Writer, Director, Producer, Narrator
When not spinning corporate “stories” for Fortune
1000 clients or innovative start-ups, Donna thrives on storytelling
through documentaries as an independent producer. She is
an award-winning and nominated producer/writer on several
Her documentaries have been seen on Showtime, PBS and film
festivals around the world.
Donna's most recent success was as producer and writer for
the independently produced documentary, The Butch Mystique
winner of San Francisco’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Best Short
Audience Award. The Butch Mystique exposes the rules, thoughts,
passions, and concerns of African American butch-stud identified
lesbians. Women from varying backgrounds – mothers,
activists, artists – share raw, powerful and intimate
thoughts on being outside the norm, being powerful butch
and being themselves.
Vanishing Link is the story of Donna’s spiritual return
to the Kiowa Way, the life path of her Plains Indian tribe.
Vanishing Link chronicles her quest to preserve the stories
of the Kiowa
tribe through the voices of the Kiowa Elders, the teachers
of the Kiowa Way.
Donna learned the Kiowa culture in the traditional way, from
her grandfather and his sisters. Their shared stories, songs and
art instilled within her a burning desire to share the Kiowa culture
and spiritual insights. That desire never left Donna even while
she lived and worked in the American mainstream, in the heart
of Silicon Valley.
Donna supplemented her inside perspective of the Kiowas with
years of reading and researching all that has been written
of the Kiowas. Donna has invested numerous personal hours
to aid in the preservation of the Kiowa history through interviewing
and videotaping Elders in the tribe. She has videotaped Elders
sharing stories, songs and crafts on camera for the first
time. The process of educating others about the way of the
has transformed Donna to the student once again. Through
developing Vanishing Link, Donna has learned the value and