Since its founding in 2007, Serious Productions has produced two award-winning feature films, The New Twenty and Test, as well as numerous short films, including From the Beginning, Do You Love Me?, Michael’s Dance and Letter to Tennessee. Under the direction of Chris Mason Johnson, Serious Productions has risen to be a strong player in the independent LGBTQ film market, with distribution throughout North America, South America and Europe.
Films produced by Serious Productions have screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, including top tier festivals such as Berlin (Panorama), Palm Springs, OutFest Los Angeles, Seattle and Taipei Golden Horse, among others, and have received strong reviews from both the mainstream press, including The New York Times, as well as LGBTQ and cinema-specialized press such as The Advocate, Out Magazine, Film Comment and Indiewire.
Collectively, films produced by Serious Productions have been awarded Grand Jury and Special Prizes from OutFest Los Angeles (Best Actress, Nicole Bilderback, The New Twenty; Best Screenplay and Best U.S. Feature, Test), FilmOut San Diego (Best Screenplay, The New Twenty), Ft. Lauderdale Int. Film Festival (Best First Feature, The New Twenty), Calgary Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Best Actor, Colin Fickes, The New Twenty) and Tampa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Emerging Filmmaker Award, Chris Mason Johnson, Test). In 2015, Test was nominated for an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Produced for Less than Five Hundred Thousand Dollars).
Serious Productions has received grants from the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Horizons Foundation, and the Marin Foundation, in addition to managing a successful Kickstarter campaign for postproduction on Test. With screenings of Test (set in 1985 San Francisco in the early days of the AIDS epidemic), Serious Productions continues to work with LGBTQ Community Centers in the U.S. to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention.