Carolyn McDonald continues to expand her creative spectrum in media + storytelling. After completing the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media + Entertainment’s inaugural Podcasting Certificate Program, she has leapt into the audio storytelling universe by developing her own podcast “The Is”, and helping others ‘alchemize’ their audio stories into film + TV projects — as well as helping filmmakers adapt their scripts to podcasts. She’s presently adapting the book “The Azusa Street Mission + Revival” into an audio drama series for Thomas-Nelson’s Emanate Books.
Carolyn’s indie film + TV projects include executive producing, co-writing and directing P.N.O.K., a short film featuring Irma P. Hall, Danny Glover and Elle Fanning, executive producing Country artist Big Kenny Alphin’s (Big & Rich) documentary “Bearing Light” which aired on NatGeo, and directing the Shannon Sanders music video “Run”. While producing the Nashville Film Festival’s At-Risk Youth Initiative, comprised of music and films based on the lives of inner city teens, Carolyn directed the short film WHO’S REAL? for the program. She also produced and directed the documentary “Design Your Neighborhood” for the Nashville Civic Design Center; and produces and directs short profile documentaries for Nissan’s Diversity Initiatives.
While partner with Danny Glover at Carrie Productions, she executive produced the Emmy + Image Award-nominated TNT civil rights saga, FREEDOM SONG, written and directed by Oscar® nominee Phil Alden Robinson (FIELD OF DREAMS). Earlier at Carrie, Carolyn co-produced the critically acclaimed Western BUFFALO SOLDIERS and executive produced HBO’s Cable Ace and Image Award winning trilogy, AMERICA’S DREAM. Prior to joining Carrie, Carolyn 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.
Fresh out of NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program, Carolyn joined the East Coast advertising/publicity division of Warner Bros. Television in New York. There she ran buyer screenings and developed publicity campaigns for such films as THE ROAD WARRIOR, CHARIOTS OF FIRE and BLADE RUNNER, and conceived marketing strategies for the Warner Bros. cartoon catalogue.
She continues to expand her photography project “Nouns in the Road” which “chronicles the faces, places and spaces of her terrestrial quest.” Having had successful private shows in Los Angeles, the Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC, and galleries in Nashville, TN, Carolyn’s first photo journal “NOUNS IN THE ROAD, Vol. 1” is available on Blurb.com.
Adding author to her diverse creative disciplines, Carolyn wrote and published her ‘memoir in essays’, INFLUENTIA: 50 YEARS ON EARTH AS IT IS IN CAROLYN, available on Amazon.
A prolific screenwriter, Carolyn co-wrote the comedy RETURN OF THE SWEETBIRDS from her story for 20th Century Fox, Glynn Turman’s feature directorial debut, NONE SO BRUTAL, an array of her own works including the feature dramedys, ROCKET LOVE + BANJO MOON, and TV pilots BODY BY BRET + MEAN LOVE, as well as adaptation of Kim Cash Tate’s novel “The Color of Hope” for her own directorial debut.
Carolyn has been a consultant for the American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab and a mentor for FilmIndependent’s Project: Involve. She is an alumnus of Judith Weston’s Actor/Director Lab, and studied acting with Uta Hagen and Geraldine Page.
Carolyn also launched the consulting service DigMeVision, which offers entrepreneurial and marketing strategies for content creators.