September 2012 Featured Filmmaker John Wellington Ennis

John Wellington Ennis was born in Los Angeles in 1973.  His grandfather John Ennis ran for Mayor of Los Angeles in the 1950’s, his other grandfather Col. Bruce Hinton was a decorated fighter pilot and USAF base commander.

Ennis grew up in Chicago and attended the N.Y.U. and U.S.C. film schools.Ennis lived in New York for a decade, establishing a post-production company in SoHo as well as producing the award-winning cable access show Toolz of the New School, a stunt comedy show with social criticism that was developed by Howard Stern Productions and Lorne Michael’s Broadway Video, and repped by ICM and Don Buchwald. Ennis moved back to Los Angeles in 2001, and began working as a producer/director in Reality TV.

John Wellington Ennis
John Wellington Ennis

“Though the manifold problems of money pouring into our campaigns have become a source of daily news and mounting public backlash, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission is an opportunity to review how this transformative decision was reached – the perfect storm of politicized jurisprudence, corporate entitlement, and a narrowly tilted bench.”

Read more about Citizens United: How did it happen?

Holly Mosher is an award winning filmmaker who brings socially conscious films to the public. After graduating with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Holly produced a number of commercials and feature films. In 2004 she made her directorial debut with the documentary, Hummingbird. Afterwards, she produced the critically acclaimed films Side Effects, starring Katherine Heigl, and the follow-up documentary Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety.

Vivian Umino studied theater at Yale University and worked in the Seattle theater scene before eventually morphing to film and graduating with a MFA in Film Directing from UCLA.

Although she initially focused on fiction filmmaking, receiving the prestigious ABC/Disney New Talent Development Grant for her first feature script, “Master Painter,” Vivian soon fell in love with documentary. In addition to editing numerous shorts with subjects such as the bottled water industry and voter disenfranchisement, as well as oral histories of filmmakers that include documentary luminaries Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker, she edited the hour long documentary on renowned stage director Peter Sellars (PBS, 2005) and the voter suppression feature film “Free for All!” Vivian also directed and edited “Beyond Breast Cancer: Stories of Survivors”(2007) for the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

Vivian has taught documentary filmmaking at UCLA’s Department of Film and Television, UCLA Extension, and the Art Institute of CA in Los Angeles.

John Wellington Ennis is an American filmmaker, activist, and blogger from Los Angeles. In 2004, he directed a film starring Amy Poehler and the Upright Citizens Brigade titled Wild Girls Gone.He is the co-founder of Video the Vote, a non-partisan group interested in documenting problems at U.S. polls. Ennis and Video the Vote co-created Free for All, a 2008 documentary about fraud in U.S. elections.He is also the founder of Shoot First, Inc., a film production company.

Filmmaker John Wellington Ennis
Filmmaker John Wellington Ennis

Ennis has produced and developed reality television for FremantleMedia, RDF Media, and Nash Entertainment, and his work has been seen on NBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, TLC, BBC, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Ennis’s New York City Toolz of the New School was a cult hit in the late 1990s. Ennis has produced many musical documentary, with many of today’s artists, such as Weezer, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Fergie, John Mayer, Jane’s Addiction, Ne-Yo, Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave and others.

Invitation to art show to benefit Pay 2 Play.
Invitation to art show to benefit Pay 2 Play.

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