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John Cunha is a freelance filmmaker and photographer born in Providence, Rhode Island. There, he attended La Salle Academy, where he had his first short film featured in the 2009 Newport International Film Festival, a formative experience. He then went on to attend Georgetown University, studying Government and Film & Media Studies, and The University of Cape Town, where he focused on South African political history.
At Georgetown University, he created video content for the University's Public Affairs office, shared through their social media outlets, as well as for the English and Film & Media Studies Departments. He also served as the Teacher's Assistant for two semesters in Melissa Bruno's "Intro to Filmmaking" course, introducing new FMST students to the fundamentals of film and media creation. Independently, he worked on numerous projects in varying capacities, including directing his Capstone film Conduit, creating promo content for each of Nomadic Theatre's 2015-16 shows, and editing a short documentary for director Eli Meir Kaplan.
While attending Georgetown University, John also created MovieMusicMania.com, a popular film music review website, featuring reviews of newly released scores and exclusive interviews with top composers (including Academy Award-nominee James Newton Howard). The site has been praised by everyone from Academy Award-winner Steven Price to Academy Award-nominee Jóhann Jóhannsson.
John also has a strong passion for social justice, representing Georgetown University at the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates (in Cape Town, South Africa) as a part of its prestigious Youth Delegation, and focusing much of his film work on topics of social relevance. Notably, he directed the 2015 short documentary The District, which deals with the controversial issue of DC Statehood on the eve of marijuana legalization, as well as films in Khayelitsha Township, South Africa, and promotional content for non-profits The Athlife Foundation and The Mansion on O Street.
After graduating magna cum laude in May of 2016, John moved to Los Angeles, California. He currently edits freelance, focusing in short-form documentary. He has received numerous accolades, including a 2017 Communication Arts Annual Award of Excellence for Boombox Mike, and had a film (Unlimited) go viral with 15,000,000 views in its first week.
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