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Sheona McDonald

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Sheona McDonald, film director,

Sheona McDonald is a Canadian Screen Award-winning director, writer and producer based in West Vancouver. She made her first short film as a student at North Vancouver’s Capilano college. It was about author Rosalind MacPhee’s fight against breast cancer. She followed that production with Breaking the Cycle, exploring an Aboriginal man’s work to end domestic violence in his own life and the lives of people in his community. Her films explore deeply personal and emotion-charged topics, from Lifers: Stories from Prison, about men serving life sentences in Canadian prisons, to Capturing a Short Life, a look at families dealing with the tragic loss of an infant. She’s delved into lighter fare, too, with When Dreams Take Flight, about a group of students in Ontario who build a human-powered ornithopter – basically a giant, flapping plane. Her 2020 film Into Light is an NFB production selected to screen at Hot Docs 2021. We list her credits as a Director first.

Features & TV Movies:
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Lifers’ Stories from Prison (2000, short, documentary)
Documentary Bootcamp (2002, short, documentary)
Capturing a Short Life (2008, documentary)

Momentum (2010, short, documentary)
When Dreams Take Flight (2011, documentary)
Inside Her Sex (2014, documentary)

Into Light (2020)

TV Series:
Centre Stage Chronicles II (2001)
Ice Pilots NWT (2013)
Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH (2016)
Love It or List It Vancouver (2016, 2017)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Lifers’ Stories from Prison (2000, short, documentary)
Capturing a Short Life (2008, documentary)

Momentum (2010, short, documentary)
When Dreams Take Flight (2011, documentary)
Rise of the eSports Hero (2013, documentary)
Inside Her Sex (2014, documentary)

Into Light (2020)

TV Series:
Pyros (2012)

Credits as a Producer:
Lifers’ Stories from Prison (2000, short, documentary)
Documentary Bootcamp (2002, short, documentary)
Capturing a Short Life (2008, documentary)

Momentum (2010, short, documentary)
When Dreams Take Flight (2011, documentary)
Inside Her Sex (2014, documentary)

Into Light (2020)

TV Series:
Centre Stage Chronicles II (2001)
Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag (2012)