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Donna Carter

Donna Carter

Documentary Film and Video


Donna Carter is a recovering skeptic who is celebrating her fifth minute of sobriety. Before earning a master's from Stanford's documentary program in 1999, she spent eight years writing news and sports for avariety of papers including the Los Angeles Times and the Denver Post in Colorado where she concentrated on professional men's and women's basketball. At the Post, she created FOCUS - the only women's sports page in the nation (1997). She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in broadcast journalism and was a member of USC's national championship women's basketball team.

To Cloak the Earth

digital video

JUNE, 1999

A documentary which chronicles the passion of Berkeley fabric artist Louise Todd Cope to unite people around the world by enlisting them to make prayer shawls painted and stitched with their hopes for the planet as part of a mass millennial ritual.

Too Close to Home

16mm color film

JUNE, 1998

A unabashed study of the generational cycle of child sexual abuse as seen through the eyes of three individuals who have experienced it: a white, middle-class lesbian therapist who counsels other victims of abuse; ablack, working-class teacher's aid and mother of two daughters; the daughter of the teacher's aid who was abused by her grandfather.

Feel That Rhythm


MARCH, 1998

An exploration into the origins of stepping - a community-building performance ritual of synchonized dancing, chanting, stomping and clapping that is part of life among black fraternities and sororities.


16mm black and white film

5 MIN.
A delightful live-action and animated short with poetry that chronicles the struggles and rewards that befall a lesbian devotion to sport as a young girl through adulthood.
Distributed by Frameline

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Documentary Short Film, OUTFEST Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Los Angeles, 1999
Winner, 4th Annual IN THE LIFE Short Film & Video Awards Competition (Broadcast nationally in August on PBS stations as part of their series"Lights! Camera! Activism IV!) 
Women in the Director's Chair, San Francisco Int'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Reel Affirmations
Outfest, Los Angeles Int'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
FreeSpeech TV
Alternate Vision
St. Louis Int'l Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Imaginaria (Bologna, Italy)
Oslo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Norway)
Vision Arte (Mexico City, Mx.)
Festival de Films Gays et Lesbiens de Paris