Johnny  Symons

Johnny Symons

Adjunct Professor

Johnny Symons is an Emmy-nominated independent film and videomaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His documentary Daddy & Papa (2002), about the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men raising children, premiered at Sundance, aired on PBS and international television, and garnered multiple Best Documentary awards. His newest film, Ask Not (2008), an award-winning feature-length documentary about the impact of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the US military, broadcast in 2009 on PBS' Independent Lens.

Symons is the co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000), about South Africa's search for truth and reconciliation, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. His work has screened at more than 200 international film festivals and is used by hundreds of college educators and community organizers. Symons graduated with honors from Brown University and has a master's in documentary production from Stanford University. He teaches film in various Bay Area institutions, including Stanford, University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and the Art Institute of California--San Francisco.