Filmmakers: Tiffany Johnson, Jonathan Clark
Produced by Was Incarcerated Productions
21 mins.
Non-public release in 2018, debuting at CALL

Saturday, April 13th at 4 PM.
Location | Fowler Museum Lenart Auditorium
Q&A and Discussion to follow the program


The Real Background Check is a Animated Movie telling the real life story of Tiffany Johnson who suffered through and survived life altering traumas caused by early childhood abuse. The Real Background Check breaks down what happens to people before entering the criminal justice system.

about the filmmakers

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Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany walked the grounds of two of the largest prisons in California. Valley State Prison (VSP) and Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) while serving a 15 to life sentence. On April 28, 2010, she walked through the prison gates to start her new life. Through guidance and connections, she went on to claim a career and live on her own. As a subject matter expert on the effect of trauma, Tiffany seeks to provide a platform where women and girls can be freed! Tiffany has completed numerous presentations throughout the country and offers a unique perspective on the intricacies of overcoming reentry and trauma barriers after years of incarceration. Tiffany 4 beautiful children, Tivon’ta, Tyree, Tyshea and Troy Jr. inspired her to push through life to find her purpose.


Jonathan Clark
Jonathan was born and raised in Los Angeles California. Graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with BA and MA in Fine Arts. Received a MFA from the University of Southern California in Sculpture. Started an advertising and marketing company that served record companies, radio stations and businesses globally. Hired as VP of marketing for Motown Records. Started a children's record company with Thurston Bilal called Teach! Entertainment. Has 4 wonderful children, Ann Marie, Jonathan aka J Clark the Jumper (a UCLA Graduate), Christopher and Cylera. 2 beautiful genius grandchildren Rocky and Charlee. And 2 beautiful and loving daughter in laws Dayna (a UCLA Graduate) and Whitney.

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