The Filmmaker

John McDonald, Producer/Director/Cinematographer, has been a filmmaker for the past 35 years and established his production company, John McDonald Productions Inc., in 1980. The company has produced award­‐winning projects for industry, education and television as a full­‐service provider.

John is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the International Documentary Association, and received a degree in Cinema from USC, where he made Cotton Eyed Joe, a globally recognized documentary that made the Oscar’s shortlist.

Later, he shot the Oscar­‐nominated short documentary, SQUIRES of San Quentin.

His award-winning feature­‐length documentary The Ghost Mountain Experiment aired on KQED’s Truly CA series and on the CBC’s national Documentary series. Its festival run included Telluride MountainFilm, Big Sky, Cinequest, MountainFilm (Trento), Sedona, and the international environmental film festivals in Washington, D.C. and Rome.

On The Day, shot in Scotland, Canada, and the U.S., was released theatrically in 53 theatres across Canada, aired on the CBC’s national Bold series in 2011 and is distributed in the U.S. by American Public Television.

In 2015 John completed the feature documentary, Pipes & Sticks on Route 66, which had nationwide theatrical releases in Canada and Scotland.