Christopher McDonell

Christopher McDonell

Soloshye Pictures
Director, Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

Vancouver, Canada

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About Christopher

Indie filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada
www.cleetche.com

In 1989, Christopher McDonell, nicknamed “Cleetche” by his high school classmates, successfully pitched his first film project SOLOSHYE to a local TV station in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario. Only 17-years-old, he would go on to write, direct, shoot and star in nine 44-minute episodes of the comedy sketch-series. He moved to British Columbia soon after, studied at the Vancouver Film School, and in 1995, found himself in West Africa shooting IN NEXT MAN COUNTRY, a 60-minute documentary about the plight of the Liberian refugees. In 2001, at the age of 29, Cleetche was living his dream, directing his first feature-film in the forests of Squamish on a budget of $1.5 MM. Based on his award-winning screenplay about a survivalist doomsday cult, TRIBE OF JOSEPH was produced in association with Telefilm Canada and broadcast by TMN, Movie Central and Showcase. He is now ready for a comeback with HAWKERS NEVER QUIT, a documovie that is 10-years in the making shot on location in Goa, India.

Unique traits: Lover of tennis, church and wife.

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  • Hawkers Never Quit

    Hawkers Never Quit (2018)
    Film (Documentary) Director "Come look my shop! Very cheap, okay. Something for ten rupees. Have a look!"She wakes up in the dark of morning and works all day under the blistering sun. She pursues 'good luck' from a first sale, hustling tourists to buy clothes and jewelry from her tiny shop facing the Arabian sea. She competes with older girls who are equally aggressive, borrows from loan sharks to pay off her debts, and faces a beating if she fails to meet the seasonal sales-quota set by her bossman, all for a pittance of a wage. Her parents are illiterate and don't work; her father, an alcoholic. Her name is Shilpa, she's the primary breadwinner of her family of seven... and she's nine years old... Belonging to a community of semi-nomadic tribal people, she migrates year after year to a hippie-lovers' beach in Goa, seeking a better fortune at the hands of pleasure-seeking travellers. Her dream is to go to school. And after 3 years of following her story through periodic trips, while uncovering the arduous ...

  • When We Rise

    When We Rise (2017)
    Television (Drama) Location management A dramatization of the real life San Francisco centered fight for LGBT rights from 1972 to 2015 is presented, the LGBT community which arguably has had the most numerous organized campaigns against them of any minority group to suppress those rights in the United States during that time period. It focuses on the advocacy and other supportive work of four individuals, Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Diane Jones and Ken Jones, whose experiences focus on different aspects of the issue. Cleve's story focuses primarily on the political and legislative fight for gay and ultimately LGBT rights. Roma's story focuses primarily on her fight for women's rights, especially safe places for women, within that where she as a lesbian fits, ultimately a fight for universal health care in San Francisco, and her personal relationships particularly with Diane. Beyond that relationship with Roma, Diane's story focuses on her work as a nurse in caring for AIDS patients, and her want as a lesbian to have a child. ... Written by Huggo

  • Shut In

    Shut In (2016)
    Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Location management A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.

  • Ties That Bind

    Ties That Bind (2015)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Family) Location management "Detective McLean" revolves around Allison McLean (Kelli Williams), a tough and experienced police detective, mother and wife in suburban Seattle. When she and her police partner (Dion Johnstone) must arrest her brother (Luke Perry) for aggravated assault, her world drastically changes as he's convicted and sent to prison, leaving his two teenagers teetering on the brink of foster care. Ultimately, she takes them into her home, ending up with four teenagers to raise as well as her demanding job solving local crimes. Written by Reel One Entertainment

  • Beeba Boys

    Beeba Boys (2015)
    Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Location management Beeba Boys: a ferocious, adrenaline-charged Indo Canadian gang war, and a violent clash of culture and crime. Gang leader Jeet Johar and his young, loyal, and often-brutal crew dress like peacocks, love attention, and openly compete with an old style Indo crime syndicate to take over the Vancouver drug and arms scene. Blood is spilled, hearts are broken, and family bonds shattered as the Beeba Boys ("Good Boys") do anything "to be seen and to be feared" in a white world.

  • Air

    Air (2015)
    Film (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Location management In the near future, breathable air is nonexistent. Virtually all of humanity has disappeared and those chosen to reestablish society reside in a controlled state of suspended animation. Two engineers (Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) tasked with guarding the last hope for mankind struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while administering to their vital task at hand. Written by Vertical Entertainment

  • If I Stay

    If I Stay (2014)
    Film (Drama, Fantasy, Music and Romance) Location management Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Written by Warner Bros.

  • No Clue

    No Clue (2013)
    Film (Comedy and Crime) Location management In Canada, a woman named Kyra goes to the office of the middle-aged clumsy salesman Leo Falloon by mistake believing that he is a private detective. She hires him to help her to find her missing brother Milles Severeign and Leo is so spellbound by the blonde that he does not tell her that he is not who she is looking for. Leo decides to pose as a private detective and he gets involved in a complicated scheme of computer game corporations seeking high profits. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Secret Liaison

    Secret Liaison (2013)
    TV Movie (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Location management Los Angeles based lawyer Samantha Simms rushes back to her hometown of Seattle when she learns that her sister Brenda Simms has been charged with the murder of Trevor Smith, a computer techie and recent boyfriend until Brenda discovered that he was married. There is some strain between the sisters, Sam, the overprotective one who left Seattle five years ago to pursue her career to provide for their ailing mother better, with Brenda the irresponsible one who felt abandoned to care for their mother alone who has since passed. Sam finds that there is a mountain of circumstantial evidence against Brenda, including how she can afford to live in a grand suburban house on her events planner salary. Sam can also see that beyond the strain between the two of them, Brenda is hiding something from her out of what looks to be plain fear, and not just because she may be convicted of murder. Along for the ride is Sam's ex-boyfriend, now SPD Detective Brad Mortensen, who still has feelings for her. ... Written by Huggo

  • Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story

    Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (2013)
    TV Movie (Biography, Crime and Drama) Location management The quiet, affluent suburb of Delmar, New York, was considered anything but dangerous...until 21-year-old Chris Porco was accused of brutally murdering his father Peter and disfiguring his mother Joan in a savage ax attack, a claim made all the more shocking when the case's lead detective Joe Sullivan believed Joan had identified Chris as her attacker. Weeks after the crime, however, Joan would refute Detective Sullivan's story, while the town of Delmar and many of Chris' former friends and girlfriends would also rally to his defense, despite Sullivan's fierce mission to prove his guilt. Prosecutors believed that beneath Chris' picture-perfect facade was a greedy and cunning sociopath who would stop at nothing to keep his lies hidden. In the end, he was convicted of second-degree murder of his father, but many in the town of Delmar firmly believe that the prosecution rushed to judgment and the jury wrongfully convicted an innocent young man. Written by Anonymous

  • Finding Mr. Right

    Finding Mr. Right (2013)
    Film (Comedy) Location management City girl Jiajia is traveling to Seattle to give birth to the son who's going to help her win over her rich, married boyfriend. Armed with his unlimited credit card and the singular goal of bringing a little U.S. citizen back to Beijing, Jiajia knows how to play this game of modern love. But when Jiajia arrives in Seattle, the city which inspired her favorite movie Sleepless in Seattle, nothing goes right: she's stuck sharing a small house with two other pregnant ladies, she has trouble reaching her boyfriend on the phone, and eventually, even the credit card stops working. To top that off, the only person willing to spend time with her is her driver Frank. Frank is the opposite of everything she ever wanted in a man... or could he be exactly the kind of guy she really needs? Written by Se7enboy7

  • The Christmas Consultant

    The Christmas Consultant (2012)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Location management A sought-after holiday consultant is hired by a workaholic mother to get her family through the holidays.

  • Once Upon a Time

    Once Upon a Time (2012)
    Television (Adventure, Fantasy and Romance) Location management For Emma Swan, life has been anything but a happy ending. But when she's reunited with Henry - the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago - on the night of her 28th birthday, everything changes. The now 10-year-old Henry is in desperate need of Emma's help because he believes from reading a book of fairytales that she's the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming - who sent her away from the Enchanted Forest to be protected from a curse that was enacted by the Evil Queen. Emma initially refuses to believe a word of Henry's story but soon finds that his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine is more than it seems. Because it's in Storybrooke that all of the classic characters we know are frozen in time with no memories of their former selves - except for the Evil Queen, who is Storybrooke's mayor and Henry's adoptive mother Regina Mills. Now, as the epic "Final Battle" for the future of both worlds approaches, Emma will have to accept her destiny and uncover the mystery behind a place ...

