Johnson makes documentary and experimental films and lives in Portland, Oregon. His film Hand Game (2000) opened the American Indian film Festival in San Francisco. His film three possible scenes won best dramatic short at the 2004 River Run International Film Festival. Video installations by Johnson have appeared in several galleries in the Portland area. His feature-length personal documentary, Stuff, received the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and won a special jury prize at the 2011 Florida Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Talking Pictures Festival. In 2012, Johnson received the prestigious Individual Artists Fellowship from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, honoring artists in the Portland metropolitan area who are the strongest representatives of the range and diversity of art in the Northwest.