"In a world where cookie-cutter presentations overwhelm mainstream moviemaking, Otto has reminded us that movies are extensions of the moviemaker, not the other way around."
- Michael Walsh, MovieMaker Magazine
Johnny Otto Writer/Director/Producer/DP/Editor
Johnny Otto is a filmmaker with the spirit of a true independent artist.
He began his journey when he was 6 years old shooting super 8 films with his brothers and sisters and the neighborhood kids.
When he was 19 he attended film school in Canada where he made the experimental, award-winning short "The Ecstasy Barbershop".
After moving to Los Angeles in 1990, he spent a decade writing scripts, polishing his craft, waiting for technology to catch
up with his indie visions: To create films without studios, lights, or crew.
Otto optioned his forst script to Joel Silver when he was just 26 years old.
In 2006 Otto purchased his first digital camera, giving him the freedom to create films with very little budgets. In 2007 he created 7 films in 7 weeks. These films are showcased on this page and
are called Slimdunce.
Slimdunce has screened throughout Los Angeles to enthusiastic audiences and got the attention of MovieMaker Magazine which feature Johnny in
an exlusive story...
"Johnny Otto is no stranger to the difficulties moviemakers face when trying to turn aspirations into reality. Armed with only a suitcase and a few hundred bucks, Otto took off for Los Angeles in 1990. Since then, he’s done everything, from hosting underground art exhibits to releasing a full-length album to creating award-winning animations with partner-in-crime Michael Morrison. This fall, Otto premieres his latest project, “Slimdunce,” an accomplishment he describes as “the single most amazing thing” he has created to date. In a world where cookie-cutter presentations overwhelm mainstream moviemaking, Otto has reminded us that movies are extensions of the moviemaker, not the other way around. “Slimdunce” features seven short films, all of which were shot in one day a week for seven consecutive weeks, a concept Otto derived from 24-hour film contests.
Otto took the time to tell MM all about “Slimdunce,” from its origin as the unexpected offspring of a deadline’s extension to the realization of a dream no amount of pinching has been able to end." - MovieMaker Magazine,