John McDonald

MULE: Living on the Outside
Director/Cinematographer

John McDonald, Producer/Director/Cinematographer, has been a filmmaker for the past 35 years and established his production company 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. He 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. His feature documentary, 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 was distributed in the U.S. by American Public Television.  In 2015, his feature documentary, Pipes & Sticks on Route 66, received a nationwide Canadian theatrical release.  For the last five years John has been making MULE: Living on the Outside, a feature documentary about a 70-year-old man who has been roaming the western U.S. with his pack mules for over three decades, fighting to maintain his nomadic lifestyle in today's mechanized world.