Education 

2020 

M.F.A. Film Production (pending), York University; Toronto, ON. 


2016  

B.F.A. Film Production Honours, Simon Fraser University; Vancouver, B.C.


Grants & Awards 

2019 

B.C. Arts Council Scholarship. 

Canada Council Concept to Realization Grant.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program.

Telefilm Talent to Watch Program. 

Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize at Polygon Gallery.

Canada Council - Travel Grant to present Labour/Leisure at Cinéma du Réel.


2018 

Canada Council Concept to Realization Grant.

B.C. Arts Council Project Assistance for Media Artists.

National Film Board Filmmaker Assistance Program Grant.

Kelowna Film Society Project Grant.


2017 

Canada Council Travel Grant to present Einst at Edinburgh International Film Festival. 

Canada Council Travel Grant to present Einst at Images Festival.


2016 

Canada Council Travel Grant to present Einst at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.


2015 

Simon Fraser University Service Award.

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Fellowship Award.

Launch! Artist’s Festival Imagining Positive Futures Award.


Retrospectives 

2019 

Curated by Jesse Cumming, Uneasy Panoramas in Vertical Features; Jackman Hall, 

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, January 2019.


Exhibitions 

2019 

Labour/Leisure, Solo Exhibition, Beursschouwburg Arts Centre, Brussels, BE, October, 2019.

Hazel Isle, Polygon Gallery, Philip B. Lind Prize, North Vancouver, B.C, May to June 2019.


2017 

Einst, Sydney Storefront Loop, Sydney, N.S, April - May 2017.


2015 

Capital’s Ephemeral Exploitation in Ocean Falls, Alternator Members’ Gallery, 

Kelowna, B.C, May to June 2015.


Screenings  

2019
Labour/Leisure, Festival de cine contemporáneo black canvas, Mexico City, MX, October 2019. 

Labour/Leisure, Vancouver International Film Festival, October 2019.  

Labour/Leisure, Open City Documentary Festival, London, UK, September 2019. 

Hazel Isle, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, UK, June 2019.

Labour/Leisure, Images Festival, Toronto, ON, April, 2019.
Labour/Leisure, Cinéma du Réel Festival, Paris, FR, March, 2019. 

Uneasy Panoramas Retrospective, Vertical Features, Toronto, ON. January 2019. 


2018 

Hazel Isle, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, QC, October 2018.
Hazel Isle, Vancouver International Film Festival, October 2018.

Einst, BC (dis)Embodied, Spektrum, Berlin, DE, May 2018.

Einst, Trento Film Festival, Trento, Italy, April 2018. 


2017  

Einst, WNDX: Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, MB, September 2017.

Einst, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, UK, June 2017. 

Einst, Launch! Artists Festival, Vancouver, B.C, May 2017.
Einst, Images Festival, Toronto, ON, April 2017.


2016 

Einst, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, QC, October 2016.
Einst, Vancouver International Film Festival, October 2016. 

Ocean Falls, Leiden International Short Film Experience, Netherlands, April 2016.   

Ocean Falls, International Festival of Films on Art, Montréal, QC, March 2016.


2015  

Ocean Falls, Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, Portland, USA, October 2015.
Ocean Falls, Vancouver International Film Festival, September 2015.

E&N, WNDX: Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, MB, September 2015.

E&N, DOXA Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C, May 2015.

E&N, Launch Festival, Vancouver, B.C, May 2015.


Filmography  

2019 

Labour/Leisure (19 min; documentary; 35mm to digital; 5.1; co-directed with Ryan Ermacora)


2018 

Hazel Isle (13 min; experimental;16mm to digital; stereo)


2016 

Einst (12 min; experimental;16mm to digital; stereo)


2015 

Ocean Falls (13 min; documentary;16mm to digital; stereo; co-created with Ryan Ermacora)

E&N (4 min; documentary; 16mm transferred to digital; stereo; co-directed with Ryan Ermacora)


Bibliography  

2019 

Polonsky, Naomi. "The Hidden Labor Beneath the Global Economy," Hyperallergic, Web. Sept 17, 2019. 

Bruneau, Jaclyn. “A Case for “Mere” Recording: Films by Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson,” Cinema Scope, 

Print. Summer 2019. 

Cabrita, Josh. “Shorter Letters: Highlights from the Year in Canadian Shorts,” Cinema Scope, Print. Winter 2019. 

Ling, Steffanie. “Shy Appreciation,” Program Notes: Vertical Features, Web. January 15, 2019.

Mullen, Pat. “The Landscape Films of Ermacora and Johnson,” Point of View Magazine, Web. January 14, 2019.

Woodend, Dorothy. “Art for an Anxious Age,” The Tyee, Web. June 5, 2019. 


2018 

King, Tash. “Hazel Isle: An Interview with Jessica Johnson,” Sad Mag, Web. Oct 2018.


2016 

Rakestraw, Kevin. “Ocean Falls Review,” Film Pulse, Web. July 27, 2016. 

Bateman, Conor. “Kinet Online Publishing Platform for Avant-Garde Cinema to Launch July 25,” 4:3 Film, 

Web. July 2016. 


2015 

Seriani, Alysha. "SFU Filmmakers Shine In VIFF Shorts,” The Peak, Web. Oct 2015. 

Barclay, Adèle and Waugh, Corie. “Vandocument: Make A Better World,” Co-op Radio CFRO. Vancouver, BC. Oct 2015.

Doherty, Shauna Jean. "Urban Decay - Curatorial Statement,” Presentation, VIVO Media Arts. 2015.  

Jones, Megan. "SFU Film Students Present Short at DOXA,” The Peak, Web. May 2015.