Located in the heart of Hollywood, Shoot First Inc. (SFI) is a boutique production company specializing in nonfiction storytelling. SFI has produced content across all platforms, in TV and film, from long-form to bumpers, with a viral sensibility and streamlined production approach.
Founded over a decade ago by John Wellington Ennis, SFI has evolved from post-production artistry to releasing feature films through traditional distribution channels matched with innovative grassroots support. Beyond traditional video services such as shooting and editing, SFI can advise and plan campaigns for brands and NGOs, incorporating engaging storytelling with social media savvy.
SFI is committed to high-quality work no matter the job or the size of the audience. Delivering a social message is as important as getting a laugh.
John Wellington Ennis is a filmmaker, activist, and father. His previous films are PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes, FREE FOR ALL! One Dude’s Quest to Save Our Elections, and the Upright Citizens Brigade‘s Wild Girls Gone, starring Amy Poehler. Ennis has written for The Huffington Post, The Onion, and Melrose & Fairfax. He is a co-founder of Video the Vote, a citizen journalism project covering election problems, and is on the board of Public Interest Pictures. He has produced and directed Reality TV for the U.S. and U.K. His New York cable access show Toolz of the New School was a cult hit in the Giuliani era, represented by ICM, and developed by Howard Stern Productions. He attended the film schools at New York University and University of Southern California and has taught documentary filmmaking at UCLA Extension. His book about street art in Los Angeles, Where Else But The Streets, will be released later this year by Rothco Press. He hosts “Proper Propaganda,” a hip hop and politics show on Radio Free Brooklyn.