Donna Williams of DWD Filmworks, is an independent filmmaker in Vancouver, BC, Canada with a documentary Speak For Me about HIV & AIDS in development. Donna was creator, co-producer, co-writer and production designer of the WordLoveWorldLove documentary connecting Canadian children with young Sri Lankan survivors of the 2004 tsunami. Selected as Best Documentary, 2007 KIDSFIRST! International Film Festival, Best Editing, Houston International Film Festival, the film opened the Calgary International Film Festival, CIDA Beyond Borders Program. The one hour film produced for broadcast and educational markets aired on TVO, MChannel and NTV and is in distribution with the National Film Board of Canada, Amazon Prime Gaia, and Avanti Pictures Corporation.
Donna’s focus is to advocate for children regarding social justice issues through immersive film, interactive exhibitry and creative storytelling. The mission facilitates children empowering children to engage as local and global citizens in building a kinder, more peaceful future, through their words, art and film. The WordLoveWorldLove Project documentary series was established in 2007 by DWD Media Inc. with WordLoveAfrica and is being redeveloped to create new initiatives to connect children globally.
The Vancouver Film School production of steps, a skateboard film about tolerance, was her debut film as producer/director/writer, selected for the 2005 Women in Film (WIF) Summer Shorts. Co-directing Hope 20, a film on housing the homeless for More than Roof, MCC Social Housing Society in 2004 was followed by a WIF Mentorship Award.
Over a decade of studio credits include Assistant Art Director of TV Series Outer Limits(1997-2000) and Stargate Atlantis (2006-2007), and Set Designer for feature films including I Robot, Final Destination II and A Very Merry Muppet Christmas.
A graduate of the School of Architecture, University of British Columbia; School of Fine Arts, University of Windsor and a Sheridan College/Fashion Canada Scholarship recipient, her extensive education and experience informs the impact of art in influencing lives. Professional accreditation includes NCIDQ Interior Design Certification.
Most recently as Assistant Manager of the Granville Island flagship location of Ten Thousand Villages, the Fair Trade social enterprise of MCC, Donna represented the artwork of artisans in twenty eight developing countries in combatting generational poverty through establishing a sustainable livelihood of dignity.
DWD filmworks Inc., an independent film collaborative, provides the platform to produce documentaries engaging children in advocacy through the arts. Experiencing the reality of another through film, presents opportunities to celebrate or challenge representations and portray engaging stories with powerful visual examples in the language of inclusivity, diversity and equality.