Charles Johannsen

Charles Johannsen
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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 of dozen short art films and videos since the 1970s.  Chuck Johannsen is the main instigator, producer, editor, and often camera operator.  Dal Lazlo, a Madison-based painter, and illustrator, usually share writing and directing credits.

They are currently working on a 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.

(815) 229-0616
1623 Pleasant View Court
Rockford, IL
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