John Haptas

John Haptas is a filmmaker and documentary editor. His editing credits include Soundtrack to a Riot, Frontline World (Emmy Nomination), Hunting the Hidden Dimension, PBS Nova (“Pierre-Gilles de Gennes” Science Film Prize), and Inside Guantanamo Bay, a two-hour National Geographic special (editor/co-writer; Emmy nominations for Best Documentary and for Writing). He edited and co-wrote Regarding Susan Sontag (premiere: Tribeca Film Festival, Special Jury Award; broadcast on HBO). He previously worked extensively as a location sound mixer, and has also worked as a cinematographer. He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University and UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism Film Program. With Kristine Samuelson, he was an Artist in Residence at the Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and taught master classes at the Hanoi Academy of Theater and Cinema. Haptas and Samuelson have together made documentaries on a wide range of subjects: tourism in Paris, the Vietnam War, and homelessness. Their latest film, Tokyo Waka, has appeared in festivals worldwide and won numerous awards, and has been screened theatrically in New York at Film Forum, and in Toronto and Seattle. He is currently shooting and co-directing, with Kristine Samuelson, a documentary on refugees in Sweden.