John Sobrack began to pursue filmmaking when he moved to Los Angeles in 2005.  He previously resided in Minneapolis where he was involved with multiple community theatres as both an actor and producer.  He directed several musicals for the Beth El Synagogue youth group, managing casts of 50+ students.  John holds a BFA in Theatre, Acting, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Once in Los Angeles, John enrolled in a two-quarter UCLA Extension course called the Portable Auteur.  The course took students from the initial pitch of a story, to writing, producing and directing a short film.  The final product of the course was his first short film, Nearlife.  The film premiered in 2007 at the Indianapolis International Film Festival and the Rainier Independent Film Festival, where it won the Best Student Short Film Award. It also screened at the inaugural Out In The Desert LGBT Film Festival in Tucson, AZ.

In 2008, John formed the production company, Nearlife Productions, with producing partner, Janice Walbrink. He wrote the script and lyrics to his second short film, Boycrazy, a musical comedy short.  The film screened at 30+ film festivals, including Outfest in LA, Miami Gay Lesbian Film Festival & Vancouver Queer Film Festival.  Boycrazy was an audience favorite “Best of the Fest” at 2009 Palm Springs Int’l Shortfest, Winner of Best Experimental Short at 2009 Austin Gay & Lesbian Int’l Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at 2010 FilmOut San Diego.  The film was broadcast on Logo TV’s The Click List: Best in Short Film and was distributed on DVD by Wolfe Releasing as part of a short film compilation, garnering the DVD’s namesake: Boy Crazy.

John co-produced the thriller/horror short film, The Hike, written and directed by Walter Bost, which premiered at Frameline, San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 2011, and screened at several film festivals the following year.

John collaborated with composer David Frank Long and wrote the lyrics for the choral song, Marrying On Christmas Day.  The song premiered at the 2012 holiday concert performed by Portland’s Gay Men’s Chorus.

John’s third short film, Sex Date, is currently being submitted to LGBT festivals worldwide.


What’s Next?

The New Thirty

A web series based around Elliot, a forty-something gay man discovering what it takes to be single again, amongst his circle of friends in their forties.  Mid-life crisis gone gay.

John is co-writing the series with Walter Bost.  The pilot has been shot in July and is currently being edited.  Watch for a Kickstarter campaign this fall to complete 5 more episodes!

One Commentto About

  1. Linda M. Cline says:


    We are interested in screening your film Sex Date for our
    2015 LGBT film festival this fall.
    Please let me know if you have a Vimeo address that
    we could use to screen the film.

    Thank you,
    Linda M. Cline, Chair
    Indiana Cares Campaign to End Homophobia (ICC)


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