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Thomas Phillips Johnson

Tom Johnson is in active retirement from a film and television career. He is currently involved in philanthropic work in Vermont and Pittsburgh, Penn., in his fields of interest which include the effects of environment on human health, early childhood education, mentoring, and social change media. Mr. Johnson studied English and American studies at Williams College and received a M.A. in broadcasting, film and communications research from Stanford University. He was among the first generation of filmmakers to work with portable sync-sound equipment to produce documentary films in the “direct cinema” style. During the 1970s, Tom was director of media studies and assistant professor at Antioch College where he helped design the master of arts degree in media studies and became interested in working with video for social change. He also consulted for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for Humanities. In 1977 he received a Clio Award nomination for a series of national public service announcements he designed in connection with the Ford Foundation. From 1979 until 1995, Tom was co-producer/director of the acclaimed “An American Portrait” series of documentary films for theatrical and television release. “America Lost and Found” (1979) was a social history of the 1930s in America. The series also included the feature documentary “The World of Tomorrow,” a look back at the promises of technology as seen in the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Tom is vice president of the Permanent Fund for the Well-Being of Vermont's Children, a director of Vermont Public Radio, a member of the Vermont Law School Advisory Committee, and an emeritus board member of Bethany College. Tom has served on the Green Mountain College Board of Trustees since 2006.

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