Instructor Bio

BFA Photography, Film Studies Minor, Ohio University 
MFA Film, San Francisco Art Institute 
PhD Media & Communications, European Graduate School 

Denah Johnston is an experimental filmmaker, curator and writer who has been teaching Film History and Studies in person and online since 2008. Denah has been at CCSF since 2015.

Professor Johnston's award-winning films have been exhibited by the National Gallery of Art, BAMPFA, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival,  Athens International Film & Video Festival, the Calder Foundation, Queer Salon Berlin and are distributed by Canyon Cinema Foundation. Curatorial work includes experimental programs, talks and discussions at festivals, universities, galleries and salons worldwide, most recently in Australia and Mexico. Denah's Queer film programming  has been supported by the NEA and Warhol Foundation. Publications include writings on the artistic rebellion of avant-garde cinema from post-war to punk, auteur theory, the occult, women and queer filmmakers, and co-editing  agnesfilms, a website supporting feminist filmmaking. Current research focuses on excavating rarely screened prints from the Canyon Cinema collection.


No Future Now: A Nomadology of Resistance and Subversion, Atropos Press, 2012