The bio thang

John Harden made his first Super-8 film as an extra credit project for his 7th grade Spanish class. For his efforts John received an “A” and was delighted to discover that making a movie allowed him to be the center of attention while simultaneously hiding in the back of a dark room. Perfect.

John went on to study film history and production at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, and screenwriting at The College of Marin and TheFilmSchool in Seattle.

His films have aired on the PBS network and screened at places like the Slamdance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and New Directors/New Films.

His short film LA VIE D’UN CHIEN (THE LIFE OF A DOG) won numerous festival awards including the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

His screenplays have been recognized in various competitions. THE SENSITIVITY PROGRAM (co-written with Skot Christopherson) won best science fiction screenplay in the prestigious Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, beating out over 700 entries in the category.

Together with his wife Sheila, John acts as independent producer on all his film projects. Working in that role for his film NEW John successfully raised over $30,000 via crowdfunding campaigns, including a $5000 USA Creative Vision Award from United States Artists. John has also served on the film jury of the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, and has read scripts for a number of screenplay competitions.

John’s other skills include graphic design, illustration, and writing about himself in the third person. He resides in Santa Rosa, California.

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