Kirk is a Social Science and Film graduate from Cal State University, Los Angeles, and has recently entered its Film Scriptwriting/ Photography graduate program. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was an actor at a young age, he was featured in several cable and independent films, such as the History Channel's documentary; In Search of History: The Night Tulsa Burned (1999), as well as some plays. In 2001, Johnny founded local acting group "Tribe", a community-based group that worked with local teens to find their voice through acting. Shortly after forming "Tribe", Johnny helped form yet another group; a conscious organization on-campus composed of minority filmmakers. Aside from studying and his involvement in the group he formed, he also directed several short films. He was creative director and founder of "Dark Blu Productions", a digital film production company that produced several local projects. One being a documentary written by Kirk, himself, on the infamous "Crips" and "Bloods" gangs where he interviewed actual members from each gang who had the distinction of being the founding members when the gangs gained notoriety in the 1960s. Kirk is working on the shorts, Shine (2007) and Beyond the Ropes (2011) and writing his first feature script.
Film by Johnny D. Kirk (Action, Drama and Sport) Director, Writer
Beyond the Ropes
Film (short) by Johnny D. Kirk (Action, Drama and Sport) Actor, Director, Writer, Producer "Beyond the Ropes" explores the relationship between individual success and family.Jesse Guerrero, a young, troubled boxer that seeks the desperately needed approval of his father, whose attention is solely focused on the boxing career of Jesse's brother. When Jesse is set to face his brother at a local tournament he must decide whether to show his own ability and prove his worth or sacrifice his title in exchange for the respect of his father. The film goes beyond the struggles of the sport and delves into the personal struggles of the characters. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Jared Carr (Crime and Drama) Actor, Producer, Casting director Gio learns what "no one has to get hurt" really means as he's taken under the wing of Mario, a local Mob underboss.
Film (short) by Johnny D. Kirk (Drama) Director, Writer, Producer, Camera and Electrical Department Family tensions arise when a young man from East L.A. reveals his desire to drop out of college and dance.
Film (short) by David Brooks (Crime, Drama and Fantasy) Actor Josh Hartnett stars in this densely layered, kaleidoscopic road tour through nocturnal L.A., behind the wheel with (and inside the mind of) a disillusioned teenager looking for the perfect insurance-scam car crash. Written by David Schwartz
Film by Jonathan Lawrence (Sci-Fi) Actor Years ago, the burgeoning one-world government announced its intention to implant Identification Chips, IDCs, into the right hand of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Fearing this threat to personal freedoms, the People fought back ... The People Lost ... Two decades later, Citizen 11811, Elijah Barrett, a man torn between destiny and assimilation, rises to challenge the System. He uses his rank and position to sabotage public executions and to feed and shelter the less-fortunate Non-Citizens. When a close friend disappears, Eli's search leads him to the Dream Parlor, a Citizen-exclusive facility, developed by Doctor James Corbit, which induces lucid dreams. Venturing into the darkened corners of his soul, Eli is enticed by the love of a beautiful woman ... and haunted by the image of a mysterious man. But as government violence grows in intensity, Eli is caught tampering with classified documents and tagged as a fugitive. Now, Eli must learn the dark secrets behind the Dream... Written by Producers
In Search of History: The Night Tulsa Burned
TV Movie (History) Actor Long-buried tale of the tragic hours that brought Greenwood to a fiery end, and the misunderstanding that started when a white elevator operator accused 19-year-old Greenwood resident Dick Rowland of assault prompted the violent race riot. Eyewitness accounts, archival film, and dramatizations recount the 1921 race riots in Tulsa. Written by Anonymous