John Haptas

John HaptasJohn Haptas is a filmmaker and freelance documentary film editor. His editing credits include Soundtrack to a Riot for Frontline World (Emmy Nomination), Hunting the Hidden Dimension, a PBS Nova program on fractal geometry (“Pierre-Gilles de Gennes” Science Film Prize), and Inside Guantanamo Bay, a two-hour National Geographic Explorer special (editor/co-writer; Emmy nominations for Best Documentary and for Writing). He recently finished editing and co-writing Regarding Susan Sontag (premiere: Tribeca Film Festival, Special Jury Award; HBO broadcast December 2014). He previously worked as a location sound mixer on scores of productions. He has been a guest lecturer in graduate film production classes 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.

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