Rachel McDonald

Production Company: Tool
Website: Website

Rachel spent the initial years of her film career working un-der heralded filmmakers like Frank Darabont, Nancy Meyers, and Clint Eastwood. With an unfettered enthusiasm for her craft, she treated these years like a Masters in film and has since honed her style as an intuitive and fiercely visionary director in her own right. She transitioned into directing with an award-winning short documentary about gorilla conservation and tourism filmed in Uganda. In 2014, she directed her first narrative short film, “Thirst,” starring Melanie Griffith. “Thirst” was nominated for the Golden Pardino at the Locarno International Film Festival and won at the Emerging Cinematographer’s Awards. Working in both the American and Canadian markets, Rachel has directed spots for Motorola, e.l.f. Cosmetics, Pampers, West Elm, Nick Fouquet, Special Olympics, and Maple Leaf. When Rachel’s not on set, you’ll find her stealing waves at Breakwater, where she considers herself a “local.”