Rachel McDonald is an award-winning director with an adept sensitivity to her subjects. Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, she absorbed the rhythms of storytelling from a young age, giving her an innate curiosity that continues to drive her exploration of the world and its stories.

Rachel got her start on feature films working for acclaimed directors Frank Darabont, Nancy Meyers, and Clint Eastwood. She has since made her mark as a commercial director with notable campaigns for Facebook, Microsoft, IKEA, HP, BMW, Ford, and the Grammys. Her “Behind the Post” PSA for the One Love Foundation earned multiple awards including a Cannes Lion and continues to be used as part of the organization’s curriculum for recognizing and preventing relationship abuse. In addition to commercials, Rachel has also written and directed multiple award-winning short films including “Thirst” starring Melanie Griffith and documentary short “Uganda: Friends of the Gorilla.”

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