Talent Guide

Casey Cooper Johnson

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Directing Lab 2012, Fast Track 2012, Grants and Awards 2012, Screenwriting Lab 2012


Prior to completing his M.F.A. at the American Film Institute, Casey Cooper Johnson lived for 10 years in post-war Kosovo, directing documentaries and producing an internationally syndicated current affairs program Life in Kosovo. He is best known in the Balkan region for his weekly political satire sketches, Kosovo’s Son-in-Law.

At AFI, Johnson wrote and directed the short version of Unmanned, which screened at AFI Fest and Tribeca Film Festival. He currently produces non-fiction content for WIGS, a new digital channel created by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia, while preparing to direct the feature-length version of Unmanned.

Current Project



A young Air Force drone operator struggles to balance the stresses of going to war for the first time with the challenges of being a good father and husband, as he commutes each day between suburban family life and the war he fights by remote control.