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John W. Simmons

John W. Simmons


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Cast (feature film)

Killing Yard, The (2001) as Bob
A courtroom drama about the aftermath of the 1971 riots at New York's Attica State Penitentiary, focusing on the story of Shango, an African-American inmate indicted for the murder of two white fellow prisoners during the revolt. Even though he'd been extremely ill, Ernie Goodman, one of America's m

Cinematography (feature film)

Dark Girls (2013)
Dark Girls (2013)
Sellebrity (2012)
This historical ride through the early days of Hollywood and the rise of the paparazzi explores how fame has changed from the highly-structured studio system to the current free-for-all press and paparazzi frenzy. Interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Sara Jessic
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2010)
A celebration of the cultural influence and social impact black comedy has wielded over the past 400 years.
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2010)
A celebration of the cultural influence and social impact black comedy has wielded over the past 400 years.
Not Easily Broken (2009)
Dave and Clarice Johnson are in their second decade of marriage. Dave's dreams of major league baseball success were dashed by an injury in college, leading him to a steady but unfulfilling career as the head of a small construction firm. Clarice is basking in the glow of real estate stardom, creati
Fantasia Barrino Story, The: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale (2006)
Based on the true story of Fantasia Barrino, a single mother who overcame sexual abuse, poverty and illiteracy to win the singing competition "American Idol."
Killing Yard, The (2001) as Director Of Photography
A courtroom drama about the aftermath of the 1971 riots at New York's Attica State Penitentiary, focusing on the story of Shango, an African-American inmate indicted for the murder of two white fellow prisoners during the revolt. Even though he'd been extremely ill, Ernie Goodman, one of America's m
3 Strikes (2000) as Director Of Photography
Rob is a young black man who has just been freed from the penitentiary for the second time. Aware of the "three-strikes" law that would put him behind bars for life if convicted a third time, Rob decides to play it cool from thid point on. However, when his ride home from the penitentiary doesn't s
Simon Magus (1999) as Camera Operator
In a Central European shtetl in the nineteenth century, times are getting hard, as the community has lost many of its men to emigration and is facing a crisis of modernization. Dovid, a handsome, poor young Jew plans to build a railway station to put the town back on the map, and meanwhile is wooing
Selma, Lord, Selma (1999) as Director Of Photography
Television movie based on the memoirs of Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson. Set in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, two African-American schoolgirls participate in Martin Luther King's historic march from Selma to Montgomery to support black voter registration amidst ever-escalating dangers of hatred, pre
The Race to Save 100 Years (1998) as Cinematographer
Experts in film preservation and restoration race to rescue the lost treasures of our cinematic past.
Asunder (1998) as Director Of Photography
The lives of two couples--who are best friends--are destroyed, when one of the wives dies in a freak accident. The surviving widower blames his best friend for his wife's death and seeks revenge by attempting to seduce his wife.
Ruby Bridges (1998) as Director Of Photography
Fact-based dramatization of the triumph of six-year-old Ruby Bridges, one of the first African-American students to integrate a public elementary school in New Orleans. She overcomes the difficulties and challenges of her situation with the help of teacher Barbara Henry; psychiatrist Dr. Robert Cole
Dinner, The (1997) as Director Of Photography
The story of three African-American men who get together for dinner in an upscale Savannah, Georgia restaurant to discuss the role of the black man in American.
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995) as Director Of Photography
Welcome to Glen Allan, Mississippi, 1946. Experience an America that remains only in the hearts and minds of those who were brought up in this small southern community. Lost in the sweat of the cotton fields and hidden in the juke joints of muddy water blues, the people of Glen Allan nurtured and pr
112th & South Central: Through the Eyes of the Children (1993) as Cinematographer
A documentary about the effects of the 1992 Los Angeles riots on the lives of young people who lived through them.
Stompin' at the Savoy (1992)
Four black women move to New York from North Carolina in 1939 to work as live-in domestics. In order to forget their troubles, they go dancing at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.
Five Heartbeats, The (1991) as Additional Camera Operator
Five young friends are drawn together by music during the Motown era of the Sixties. Their dream of success takes them from amateur nights in ghetto clubs to the pinnacle of show business success and personal tragedy.
Lenny Live (1989) as Camera Operator
Lenny Henry live in concert at the Hackney Empire.
Crash Course (1988)
A group of mischievous high school seniors are enrolled in a summer-school driver''s education class.
Secret Policeman's Third Ball, The (1987) as Camera Operator
Innocent, The (1984) as Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
Xtro (1983) as Camera Operator
My Therapist (1983) as Camera Operator
I Be Done Been Was Is (1983) as Camera Operator
Richard Pryor Here and Now (1983) as Cinematographer
Pryor's third concert film, following "Richard Pryor Live in Concert" (USA/1979) and "Richard Concert Live on the Sunset Strip" (USA/1982).
House of the Long Shadows (1982) as Camera Operator
Urgh! A Music War (1982) as Cinematographer
Remembrance (1981) as Camera Operator
Spaced Out (1981) as Camera Assistant
A sex comedy about a group of female space invaders from the star system Betelgeuse who takes male prisoners from earth.
Rude Boy (1980) as Camera Operator

