After graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1994, Ance turned down a career in politics to follow a passion for film production.
In the past 20 years, Ance has interviewed hundreds of leaders from all walks of life, including the President and Vice President of the United States, numerous Senators and Defense Department Officials, and key personalities from the business, non-profit and entertainment worlds. He has also filmed extensively around the world in a dozen countries on four continents, including Cuba, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, India, and East Africa.
He started his production career with the Christian Broadcasting Network, writing and producing a two-hour television special on the history of the United States called “Victory in Spite of All Terror.”
In 1997, Ance joined forces with Dr. Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade, to co-author Red Sky in the Morning, a book and video series detailing the story of America from Christopher Columbus to modern times. Nearly 70,000 hardbound copies of the book were distributed, including hand delivered copies to President Clinton, Members of Congress, and Governors across the country.
Like his father, Ance has a fascination with diverse cultures and political structures, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Far East, the Middle East, and Africa. He has experienced extensive survival training in the Alaskan Wilderness. John and his father were in the Pentagon working on a documentary project on the morning of September 11, 2001 when the corridor they were in was struck by hijacked American Airlines Flight 77.
Ance is an accomplished cinematographer, film/video editor and screenwriter and spends all of his efforts now building 45 North Communications. Most recently, he was the Producer/Director for three national network television specials; “Arlington: In Eternal Vigil,” “The Medal,” and “A Nation Remembers: The Story of the Pentagon Memorial.”
Ance and his wife Margo, have three children and reside in Northern Michigan.