Episode 307: Carolyn McDonald – Writer, Producer & Director

From grassroots community projects & podcasts to award winning network TV films & documentaries, Carolyn McDonald generates & facilitates provocative content for a
variety of creative platforms.

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Fresh out of New York University’s Dramatic Writing/Film Program, Carolyn joined the
East Coast advertising/publicity division of Warner Bros. Television in New York. There
she ran buyer screenings and developed network publicity campaigns for such films as
THE ROAD WARRIOR, CHARIOTS OF FIRE and BLADE RUNNER, and conceived
marketing campaigns for the Warner Bros. cartoon catalogue.
Carolyn also served as a Creative Executive at Cinecom Entertainment Group, where
she was involved in various stages of development & production on such films as THE
HANDMAID’S TALE, ONCE AROUND, MISSISSIPPI MASALA and TUNE IN
TOMORROW.
As Executive Vice President of Danny Glover’s Carrie Productions, she executive
produced TNT’s Emmy & Image Award-nominated civil rights saga, FREEDOM SONG,
written and directed by Oscar® nominee Phil Alden Robinson. Carolyn also co-produced
the critically acclaimed Western BUFFALO SOLDIERS, and executive
produced AMERICA’S DREAM for HBO, which featured Wesley Snipes, and won 4
Cable Aces and an NAACP Image Award for Best Made-for-TV Movie.
While executive producer for Country artist Big Kenny Alphin’s (Big & Rich)
LoveEverybody.com portal, she oversaw the documentary “Bearing Light” which aired
on National Geographic Channel, and produced an array of short content & music
videos.
As a filmmaker, Carolyn produced, co-wrote and directed the short film P.N.O.K.,
featuring Elle Fanning; and directed the music video “Run” featuring Grammy-winning
artist Shannon Sanders. She has also produced and directed a number of short films
and documentaries for Nashville Film Festival’s “Livin’ Reel” At-Risk Youth Program, the
Nashville Civic Design Center, and Nissan Motor Company’s Diversity Initiative.

Listen HERE – On This Episode We Cover:

The Pitch Process

The Foundation You Need As A Filmmaker

Wearing the hat of Producer

Finding her way in Hollywood

Creative Process

Marketing yourself as a Storyteller

 

Connect

Carolyn McDonald https://digmevision.com/

The Creative Outsiders     http://www.shivawnmitchell.com

 

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