John Wildman is the Head of Press and Public Relations for the American Film Institute. In addition, he is the Director of PR for AFI FEST, AFI DALLAS, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the Lone Star International Film Festival, the Feel Good Film Festival and the Producer of The Vision Awards (an award show that benefits Retinitis Pigmentosa International).
Wildman is currently in pre-production on the horror/thriller, STRIPPED. Co-written with Justina Walford, the film is an exploration in post-feminist terror, following the efforts of three men to escape death at the hands of strippers who practice cannibalism. Wildman is in post production on THE DANCER’S BEATDOWN, which he wrote and directed. The comedy short focuses on a young man who, escorted and prodded by a posse of women, dances “at” a group of men trying to enjoy their weekend.
Previous film directorial efforts include the film shorts, PAIN TALK SHOW and MONEY STORE which he directed from his own scripts. PAIN TALK SHOW views a public access academia interview which rapidly descends into violence, while MONEY STORE centers on the frustration a customer faces in trying to understand the intricate system of a bookstore which also “sells” money. Wildman also wrote, co-directed, and starred in a comedy short about mistaken identity, a beautiful stalker and a pet frog called DOUBLEDAY
In 2008, Wildman wrote and produced THE 35th ANNUAL VISION AWARDS. The award show was seen this Fall on KCOP. Wildman also wrote and produced THE 34th ANNUAL VISION AWARDS which aired on the ION Network in 2007 and THE 33rd ANNUAL VISION AWARDS which aired on the PAX Network in 2006. In addition, Wildman served as a production coordinator on UPN’s “ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, ABC’s “CHRISTMAS IN ASPEN, as well as “JANET JACKSON – LIVE IN HAWAII for HBO. In addition, Wildman’s work as a writer was seen at the 2001 RADIO MUSIC AWARDS/MEGABLAST event at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Wildman did double duty for the event, both scripting (and appearing) in a series of vignettes on closed circuit TV with KIIS-FM personality Ellen K , as well as scripting the Megablast Awards ceremony hosted by “Survivors” Gervase, Joel and Kimmi. As a writer, Wildman has penned the situation comedy pilots, FRANK TALK LIVE and THE CONTINUING DATING ADVENTURES OF ANDREW LACKHAPPY.
On stage on 2007, Wildman directed the Foe Pa comedy theatre/multi-media troupe’s THE LOST EPISODE at the M Bar in Hollywood, while writing, directing and performing in various Serial Killers productions at the Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood. Walford directed his script EXPLODING GIRLFRIENDS at the Actoberfest competition at the Secret Rose Theater in North Hollywood, as well. Directed by Chris Fessenden, Wildman wrote and performed his one man show, YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A HEATHEN, DO YOU? during the Sight Unseen Theater’s 2005 Summer Theatre Festival at The Black Box Theatre in Santa Monica. Previous work as a writer and actor included A LIFE IN THE THEATRE…AND BEYOND at the Secret Rose Playhouse in the NoHo Arts district in North Hollywood in 2004. This followed his production of LATE II which also premiered at the Secret Rose Playhouse in 2001. Wildman wrote, directed, produced and performed in the critically praised show which enjoyed a successful three month run and was described as “a clear-eyed dissection of society’s most influential medium” as well as being “just plan demented” by the LA WEEKLY.
Previous film credits as an actor include Josh Evans’ THE PRICE OF AIR, Kevin Alber’s MIND GAMES with Brian Krause, Don Jones’ LETHAL PURSUIT, Michael Miner’s DEADLY WEAPON, and Andre de Toth’s FINAL CURTAIN.
Other stage credits include THE GRAVES OF SAN ANDREAS for Sight Unseen at the Culver City Playhouse in Culver City, his adventurous comedy, LATE which enjoyed a successful run at Burbank’s Third Stage Theatre in 1997, PRELUDE TO A KISS at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Beverly Hills, the ensemble comedy, BASICALLY ALLEN, PINTER AND US which also featured sketches written by Wildman alongside those by Woody Allen, Harold Pinter, and John Cleese and Graham Chapman from Monty Python – performed at the Wadsworth Theatre in Westwood, California, writing and performing with the comedy ensemble troupe, Squalor U., as well as BURIED CHILD and SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS at the Etc. Theatre in Tallahassee, Florida.
Wildman has also served as the Director of Press and Public Relations for the 1st Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (2007). He has also written for various publications including the AFI FEST Daily News, the AFI DALLAS Daily News, TWIST, REACT Magazine, DR. DREW.COM, and the Long Beach Press Telegram.