Motion Picture Enterprises creates thought-provoking, cinematic stories for entertainment, education, and communications. With its network of accomplished artists and craftspeople, Motion Picture Enterprises develops and produces original stories, and provides video and digital services for clients who need custom content for target audiences.
Stories create an emotional experience.
People remember what they feel.
“I am a filmmaker who creates authentic, entertaining stories with specific perspectives. I believe in artistic collaboration, making a difference, and embracing new storytelling technologies and forms to delight audiences.”
Producer – Director – Writer
Cathleen MacDonald is the creator and writer-producer-director of the 26-part series, Working Animals (Discovery Canada, Animal Planet, Canal D and distributed worldwide) and the writer-producer-director of The Animal IQ Test (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet). Of her nine episodes of CBC’s Moving On, the episode, The Courage of Sharon won a Columbus Film Festival Award and was included in CBC’s entry for a Gemini nomination. Recently she was the producer-director of the 10-part digital series and digital art experience The Lost Museum (Creative Hub 1352). Prior to that she was the digital producer for the feature documentary The Divided Brain (Matter of Fact Media, CBC Documentary Channel), and she produced and directed the documentary Deescalate, with support from the Ontario Arts Council. She is currently producing and directing Kanakiyost with support from the Mississauga Arts Council.
Prior to founding Motion Picture Enterprises, Cathleen was the National Sales Manager for VEC Criterion Pictures, where she led a sales team and represented major producers Disney/Buena Vista, Columbia, Tri-Star, Universal, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Encyclopaedia Britannica, PBS, and Films Inc.
In addition to her creative work, Cathleen teaches filmmaking and distribution at workshops and as a guest lecturer, serves as a panelist for industry events, and is a juror for festivals and funders. She is the founder of Filmhive, a community-based collective that helps filmmakers develop their skills and independent projects. Cathleen has an Honors BFA in Film Production from York University, Toronto.