Film Production - Main (feature film)

To Sleep With Anger (1990) as Additional Photography
Witnessing how the generational disputes between the family patriarch, his wife and their two married sons become amplified when an unexpected visitor drops in... Enter Harry, a smiling charmer from the old days in the Deep South... Is he in fact an evil spirit, setting a curse upon the house?.. Har
Xtro (1983) as Additional Photography

Cinematography (special)

Gin Game, The (2003) as Director Of Photography
An adaptation of D. L. Coburn's play about two residents of a nursing home whose gin rummy games bring out the best and the worst in both of them.
In Style Celebrity Weddings (2003) as Director Of Photography
In Style magazine takes a look at the year's most exciting celebrity weddings.
Maxim Hot 100 (2003) as Director Of Photography
A special detailing the choices for the 2003 Maxim Hot 100 including interviews with many of the women selected as well as some of their more famous fans.
Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) as Cinematographer
Documentary about the Alan Smithee pseudonym, created by the Director's Guild of America for directors who ask to have their names removed from movie credits. It has been used in more that 45 features and TV movies. Includes films clips and interviews with critics and directors.
Collected Stories (2002) as Director Of Photography
Adaptation of Donald Margulies' play about two writers -- an aging author with a past and her young student, who exploits her mentor's life. A respected short-story writer and teacher in her mid-fifties, Ruth Steiner has carved out a comfortable life for herself in a Greenwich Village apartment tha
Merchant of Venice, The (2001) as Camera Operator
This Royal National Theatre production of Shakespeare's play is set in cafe society in Venice during the 1930s. The tragedy of a money-lending Jew seeking vengeance on a Christian merchant is intermingled with three love stories, one involving a fairy tale test of true worth.
Old Settler, The (2001) as Director Of Photography
Adaptation of John Henry Redwood's play, set in Harlem in the 1940s, about two sisters whose lives are altered when a young Southern man takes temporary lodging in their apartment. Quilly, newly separated from her husband, has come to live with her never-married sister Elizabeth. She is dismayed to
Delroy Lindo in Conversation With Charles Burnett (2000) as Director Of Photography
Actor Delroy Lindo converses with director Charles Burnett about making movies which chronicle the everyday lives of African-American families and communities.
Cats (1998) as Additional Camera Operator
A presentation of the stage musical, "Cats," about a magical meeting of assorted cats. Taped at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
Christmas Angel, The (1998) as Camera
A holiday ice show featuring skaters Dorothy Hamill, Elvis Stojko, Tonia Kwiatkowski and Rudy Galindo. The world champion figure skaters perform Manheilm Steamroller's "The Christmas Angel," a tale of a village where Christmas comes alive to frolic on the night before Christmas.
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever (1998) as Director Of Photography
Retrospective of the Motown record company, founded by Berry Gordy in 1958, which produced numerous pop records and initiated the careers of acts such as the Supremes, the Jackson Five, and Stevie Wonder. Includes clips, interviews, celebrity appearances and performances.
Best Moments of 90210, The (1996) as Director Of Photography
A retrospective including crucial turning points, steamy romances, funny escapades and scenes with departed cast members.
Sweet Potato Ride (1995) as Camera Operator
A day in the life of an 18-year-old in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles.
L.A. Homefront (1995) as Director Of Photography (Tooks Family)
Quasi-documentary which portrays five Los Angeles families grappling with the violence and race-related issues surrounding the Rodney King beating and the L.A. riots of 1992. Represents a collaboration of Los Angeles artists.
Lion King: A Musical Journey With Elton John, The (1994) as Camera (United Kingdom)
A special taking a behind-the-scenes look at the composition of the music for the animated feature film, "The Lion King."
Boys, The (1992) as Camera Operator
A comedy/musical special starring The Boys, a real-life recording/performing quartet, as four orphaned, vocally and choreographically talented youngsters who are suddenly reunited in Southern California.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Story, The (1992) as Film Camera
A special on the career of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul (1992) as Director Of Photography
A documentary profiling the career of singer/composer/pianist Ray Charles.

Film Production - Main (special)

Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) as Photography
A documentary examining the history of black comedy. Includes television and film footage.

Film Production - Lighting/Electrical (special)

Tina Turner: Girl From Nutbush (1998) as Lighting Camera
An overview of the singer's career includes comments from manager Roger Davies and ex-husband Ike Turner, as well as Mick Jagger, Elton John, David Bowie, Mark Knopfler.

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