Johanna Kern’s fantasy world (LISTEN to our interview with Johanna Kern)
Johanna Kern, a Canadian of Polish descent, first began her career as a professional actress in Europe, and moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film and television. Kern is recognized for her unique directing style and her vision that captivates broad audiences and draws exceptional professionals to her productions.
Recently, she has completed a fantasy/family/adventure feature film Shadowland:The Legend – and wrote the next screenplay in the Shadowland series – Shadowland:The Warrior. She is also developing screenplays for the next films: Shadowland:The Mystic ; Shadowland:The King.
Kern has made eight dramatic short films including the critically acclaimed short Cherries for Brian (1997 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival and Figueira da Foz International Film Festival-Portugal).
She has written seven feature film screenplays and worked as a producer/director on a number of TV commercials and music videos. She has written/produced/directed two musicals for the stage (with large casts of more than 300 actors), and founded an acting school for young performers. She was also the founder/executive director of Fantasy Worldwide Film Festival. Kern holds an Honors B.A. of Applied Arts/Film from Ryerson University. Previously studied theatre and fine arts in Europe.
• MUSIC VIDEO– Theme Song from the film:
• Documentary about the film (EPISODE ONE):
Shot on twenty-five locations in Ontario, Canada, with a large cast (over 3 hundred performers,including martial artists and actors: adults, teenagers and children) – the film and visual effects have been completed in April 2012, and picked up by E-One distribution company shortly after complition. Pre-publicity media coverage achieved total gross impressions of more than 3 million Canadians, through CityTV, MovieTelevision, CHEX-TV, CFMT-TV, Mississauga News, Oshawa/Whitby This Week and Playback Magazine. The original screenplay was based on a stage production – Frank, Big Baba and Forty Thieves – that ran in 2001.
“Shadowland can happen anytime, and anywhere”, says the writer/producer/director Johanna Kern. “This is a story to empower young people to fully become the archetypal Warriors, Mystics, Kings and Queens – that they already are.”
Recently, a novel based on the film script, written by a British author Roy Fitzsimmonds and Johanna Kern, has been completed. The music is scored by the highly acclaimed top European composer, Romuald Lipko, who has written over 200 hit songs, and is the leader of the famous European rock band, Budka Suflera (EU top ten for 30 years). Romuald Lipko & Johanna Kern co-wrote the leading/promotional song for the film.
The Shadows are performed by dozens of high-profile martial artists, including Canadian National Martial Artists team members.
The film is stars Nathan Pidgeon as “Frank” and Agnes Podbielski as “Caroline” (first timer to a feature film); Andrew Guy as “Donlore” (The Rhino Brothers, Cooler Climate, Man with a Gun, Kissed, Intersection, Sliders, Highlander); Vieslav Krystyan as “Centres” (Fugitive Pieces, 54, Darkman III, Nikita, The Shrine, Soul Food, Relic Hunter, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues); Mark Whelan as “Revil” (He is the face of the Sleeman™ franchise) among others.
Johanna Kern’s book “Master and The Green-Eyed Hope” is available on:
Amazon (as Kindle)
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