My name is Len Johnson and I am a first grade teacher. Before that, I spent over 20 years as a newspaper reporter, television anchor, reporter and weatherman. I worked in Chicago, Baltimore, Phoenix and Houston.
I put together a documentary about wild horses in Arizona. It centered around one herd--the Cerbats near Kingman. The documentary did pretty well. The shorter version, which was less issue-oriented, drew good ratings in Phoenix and Tucson. The longer version won some nice awards and portions of it aired on Nightline.
I still love to shoot and edit, although much of it centers around my daughter. I put together Olivia at age 4, 5, Olivia's life, etc, etc. I have shot shorter projects since the mustangs and might do another feature documentary or perhaps independent film once she gets a bit older.
This blog is about some of my experiences in television, independent production, and just life thoughts in general.
Here is the 22-minute, made-for television version of Last of the Spanish Mustangs.
I have taught first grade for the past five years! It's hard work, but hugely rewarding. I am a storyteller at heart. I tell them every day in school and still shoot them with my camera. Maybe soon I'll make another festival run.