Barbara McDonough, Director
A self-confessed music junkie, Barbara strives to fuse a passion for music with her love of film. She most recently worked alongside director Cameron Crowe as the Creative Producer and segment director on Pearl Jam Twenty, an archival documentary celebrating the band's twentieth anniversary, slated for a theatrical release 2011. Says Crowe: "She's uniquely visual, forever passionate about music, and her work is filled with heart."
She additionally worked with Pearl Jam directing Pearl Jam - Ten Revisited, a half hour television documentary exploring the band's rock masterpiece album, Ten, done in collaboration with Sony Legacy and Vh1.
She is currently in development with acclaimed music supervisor Danny Bramson on an episodic series on recording studios, entitled The Other Side of the Tracks.
Barbara divides her time on many creative endeavors and is interested in all aspects of storytelling. She wrote and directed California Stars, a film short featuring John Doe, Brian George, and Joel David Moore, and shot by world-renown director of photography, Ellen Kuras. This musically infused film was scored by the Minneapolis "supergroup", Golden Smog, with tracks ending up on Golden Smog's 2007 release of Blood on the Slacks. She is currently filming another self-written short, Side B, a love story to vinyl.
She made her directorial debut at MTV Networks and like fellow MTV alumni, her directorial approach was shaped through its widely inventive atmosphere. She directed numerous interviews and promos, featuring legendary musicians Joni Mitchell, BB King, Ray Davies, Iggy Pop, Grandmaster Flash, and Lou Reed among many. In 2000 she was recruited to join the directing roster of the international division of French-based Partizan Midi-Minuit, helmed by Michel Gondry. A decade later, she has directed a wide array of commercials, music videos and network campaigns, many with notable musicians, athletes, and actors - Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Leighton Meester, to name a few. In addition to the multitude of commercials, music videos, and personal work, she also directed a wide array of network promos and host segments, for TBS, NBC, VH-1, and the Sundance Channel.
An active supporter of humanitarian causes, she has directed several public service projects over the years, including spots for Women For Women International, AIDS awareness, The Kaiser Foundation, the Happy Hearts Fund, and the Museum of Tolerance.
Her work has been recognized by The New York Times, numerous trade publications and pop culture magazines, and has garnered her a variety of awards and nominations from the Art Directors Club, Cannes Lions, Promax, Creativity Magazine, Ad Critic, GLAAD, and inclusion in the Emmy Governor's Award given to MTV Networks in 1999.
An active member of the DGA, she has shot in locales all over the world and is comfortable shooting in a variety of genres and formats. Having been bi-coastal for years, she now resides in Los Angeles. Barbara is represented commercially by Looking Glass Films, and by International Creative Management for film, web and television projects.
ICM : Tom Marquardt (310) 550-4428