Jonny Lewis



August 2020:
On August 1 & 2, I wrote 26 pages of a feature comedy about two librarians, a Muslim, and a homeless guy. But it’s not about Muslims, or homeless people, and it’s certainly not about librarians. As my DP Jason Ferrell would say, “It’s about people…and people are interesting.” Temporary site is The Library, while I have my site designer make a proper site. 

July 2020:
From July 17 to 21, I wrote 52 pages of a script I’ve had in mind for a while: The Grief Ranch. Six grieving people go to a special retreat for grief therapy, and the therapist doesn’t show up. My friend Barb lost her son many years ago, and she loves it. And no, they’re not rich folks. (Current page count is 65.)

July 2020:
Wrote a short romantic comedy to be shot in Japan, titled “When in Japan…” (郷 に 入っては、郷に従え). The film will be in Japanese, and I will be costarring. The script has been translated, and I’m learning the dialogue with my Japanese tutor now.

I am a multi-award-winning actor, screenwriter, and director with experience on stage in New York (three lead roles Off-Off Broadway in my first year of acting) and in 150 indie and student films in Los Angeles. I took care of my elderly mother in Michigan from 2014 til the end of 2019, while flying to LA for a weekend every once in a while to shoot short films. Since 2016 eight of my short comedic antiwar films have won 25 awards and appeared in 145 festivals. (Seventeen of the awards show up on my IMDb page, plus one award for our editor and one for our 8-year-old actor, Kobe Humphries. Six of the festivals are not IMDb-listed festivals.)

Now, in 2020, I’ve dedicated myself to writing feature-length scripts, having completed one comedy feature script earlier. I have been the Animation Curator for the New York Independent Film Festival for two years now. In March of 2020, five of my films screened in a special section of the Unfiltered Cinema Festival in Minsk, Belarus, which I was privileged to attend. In September 2020, five of my films will appear at the Bondance International Film Festival in Japan. My hobby is languages. I am currently working on Japanese. My grandchildren are half Japanese and live in Japan, and I wish to communicate better with their cousins, aunts, and uncles when I visit. It takes some effort, but it’s fun! (Kind of like filmmaking.)