Rian Johnson

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Rian Craig Johnson (born December 17, 1973) is an American writer and director, who won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with his debut feature, Brick.


Johnson was born in Maryland. He was raised in San Clemente, California, and attended the high school where Brick was predominantly filmed. He then attended the University of Southern California and graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1996.

Johnson's film career, as told to Robert K. Elder, author of The Film That Changed My Life was largely inspired by Annie Hall, "a film that broke so many rules in terms of film narrative":

<blockquote>It moved me in a way that very few other films have moved me. That’s something that, I pray to God, if I am able to keep making movies, I can only hope, twenty years down the line maybe, I’ll be able to approach.

In addition to his film work, Johnson is also a folk singer and banjoist. Some of his songs can be found on his website.

His brother is well-known music producer Aaron Johnson. His cousin, Nathan Johnson, composed the score for Brick and The Brothers Bloom. Rian and Nathan make up a folk duo called The Preserves. Other cousins,...
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