John Norris spent much of his youth travelling around Alaska with his parents, who are both preachers. He spends much of his adult life watching action movies, telling jokes in dingy bars, and producing videos.
Norris has made Anchorage his home for the last six years. He attended the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he earned a journalism degree. He immediately put said degree to work as a photographer and web producer at Anchorage’s KTUU Channel 2.
After years of making music videos and short films, Norris started the annual Anchorage 48-Hour Film Challenge, which has grown to be the largest film competition in the state with over 23 teams competing and multiple sold out screenings.
One other must-know fact, John Norris hates birds. His parents still think it’s very suspicious that their pet cockatoo disappeared 11 years ago, while they were away on a trip. Norris still claims he had nothing to do with the disappearance.
jnorris (at) alaskapublic (dot) org