The professional and creative work of David McDonald
David McDonald began his career as a journalist, then became an advertising copywriter, then moved into television production and documentary filmmaking. His short films have appeared on the websites of CNN, The NY Times, and Time Magazine. Most recently, McDonald has segued into playwriting, writing the play "Ella The Ungovernable," about 15 year-old Ella Fitzgerald's incarceration and eventual escape from The New York Training School For Girls in Hudson, NY, in 1933. That play had been slated to do the month of September, 2020, at Greenwich Village's Theater For The New City before the pandemic postponed it. In the meantime, McDonald is still taking on freelance copywriting, promotional and video production jobs. You can email him at: email@example.com
This recent video by David McDonald discusses our responsibility to each other as human beings during the pandemic. Its ultimate solution: love.
"Ella The Ungovernable" was originally written as a film script about 15 year-old Ella Fitzgerald's incarceration and eventual escape from The NY Training School For Girls in Hudson, NY, in 1933. After unsuccessfully trying to raise $100,000 to film the play in Hudson, that project was then turned into a theatrical production, debuting right before the pandemic at The Valatie Community Theatre in Valatie, NY. It was due to also appear at Theater For The New City in Greenwich Village.
Promotional video on behalf of The Olana Partnership and Columbia-Memorial Hospital.
Clip from a documentary we did on the history of American advertising on behalf of The American Association of Advertising Agencies (The 4As) featuring advertising icon Colleen DeCourcy.
Promotional video for the city of Hudson, NY, that was featured in The NY Times.
"Chagall In Flight" is a screenplay by David McDonald that focuses on Marc Chagall's time in New York State in the mid-1940s as a refugee from The Second World War.
Promotional Video for Milea Estate Vineyards and the wine growers of The Hudson River Region.
This promotional video we made for the city of Kingston, NY, The O Positive Festival and Chronogram Magazine precipitated Kingston's recent revival. It was on Chronogram's home page for about five years.
"Ella The Ungovernable" is a play written by David McDonald based on 15 year-old Ella Fitzgerald's incarceration and eventual escape from Hudson, NY's, Training School For Girls in 1933. This video, as narrated by Philip Grant, explains the goals and accomplishments of the project so far, starting with auditions and rehearsals that commenced in Hudson, NY, in June, 2019.
This is a clip from my recently-released, feature-length documentary, "The Mystery Of Creativity," which explores the connections between creativity and spirituality. In this clip, I discuss how an eight year-old boy got turned on to art and how that impacted his life.
This was David McDonald's first-ever film. The film is an allegory for the rise and fall of the American counterculture and foreshadowed the rise of authoritarianism in The U.S.
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