John Whitehead is an independent filmmaker whose work ranges from social issue documentaries to humor and parody. His recent projects include the Emmy-Award winning documentaries, Transplant: A Gift For Life, and First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language.
He wrote, co-produced, directed and edited the five-part documentary series Minnesota: A History of the Land. Whitehead’s credits include the national PBS documentaries Make ‘Em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers’ Story and Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang.
As Senior Producer for Arts and Culture at Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul, MN (1990-96), he produced the documentaries, Death of the Dream: Farmhouses in the Heartland; Clay, Wood Fire, Spirit: The Pottery of Richard Bresnahan; Not Quite American: Bill Holm of Minneota; A State Fair Scrapbook; and Mississippi, Minnesota. He also co-created and produced the landmark interview series Portrait and the award winning documentary series Tape’s Rolling!
Mr. Whitehead’s work has earned seven regional Emmy Awards, an HBO Films Producer Award, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award, and the Gold Plaque from The Chicago Film Festival. He spent 1993-1994 at The University of Chicago as a William Benton Fellow in broadcast journalism.