmmaker hailing from the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. After receiving his bachelor's degree in international relations, he joined Columbia University's M.F.A. Film Directing/Screenwriting program. Most recently, he wrote and directed "Iron Hands (铁手)", a U.S.-China co-production which acts as a prelude to his feature film in development and premiered in-competition at festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival, Reykjavík International Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival where it won the award for Best Student Live Action Short Film (under 15 minutes).
Johnson began his career as an intern at PIXAR, and is credited on feature films such as "Monsters University" and "Coco". He also worked as a Story Editor on "The Book of Mojo", an Asst. Editor on Reel FX's "The Book of Life", and an Asst. Editor on DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 3", the first animated co-production between the U.S. and China.
He has taught filmmaking at Columbia University, and has been invited to the Reykjavík International Film Festival Talent Lab (Iceland) where his film was nominated for the Golden Egg Award, Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium (USA), and the Emerging Filmmakers Lab presented by the Smithsonian Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA). Johnson is a member of both the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers Workshop and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
Live/Work: NYC | LA | Beijing