Jan Foukal graduated in documentary filmmaking from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). He is an external member of the Vosto5 theater troupe. In 2013 he took the pseudonym Johannes Benz to present the audiovisual road movie Song of the Open Road, inspired by Walt Whitman. In 2014 he released his debut album One Way Road in collaboration with Supraphon records. He is cofounder of the Tranzistor label and the initiator of the “Cinema Open” movement, which has been engaged in reclaiming closed movie theaters in the Czech Republic since 2009. He shot the short documentaries Hello Babu (2006), Egon Bondy’s Last Lecture (2009) and The Making Of (2011), and filled supporting roles in Jitka Rudolfová’s films Dreamers (2009) and Delight (2013). The documentary Amerika was his feature-length directorial debut.
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