Don Downie is a director who creates films, television, digital content, and commercials.
A native of Detroit and a self-taught filmmaker, Don first picked up a camera in 2004 — within a year, he was working professionally in TV, eventually racking up camera credits on shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Biggest Loser, CHOPPED, Innovation Nation, and Nat Geo’s Brain Games.
Don wrote and directed Pepper and the Salt Sea, a magical realism short film about a photographer and a mermaid in post-Sandy Brooklyn. It premiered in the summer of 2015. Festival Screenings include the Woods Hole Film Festival, Golden Door Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, and Red Hook Film Festival, where it won the Spirit of Red Hook Award.
Don’s short screenplay Adultnapped was the First Runner Up at the 2015 DC Shorts Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and was a finalist in the Screencraft Short Film Fund Competition.
Don and his partners founded Small Media Extra Large in 2008 to produce independent films, digital content, and commercials. Through SMXL, he created the ground-breaking web series podOpera Brooklyn, the pilot Exit Strategy for TeenNick, and commercial projects for Allstate, Leinenkugel’s, Toyota, Kia, the NFL, and Citi, amongst many others.
“On a good day, making films is an invitation to make an audience feel more, think more, and have a good time. On a really good day, we might change somebody’s life. How awesome is that?”