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About Johanna

A bi-coastal (Lake Michigan is a coast, right?) prolific writer of feature-length and short films as well as teleplays and sit-coms. I split time between Chicago and Long Beach, CA. Oh, and jokes. I write lots of jokes. Constantly. I can't turn it off, so I tell the jokes at comedy venues all over Chicago. Some of those jokes make it into my scripts, of course. Much of my writing is steeped in the angst and trial of real life; "An Important Business Matter" is a drama telling the story the catastrophic effects of debt burden on individuals; "The Promise Keeper" is a story of an Evangelical that struggles with temptation and the hypocrisy of his fellow Christians; "Scrap Iron" is a short about a couple guys who delve into the lucrative world of stealing dumpsters from local businesses (it's a real thing). All are funny and on many levels sad. Then there's my RomCom about a bet between friends to see who aschew their career-driven lives to find true love...or get a date with a player in the NFL, tentatively called "Pursuing Payton".

I've worked on a lot of collaborative projects in Chicago, and I'm always looking for more opportunities to do just that.

Unique traits: Habitually ahead of schedule; collaborative; a "cerebral comic"; former Math and Science teacher; musician; housebroken; play very well with others; bathe every day.

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  • An Important Business Matter

    An Important Business Matter Drama A Young woman raised on a farm in Iowa is about to lose everything, but her greatest battle will be fought against a sadistic collector and the Federal Government before she can begin to rebuild her life. Inspired by the documentary "Maxed Out".

  • Bless You

    Bless You Other Logline: A newly-ordained priest adjusts to his first assignment in a backward suburban community.

  • Pursuing Payton

    Pursuing Payton Comedy Romance Three friends consumed with their careers, realize they need to make a change. Amanda and Charles bet Payton, an up-and-coming sportscaster that they will find love before she can get a date with an NFL player, and the race is on.

Credits

  • A Beautiful Angel

    A Beautiful Angel (2015)
    Film by David Ho Reader

  • That Liquor in Me

    That Liquor in Me (2014)
    Film (short) by Chicago Filmmakers in Action Writer

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