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Dantia MacDonald

Dantia MacDonald

Documentary Film and Video

About

Dantia MacDonald received her BA in English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Following graduation, Dantia worked as a grant-writer and manager at the Upward Bound Program and later moved to Prague, Czech Republic, to help administer the regional Fulbright Program. She has taught English at Prague's Charles University and video production at a television station in Ohio. Dantia recently co-directed a documentary about the shunting of Roma (Gypsy) children into Czech schools for the mentally disabled.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:

The Association for Educational Communications & Technology Award for Excellence in Media Production, 2002

Our Lady

digital video

JUNE, 2003
VIDEO DURATION: 15:04 MIN.
Our Lady is a journey piece about the Virgin Mary.  Through meeting different people and discussing with them their connections to the Virgin Mary, the filmmaker explores her own complex relationship with the Catholic Church.

My Brother Anton

16mm color film

JUNE, 2002
VIDEO DURATION: 7 MIN.

This personal film chronicles the filmmaker's relationship with her younger brother, focusing on the first year he became ill with schizophrenia. The film is told in an experiential abstract manner using images of bugs and birds to tell most of the story.


Universal B-Boy

digital video

Co-directed by Alison Nicole Stewart
MARCH, 2002
VIDEO DURATION: 9:30 MIN.
This film is a portrait of Matt Burgos, a fifteen year-old Filipino American hip-hopper. The film follows Matt as he hones his breakdancing, spinning, flowing, and graffiti skills in a quest to become a Universal B-Boy.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Excellence in Media Production, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2002
Honorable Mention--Documentary Short, Oakland International Film Festival, 2003
US ASEAN Film and Photography Festival, 2003
Stanford Student Film Festival, 2002

STAR

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2001
VIDEO DURATION: 3:30 MIN.

A film about Russell Reece, a retired Navy officer, and his work with STARS, the Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors.