emilie mcdonald - filmmaker, mama, human being
Emilie McDonald is an award-winning NYC-based film director and writer who graduated from Vassar with a BA in film and drama. She co-wrote and directed the feature film QUEEN ANNE'S LACE (2017), a narrative hybrid feature produced by Caitlin Mae Burke and executive produced by Gill Holland. She co-wrote and produced MUCK (2015), starring Tallie Medel, produced by Caitlin Mae Burke, and shot by Sean Price Williams (Best Narrative Short IndieMemphis; Hammer to Nail short film award; Sarasota Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest, Nantucket Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Montclair Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival, and more). She wrote, directed and produced CROSSING THE RIVER, a narrative short film inspired by a true story of a modern-day cross burning which screened internationally (2013 - Best Ensemble Cast Award at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, Best Short Award at NUHO Online Film Festival). She wrote and directed OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES (2011) and was co-writer and producer of MY ELENA (2010). Emilie is currently in development to write and direct several feature films including BUCKLE MY SOUL, based on the true story of a Bronx-born Jewish doctor who relocated to rural South Carolina in the 1950’s (semifinalist Tribeca All Access; semifinalist Creative Capital; Indie Film Clinic); FLORESCENT MESA (a coming-of-age drama set in New Mexico in the 1980's; semifinalist Cine Qua Non), and EUREKA. 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. She has served on festival juries and spoken on panels about crowdfunding, social issue films and more. Emilie is a proud member of Film Fatales.