I am a filmmaker and photographer with a Navajo and Scottish/English/French/German background. My love for film began at age 8 after my mom's decision to go back to get her master's degree in filmmaking at Regent University in Virginia Beach. It was then I began making movies for fun with my friends and it's been my passion ever since. A storyteller at heart, I started my film and photography company, Goodluck Productions and Designs in 2013 to help tell my own and clients' stories in a uniquely powerful and beautiful way. I work mostly in narrative and documentary film format, as well as with promotional video content. I have also incorporated portrait and event photography in the past few years.
I graduated with a B.A. in film at College of Santa Fe in 2007. My my past film resume includes:
- HIKE THE DIVIDE feature documentary (editing)
- A HOME AWAY FROM HOME feature documentary (directing, producing, editing)
- QUEEN ANNE'S LACE - feature narrative by my sister Emilie McDonald (editing & cinematography)
- JOURNEY TO MOTHER INDIA - feature documentary (directing, producing, editing; post production still in progress)
- THE 39TH PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS TV show (production)
- THE PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS TV show (production)
- THE GRAMMY AWARDS TV show (art department)
- THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS TV show (art department)
- JERSEY SHORE reality TV series (post production)
- YOHAN: THE CHILD WANDERER feature narrative (costume department)
- PLANET GREEN: RENOVATION NATION reality TV series (production)
- DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU and LATENT POWERS short narratives (co-director with Erin Fisher; both airing on HBO Family Channel)
Most recently, I created and lead a filmmaking after school program for Native American high school students at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon for two consecutive years (2017-2018). Out of that program we produced a feature documentary called A HOME AWAY FROM HOME (post production currently still in progress), and a short narrative comedy A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CHEMAWA.
I currently serve as a board secretary on Jim Pepper Native Arts Council and I have helped create PSA video content for their annual festival.
In 2017 I lead a week long documentary filmmaking camp for Native American Youth at THRIVE Conference in Portland, Oregon producing a short doc about the balance to hold onto Native tradition while also living in the modern world.
I served as a filmmaker mentor for Native American youth in The Superfly Filmmaking Experience in Seattle, WA in 2013-2014 (part of Seattle International Film Festival) and for Paper Rocket Productions' filmmaking workshop on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, NM in 2015.
When I am not working on film or photography you can usually find me exploring the world, hiking, biking, writing, drinking coffee and spending time with my husband, family and two kitties. <3