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Johnny Sanchez

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. to undocumented parents from South America, Johnny only spoke Spanish until he was six years old. One day, his mom heard him praying in Spanish: "God, if you can teach me to talk in English like the other kids do, and understand what they’re saying, I promise to eat all my vegetables”. To this day, Johnny still eats all his vegetables (except for green beans, he hates green beans).

In 3rd grade, Johnny was cast as Rabbit #3 in his elementary school’s Christmas show. His commitment to being Rabbit #3 was unparalleled. It was this experience that first showed Johnny the power that storytelling wields in bringing people together and he decided to commit his life to this pursuit.

At 13 years old, Johnny was accepted into the prestigious La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, in NYC. It was here where he honed his individual sensibilities as an artist and developed his skills as a critical thinker. After graduating, he discovered social activism. He dedicated a year of his life to this work, and eventually became an artivist (artist + activist).

Soon after, Johnny moved to L.A. and started building his professional acting career. As an actor, he’s worked with such great directors as Steven Soderbergh, Michael Bay, Sidney Lumet, Frank Oz, Arthur Hiller, John Badham, Hugh Wilson; just to name a few.

Wanting to spread his wings more, Johnny started producing. As a producer, Johnny produced the highly critically acclaimed film FIND ME GUILTY directed by Sydney Lumet (Academy Award Honoree), starring Vin Diesel and Peter Dinklage; and also EVEN MONEY starring Academy Award Winners Kim Basinger and Forest Whitaker. In addition to features, he’s also produced shorts; leading them through all phases of production... including NOISE (Director Max Williamson) and MUSCLE (Director Heidi Marshall). MUSCLE is currently on the film festival circuit, and recently won the Judge's Honorable Mention Award and the Spirit of Indie Filmmaking Award.

It was a matter of time before Johnny would start writing stories that reflected his passion for uniting people. Johnny co-wrote A THROUGH M, a politically based, Sci-Fi, short film, that won numerous awards including Best Dramatic Short Script.

Johnny’s first feature screenplay, AMBER, is currently in development. From 1,000 entries AMBER won 3rd place in the 2016 Write Movies Screenwriting Contest. And out of 4,523 scripts, AMBER made the top 5% (Quarter Finalist Award) at the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

As a multi-hyphenate (actor+writer+producer), Johnny gravitates to stories that depict statistically underrepresented communities, and that highlight the struggle and triumph of the human spirit. Johnny is dedicated to entertaining and inspiring the viewer to create personal and social change.

Johnny is humbled and honored to have AMBER reach the 2nd round (from out of 9,100 scripts - making the top 15%) at the 2016 Austin Film Festival.
Thursday, October 13

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Friday, October 14

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Saturday, October 15

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Sunday, October 16

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