Emmy-nominated and award winning international filmmaker Natalie Johns has a passion for people, their stories, and justice. From Zimbabwe and South Africa, Johns is driven by her belief in our ability to make an impact and affect change, together, through media and storytelling. She lives this, and fuels her creativity with a love for music and a desire to help people to better understand one another.
Her first feature documentary film “I Am Thalente” won the audience award at the LA Film Festival. She is currently completing her next feature length documentary ‘Ordinary People” which explores the human cost and the toll on communities of mass incarceration.
Johns was a pioneer in the DIY digital filmmaker community in 2007, when inspired by the egalitarianism of the internet, she founded Dig For Fire, a studio of bespoke branded original music content and curated experiences. Commercial clients include iTunes, Rock the Vote, Nike, Coca Cola, Spotify, and socially disruptive campaigns with The Yes Men.
Additional accolades include an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Directing for her PBS Television special with Annie Lennox, a Billboard Women in Music nomination for significant contributions to the business, a Gold at the Digital Impact Awards for “Music for RAIN” and an “O Award” for “The Switch”.