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Charles Johannsen

Work 1623 Pleasant View Court Rockford IL 61107 Work Phone: 815-229-0616 Website: http://www.orchideye.com

Biography

Chuck Johannsen started making super8 and 16mm films as a  teenager inspired by the genre of experimental films.  In 2007, he and his partner, Dal Lazlo, won the first prize at the Wisconsin Film Festival for “Wisconsin’s Own-Best Short Experimental Film.”  The project, 2 Works, 30 Years Apart, is comprised of a short film they made in 1975 (Walk Into Hell, 16 mm B&W paired with its sequel, shot in 2005 (Purgatorio, digital, video, color).  The two projects were shot thirty years to the week and ten miles apart; they featured the same two actors (twins), the same two composers providing original music, one crew member who served on both shoots, and the two co-directors.

This crew of artists goes by the name of Dada-loco Productions.  They’ve been responsible for a couple dozen short art films and videos since the 1970s.  Chuck Johannsen is the main instigator, producer, editor and often camera operator.  Dal Lazlo, Madison-based painter and illustrator, usually shares writing and directing credits.

They are currently working ona surrealistic piece shot partly in Rockford.  The finished video will feature a number of animation sequences (pen-and-ink and paint, not computer).  It should be done in summer 2008.  The two have done commercial work together, chiefly a series of videos for Aztek Airbrushes, a division of Rockford’s Testor Corporation.

Chuck Johannsen also has produced documentaries in the areas of art therapy and in conservation/ecology.  He’s done a considerable amount of work for regional non-profits and government agencies including YMCA, Girl Scouts, Klehm Arboretum, Severson Dells, Rockford Park District, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, Upper Rock River Ecosystem Partnership, and Four Rivers Environmental Coalition.

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1623 Pleasant View Court Rockford IL 61107

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Rockford Area Arts Council
713 E State St.
Rockford, IL 61104
815.963.6765
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