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Johanna B Kelly

Production Designer, Director, Producer

Career Summary

Johanna B. Kelly is a Melbourne Filmmaker and multi-disciplinary Designer for Feature Films, TV, music videos and commercials working in Melbourne, New York & LA. Credits comprise producing, writing and directing award winning eco foodie documentary The Gateway Bug (84mins, USA) 2018, a feature film on global food security starring TV chef Andrew Zimmern that premiered at Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2017 and was invited to over 20 film festivals globally. Invited as director to Napa Valley Film Festival's 2017 "Artist-In-Residence" program at The Meadowood, where The Gateway Bug was in core competition and undertaking a series of Oscar-award-winner led masterclasses, Johanna also joined in Q&A filmmaker panels across the world. 7 indie feature films as Production Designer, including Like Lambs (86mins, USA) 2017, starring Liam Aiken and Justin Chon, shot on 35mm (Atlanta Film Festival & Boston Int. Film Festival). Most recently Art Directing Chris Hemsworth's Centr fitness app videos, Assistant Art Director on new Netflix show Clickbait starring Adrian Grenier, Betty Gabriel and Zoey Kazan, Netflix's number #1 most streamed series worldwide in September 2021, teaching Production Design at University, and in development on 2 feature film projects. Prior to moving to NYC, Johanna was Exhibition Designer for the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. Designing over 35 exhibitions including record breaking Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire with over 332,000 visitors. Simultaneously earning an MA in Interior Design from RMIT University. Later working with Frieze Art Fair, NYC and the IFPDA Print Fair NYC, as design consultant. Striving towards a sustainable and inspirational design practice; environmentally motivated to change the world through design, art and film.


LIKE LAMBS, Feature Film, Associate Producer, Production Designer

THE GATEWAY BUG, Feature Film, Director, Producer, Writer, Art Director

CLICKBAIT, TV Series, Assistant Art Director

Professional Credits

Festivals, Awards, Nominations

  • 2018, Bonita Springs Int. Film Festival - Audience Award Winner, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, American Conservation Film Festival - Green Spark Award, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival - Best Environmental Documentary, Australia, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Impact DOCS Awards - Award of Excellence, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Milano Int. Film Festival Awards - Awarded 'Special Menzione', nominated for Best Film and Best Documentary, Italy, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Nashville Film Festival - nominated Best Documentary, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Bentonville Film Festival - nominated for Best Documentary, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Napa Valley Film Festival - Artist in Residence & nominated for Best Documentary, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival - World Premiere, nominated for Best Documentary, USA, The Gateway Bug
  • 2017, San Francisco Doc Fest, USA, The Gateway Bug

Education & Other Accreditation

  • 2012, RMIT, Australia, MA (Interior Design)
  • 2009, RMIT, Australia, BA (Interior Design)

Special and Technical Skills

Production Design, Art Direction, producing, writing and directing across Australia and America.

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