Robert Johnson, Jr. has produced and directed numerous educational, promotional and instructional videos, and more than two-dozen history of science documentaries that have aired on Public Television and cable systems throughout the U.S., Canada, and England. His most recent documentary, No Short Climb: Race Workers” & America’s Defense Technology, received the Leigh Whipper Gold Award from the PhilaFilm International Film Festival & Market, a Platinum REMI from the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, and has been screened at the Dallas Video Festival, the Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle, Washington. A former member of the CINE Board of Directors, he served many years as jury chair for the annual CINE Golden Eagle Awards.
Robert Johnson, Jr. is co-founder and co-chair of the University Film and Video Association’s (UFVA) Documentary Working Group (DWG) caucus, served for many years as jury chair of the Carole Fielding Grants Committee, and was elected to the UFVA Board of Directors in 2006. He contributed three biographies to the African-American National Biography, has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, the Rutgers University, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Royal Society of Chemistry in London, England. He received a preservation grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and produced the acclaimed documentary “Miss Louise Kingman” (using footage preserved from her film collection), and has exhibited photography and experimental video at numerous galleries including the Washington Project for the Arts, the Painted Bridge Art Center, NYU Washington Square East Gallery, the Joe & Emily Lowe Art Gallery, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall.