Executive Producer, John Mossman As director of the Southside Filmmaking Youth Initiative program he has overseen the production of numerous short films by students from Chicago's south side, resulting in two national Emmy Awards, a singular achievement in the category. John has also directed numerous films, including the acclaimed indie feature Into The Wake, winner of the Industry Choice Award at Dances With Films and top award winner at numerous other festivals. He has received Best Director awards for both Into The Wake and the short film Jell-Ohh Lady, which screened at the Los Angeles DGA and Egyptian Theater as part of the American Cinematheque Series, and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival where it won Audience Favorite. He has won two Telly Awards as a director, most notably for the groundbreaking documentary on teen mental illness There's No Such Thing As Crazy, also winner of a Voice Award.
He is also co-founder and former associate artistic director of The Artistic Home, and has taught actors in Chicago and in Thailand at Mahidol University and at the Screen Training Ireland institute in Dublin. He adapted and directed the Paddy Chayefsky screenplay The Goddess, the first such screen-to-stage adaptation granted by the Chayefsky estate and was named "One of 10 People Making a Difference in Chicago Theater" by Performink Magazine. His work has been listed in numerous year-end top ten lists, and he was named a Best Director in 2012 by WBEZ. As an actor he has appeared in theaters throughout the country, as well as in film and on television. He was nominated for an Equity Jeff Award for his performance in Peer Gynt, which also won him the Chicago Stage Talk Award for Best Performance.
He teaches Film Directing at Columbia College and Harold Ramis Films School, and received degrees in film and theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.