After finishing a stint in the Army Security Agency, Johnson traveled throughout Central America, living for a time with the Choco Indians in lower Panama in the jungles near the Colombian border. He did his first filming on this trip.

Upon returning to the United States, he earned a degree at the University of Texas. While there, he began working in the commercial film business in Dallas, where he filmed hundreds of commercials, documentaries and two theatrical features.

He worked on televisions specials, which aired on ABC and CBS networks; and spent two years directing and filming the outdoor television series, “The Lone Star Sportsman,” which took him all over the United States and several foreign countries.

Johnson then joined the film unit attached to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, producing public relations and documentary films on the Space Program. He spent five years at NASA working on many films during the “Skylab” era.

Moving to Alaska, he formed his own company, Trailwood Films, producing commercials and documentaries. Many won prizes with two collecting the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle.

Johnson has been profiled in National Wildlife magazine and was named to the Travelogue Hall of Fame.

“Return to Sweden” will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is free. Sawyer Memorial is at 371 Sawyer Road. For more information, call 207-946-5311 or visit www.sawyer-foundation.com.


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