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Me talk pretty about crowdfunding Mar 26 2015

So I’ll be at Petaluma Community Access TV tonight; they’ve asked me to give a talk about crowdfunding for filmmakers. I’m not claiming to be an expert on crowdfunding, but I am crackerjack at Googling things. That’s how I learned … Continue reading

Desirable objects Feb 8 2015

At last, the long-awaited Blu-Rays and DVDs of NEW are coming together. I’m really pretty excited about that the package we’re assembling. In addition to the film itself, we’re throwing in a ton of bonus material: visual effects demos, production … Continue reading

November’s gonna be crazy! Oct 12 2014

Crazy for me, that is. But it will offer the public six chances to see NEW on the big screen. So get your tickets! Here’s how it all breaks down: . . . NOVEMBER 8: CRYONICS CONVENTION in LAUGHLIN, NV. … Continue reading

A trophy from gold country Sep 13 2014

Over the recent Labor Day weekend, Sheila and I had the pleasure of attending Film Fest Twain Harte, up in California’s gold country. This was NEW’s U.S. premiere, and our first chance to see the film on the big screen … Continue reading

Progress report Jul 20 2014

Hello everyone. I’ve been getting lots of inquiries as to the status of NEW. Mostly of the “is it done yet?” variety. The short answer: almost. Admittedly that’s been my short answer for a while. Completing this film seems to … Continue reading

London May 5 2014

NEW had its world premiere on May 4, 2014 at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival. Though I wasn’t able to attend, one of NEW’s early supporters, Paul Fitzgerald, was there in the flesh. He sends back these pictures, along with word … Continue reading

A World Premiere – and a race to the finish! Mar 21 2014

We’re very pleased to announce that NEW will see its WORLD PREMIERE at the end of April. In London, no less, at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival! Does that mean the film is done? Well, not quite. But it’s home stretch … Continue reading

In Post Nov 8 2013

It’s barely three months since production wrapped on NEW, but I’ve been looking at photos of the cast & crew on location and it seems like another era to me. Or an alternate universe, maybe. The noise and hustle, the … Continue reading

That’s a wrap! Aug 4 2013

Cheers! Producer Don R. Lewis' POV as he toasts cast and crew

NEW wrapped principal photography on July 30, 2013, after 6 days of shooting. Filming NEW was an amazing, grueling, wonderful, exhausting experience. I’ve never worked harder, never stressed harder and never had as much fun doing anything in my life. … Continue reading

My Work



Would you buy a one-way ticket to the future? Continue reading

La vie d’un chien (The Life of a Dog)

My award winning sci-fi/comedy short. Apologies to the late Chris Marker. Continue reading

The Story of Sputnik

For anyone who misses the cold war. Starring veteran SF Bay Area comedian Mike Meehan. Continue reading



A feature-length screenplay. Apocalyptic sci-fi/horror. Well-reviewed at triggerstreet.com, except for the guy who said “this went way beyond my taste.” Continue reading

The Sensitivity Program

Reviving the women-in-prison genre with a smart original twist. Winner, best sci-fi screenplay, Austin Film Festival. Continue reading


Picture a Better Future

It was an honor to script this fundraiser video for the Sonoma County YWCA. Beautifully realized by Santa Rosa’s VideoBrite Productions.

Harvest Day

I scripted, shot, directed and edited this one, for Woodland, California’s Culinary Farms. Produced by Armstrong Associates.

Inside QKA: Building for Education

Scripted, edited and designed the motion graphics to showcase the work of Santa Rosa architecture firm QKA. Produced by Armstrong Associates.

John H.