emilie mcdonald - filmmaker, mama, human being
Emilie McDonald is an NYC-based filmmaker, writer and actor who graduated from Vassar with a BA in film and drama. In 2012 wrote, directed and produced a narrative short film, CROSSING THE RIVER, inspired by a true story of a modern-day cross burning (SAG Foundation's Short Film Showcase, Dances With Films, SAFILM, WAMMFest, Best Ensemble Cast Award at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, Twin Rivers Media Festival, Interrobang Film Festival, NewFilmmakers, Best Short Award at NUHO Online Film Festival, Queens World Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, Ozark Shorts, International Festival of Cinematic Arts & Manlleu Film Festival in Spain). She wrote and directed OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES in 2010 (Big Apple Film Festival, NewFilmmakers, Blue Sky Film Festival & Flicks in the Garden) and was co-writer and producer of the short MY ELENA in 2008. She is currently in development to direct a feature film based on the true story of a doctor she knew as a child, a Bronx- born Jewish doctor who relocated to rural South Carolina in the 1950’s (semifinalist Tribeca All Access 2010; semifinalist Creative Capital 2011; Indie Film Clinic 2014). She is also co-writer and producer of the short MUCK, starring Tallie Medel, produced by Caitlin Mae Burke, and shot by Sean Price Williams (Hammer to Nail Winter 2015 short film award; world premiere Sarasota Film Festival 2015; other screenings include Montclair Film Festival, Berkshires International Film Festival, and many more). Emilie was Director of Development of Feature Films at Milk & Honey Films (L.A.), where she worked on developing Leonard Cohen’s BEAUTIFUL LOSERS into a feature, and Creative Director at Filmmakers Alliance (L.A.), an independent filmmakers collective. Emilie is a member of Film Fatales, a collective of female filmmakers in NYC and a founding member of the Film Fatales Writing Group which meets monthly at the WGA East.