Byrd McDonald, Director

Byrd McDonald has written, lensed, directed and edited unique media stories for a range of clients, as well as a slew of art projects. Just recently, he completed his very first video installation for Fashion Week in New York City.

A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts by way of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, McDonald worked for Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme from 1994 to 1999, working in development and shepherding features from script to screen including Demme’s award-winning BELOVED (1997). McDonald was a founding producer of the HBO sponsored short film series Phat Shorts  from 1994-2000.  McDonald produced and directed the feature length documentary HAUNTERS, and in 2006, McDonald produced the award-winning feature FILM GEEK.  In 2007, McDonald was selected for the Sundance Producers’ Workshop with his screenplay COMING UP CLOSE.  Most recently, McDonald produced and co-edited the feature THE AUTEUR, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and is released through Cinetic Rights Management. McDonald’s film THE LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY shared the audience award at the Portland International Film Festival and continues to tour the international film circuit.

Sean P. Hutchinson, Producer

The storytelling bug first bit Sean Hutchinson after he liberated his parents’ Panasonic VHS camera from the depths of their bedroom closet in the late 80’s. Years later he would graduate with a master’s degree in film from Georgia State University where he apprenticed under Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Gary Moss.

Hutchinson has produced dozens of hours of programming for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Annenberg Foundation, the National Science Foundation and others, as well as several local segments on Oregon Public Broadcasting. WGBH/CPB recognized his work by selecting him as a fellow at the 2008 Producers Academy; the Bay Area Video Coalition also named him a fellow to the 2007 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. His 2010 contemporary Native Arts documentary, FOR THE GENERATIONS, remains in circulation nationally and ranks as a top five seller among Native Stories for Public Broadcasting.

Sean has worked as a raft guide, a print journalist, a bike courier, an animator and a youth soccer coach. He has served on the Kerns Neighborhood Association, Painted Sky, and Wordstock Boards.

Alan Winston, Editor

Inspired by 80’s blockbusters and the Claymation films of his childhood, Alan Winston founded his own filmmaking group at the age of 15, and has been making movies ever since.

A lifetime Oregonian, Alan discovered his area of expertise when he took an editing class at Oregon State University. Within a year, he was teaching the class, in charge of programming at the student TV station and producing his own show. It ran for sixty episodes over four seasons and allowed him to explore every format and genre imaginable. Alan developed skills in all areas of production, and, after graduation, continued his education via the NW Film Center’s certificate program.

During his professional career, Alan has worked in camera and sound departments, as on-camera talent, in picture and sound editing, and in effects and animation compositing. His work spans TV (GRIMM, LEVERAGE, THE TONIGHT SHOW), movies (UNTRACEABLE, THE RING 2, RESTLESS), music videos (Thom Yorke, Dandy Warhols, Vanilla Ice), and many nationally-televised commercials. He has produced 53 short films and 5 features, which have garnered 52 film festival selections, 13 festival awards, and 14 additional nominations.