Mackenzie Donaldson - The Worst They'll Ever Say is No
Mackenzie (Macky) Donaldson is a Toronto and Los Angeles based director, producer and writer. She recently finished producing her first feature documentary, Citizen Bio (see the trailer), about biohackers aka citizen-driven biomedical research. It premiere's on Showtime October 30th. She is actively involved in The Producer Pledge and Impact. Macky and I talk about the importance of getting more minorities and people of color telling their stories in the film industry, the microchip that's been inserted in her hand, emulating her father and being aware of death in everyday life, her daily routines and work as a producer, what to do when at a crossroads, the importance of saying yes to everything early in your career, how she's now trying to focus in her 30's, the pressure and balance of biological clocks and wanting children, and how to ask for what you want. Find Macky as @mackiegd on Twitter and Instagram.
Recently released, Mackenzie just finished producing the first season of Snowpiercer for TNT/HBO Max, also available on Netflix. Named “One to Watch” by Playback’s Top 5 in 2015 and a 2016 TIFF Emerging Canadian Filmmaker, Mackenzie is most well known for her work producing the critically acclaimed; Emmy, Peabody and CSA award-winning; and Golden Globe nominated show Orphan Black. Mackenzie executively produced the award-winning digital series Whatever, Linda, which she is now adapting into an hour long TV drama for Bell Media, through her production company The Donaldson Company. It will be Executively Produced by her producing partner Graeme Manson. She released her first feature film, and directorial debut, The Definites- here's the trailer -in 2017 through Mongrel Media and Turn Key Films. She has directed and produce multiple other short films - too many to put here!
Photo cred: Daniel Hewett
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