Lesley Johnson

Toronto, ON, Canada


Lesley Johnson is a Canadian-South African producer, director, and programmer, whose work focuses on intimate stories that connect personal transformation with environment and cultural issues. Lesley proudly began her film career in the Northwest Territories, where she splits her time with Toronto. She has an MFA from York University’s Film Production program, completed RIDM’s Talent Lab and is a current participant in the Documentary Organization of Ontario’s Breakthrough Program. Her recent documentary “I Hold the Dehcho in My Heart / Sedze Tah Dehcho E’toh” (2018), released on CBC Short Docs, won the NWT Professional Media Association’s award for Best Documentary, and will be followed by the release of her latest doc, “Revolution Moosehide”, in 2019. Her films “Princess Jack” (2016) and “Charlie” (2018), have won awards and screened at numerous festivals including BFI Flare, Inside Out, and and TIFF’s “Share Her Journey” program. As a producer, her work has appeared on CBC, APTN, NFB, been selected for TIFF and Canada’s Top Ten. She is a recipient of Telefilm’s inaugural Talent to Watch Fund to produce the feature documentary 'Songs She Sings in Shadows'.