Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Tom Donahue

Donahue’s latest feature documentary, Thank You For Your Service premiered at DOC NYC in November 2015. An examination of failed mental health policy in the U.S. military, it was called “gut wrenching and important” by The New York Times. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “If this film cannot spur politicians to act, nothing will.” A CreativeChaos vmg production, TYFYS was produced in association with the Sprayregen Family Foundation and Regina K. Scully & Artemis Rising Foundation (The Invisible War), and opened theatrically in October 2016 via Gathr Films.

Donahue’s Emmy-nominated HBO feature documentary, Casting By was hailed as one of the top five documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review and described as “outstanding!” by legendary critic Leonard Maltin. It won the 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary of the Year from the National Alliance of Women in Media. With interviewees including Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Diane Lane, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford, Casting By premiered at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, played in over 50 festivals worldwide and has been released in over 35 countries. In 2013, as a result of pressure from the film’s release on HBO, the Academy created a branch for casting directors.

Donahue also recently directed the feature documentary, Davi’s Way and is producing a HBO documentary in association with Impact Partners entitled Bleed Out. Other directorial works by Donahue include the feature documentary, Guest of Cindy Sherman, and he has produced several film projects including, Man Push Cart (Official Selection, Sundance 2006 and Venice 2006, Nick Sandow’s Ponies and the feature documentary, Highway Courtesans, which had its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, and its U.S. premiere at SxSW. In 2003, Donahue produced and edited Alfredo de Villa’s acclaimed debut feature, Washington Heights, winner of five Best Picture awards at festivals worldwide. He also has extensive experience as a creator, producer, director and editor in television.