johnJohn Helde  is a director and writer of documentaries, feature films and commercials, and the founder of Try This Films, a production company based in Seattle.  John’s debut feature documentary MADE IN CHINA, the story of his father’s China boyhood, played the festival circuit to critical acclaim before a Documentary Channel debut.  His award-winning dramatic shorts include HELLO, starring Eric Stoltz and Susanna Thompson.  HELLO won the CSA Artios Award for Best Short Film Casting and the IFP Spotlight Award Grant, and can be found on Amazon and Hulu.  John’s latest documentary FIELD WORK: A FAMILY FARM, which Willamette Week called “like all things truly American, both celebration and elegy,” is on public television.  His 2015 feature PHOEBE’S FATHER, shot entirely in Seattle, premiered at NYC Independent Film Festival.  John also directs award-winning brand films and commercials for ad agencies, corporations and non-profits including Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, WongDoody, and Partners for Our Children. John got his start with the New York documentary-makers Maysles Films, and was a film editor on noted features and documentaries.  He is finishing post-production on his new feature film BROWN’S CANYON and is developing the comedy/drama OPEN DOORS.