John Thornton

Senior Academic Professional and Director of Film and Media Production

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Office Location: Skiles 351
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM (by appointment)
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John Thornton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work reflects anomalistic stories of strength triumphing over adversity, where the characters compel audiences to take action. He has worked with ABC Family, TLC, HGTV, AXS TV, Meddin Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, UpTV, Student Quarters, From the Root, and Broadcast Management Group on documentary short films, narrative feature films, independent short films, episodic television shows, and reality television shows. John is an active member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Documentary Association, and Film Independent. In the School of LMC, he serves as the Director of Film and Media and is a part of the Black Media Studies cohort.  He teaches Video Production (LMC 3406), Advanced Video Production (LMC 3407), Documentary Film Production (LMC 3258), Global Documentary Theory & Practice (LMC 8803), and Producing Black Documentary Film and Podcast (LMC 3454).

  • M.F.A. Film and Television
Awards and
  • FullBright Specialist Tenure Roster (2019 - 2023)
  • Best Short Documentary - 2021 Rails to Reels Film Festival
Areas of
  • Cinematography
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Film Production
  • Filmmaking
  • VR Filmmaking


  • LCC-3406: Video Production
  • LCC-3843: Spec Topic-Communication
  • LCC-4102: Senior Thesis
  • LMC-3258: Documentary Film
  • LMC-3352: Film Technology
  • LMC-3406: Video Production
  • LMC-3407: Advanced Video Prod
  • LMC-3843: Spec Topic-Communication
  • LMC-3853: Special Topics in Film
  • LMC-4102: Senior Thesis
  • LMC-4500: Seminar in Film Studies