documentary + non-fiction film tv & new media producer


John Neely rain parade ThailandJohn has been producing and directing documentaries since the late 90's. An accomplished editor, he cut the award-winning feature Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley, about the life and legacy of the late singer-songwriter (60 min. 2004; Winner CMJ Signature Award, CMJ Film Festival, 2004, Best Music Documentary, San Francisco World Film Festival 2005, and Best Film and Best Documentary, D.I.Y. Film Festival Los Angeles 2006). Curve Ball, a short personal film about his brother's struggle with mental illness screened at festivals including Full Frame, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and the Chicago Asian American Film Festival (7 min. 1999).

As a documentary television producer, John has produced, field produced, booked, or developed shows with subjects ranging from construction and engineering to rare cats. For Science Channel's Build it Bigger, John produced Drought-proofing Australia (60 min. 2011) about Melbourne’s massive new desalination plant, and negotiated access for shows in Serbia and Azerbaijan. For Animal Planet’s Cats 101 (4 x 60 min. 2012), John traveled to Thailand to document that country’s ancient cat owning tradition, and covered rare breeds throughout the US. Most recently John criss-crossed the West Coast while producing Travel Channel's Extreme Houseboats (3 x 60 min. 2012).

As Strategic Projects Producer at the Museum of Science Boston, John produced numerous shorts about nanotechnology for display in US museums and online, and a six-DVD boxed set entitled Talking Nano for the K-12 educational market. John also launched several viral videos that shattered viewership records, proving that STEM content could indeed be cool enough to share.

As a production freelancer, John has worked in advertising (Writer, Humongous Media), high-tech (Camera Operator, Boston Dynamics), and TV development (Field Producer, NFGTV).

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