  • Donovan's Echo

    Donovan's Echo (2011)
    Film (Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Location management A series of uncanny déjà vu events force a man to re-examine his tragic past, memory, instinct, and future.

  • Ramona and Beezus

    Ramona and Beezus (2010)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Miscellaneous Crew Ramona Quimby, is a grade-school student with a big imagination. So big, in fact, that she often clashes with her no-nonsense teacher Mrs. Meacham. When Ramona's upbeat dad Robert loses his job, the family - including her teenage sister, Beezus, and their practical-minded mother - must make major adjustments, like dad learning how to run the house. Ramona dreams up various plans to make money so that she can save their house, but because everybody in the family seems too preoccupied to help her with her own worries, she turns to the one person who always has time for her, Aunt Bea. But even Aunt Bea is distracted these days because of her ex-boyfriend - and Quimby family next-door neighbour - Hobart Written by Lesley M. Sweeting

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body (2009)
    Film (Comedy and Horror) Location management Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy Lesnicki, and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer Check are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy's male classmates are steadily killed in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend Chip. Written by The Massie Twins

  • Riddles of the Sphinx

    Riddles of the Sphinx (2008)
    TV Movie (Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Location management An astronomer and a cryptographer uncover a series of ancient tunnels, unwittingly unleashing a deadly Sphinx. In order to trap the Sphinx back in its tomb and stop impending destruction, our explorers must solve a series of complicated and possibly deadly riddles. Written by Frankie

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
    TV Movie (Action, Adventure, Family and Sci-Fi) Location management Set in the late 1870's - A woman hires an anthropologist/adventurer to track down her husband, who has disappeared while searching for an elusive passage to the center of the earth. Written by Anonymous

  • Martian Child

    Martian Child (2007)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Family) Location management What's the nature of being a parent and of being a child? David is a widower grieving for two years. He writes science fiction and was considered weird as a boy. He meets Dennis, a foster child who claims to be on a mission from Mars, stays in a large box all day, fears sunlight, and wears a belt of flashlight batteries so he won't float away. David takes the six-year-old home on a trial. His sister and his wife's best friend offer support, but the guys are basically alone to figure this out. Dennis takes things, is expelled, and is coached by David in being normal. Will the court approve the adoption, and will Dennis stay? Can a man become a father and a child become a son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • Juno

    Juno (2007)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Location management A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • Night at the Museum

    Night at the Museum (2006)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Location management In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Littleman

    Littleman (2006)
    Film (Comedy and Crime) Location management After leaving the prison, the dwarf criminal Calvin Sims joins to his moron brother Percy to steal an expensive huge diamond in a jewelry for the mobster Walken. They are chased by the police, and Calvin hides the stone in the purse of the executive Vanessa Edwards, whose husband Darryl Edwards wants to have a baby. Percy convinces Calvin to dress like a baby and be left in front of the Edwards's house to get inside the house and retrieve the diamond. Darryl and Vanessa keep Calvin for the weekend and decide to adopt him, while Walken threatens Darryl to get the stone back. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • A Little Thing Called Murder

    A Little Thing Called Murder (2006)
    TV Movie (Comedy and Drama) Location management Sante Kimes found a rich man, Ken, but he wasn't dumb enough to marry her. So her son Kenny Jr. isn't co-heir with his step-siblings. However the boy is made her accomplice in an endless series of shameless crimes, from shoplifting to elaborate scams. After her four year jail term, Kenny is unable to escape her clasp again. When his father dies, he's dragged along throughout the US as an 'enforcer' for even more daring crimes, as she's determined to avoid jail - by murdering dangerous witnesses. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Bad Girls from Valley High

    Bad Girls from Valley High (2005)
    Film (Comedy) Location management Danielle is the leader of a clique of arrogant, mean high school girls; she and her rich friends Tiffany and Brooke care only about their pampered selves (although Brooke has periodic misgivings). No one really hangs out with them except a dumb jock named Gavin, and the class nerd Jonathan, and poor Danielle is getting nowhere with the popular guy Drew, even after she and friends accidentally killed his last girlfriend. It's been a year, and Drew still ignores her - but he doesn't ignore the new foreign exchange student Katarina. Since Katarina can't take a hint, Danielle begins plotting her downfall. But there's a slight problem: Danielle and her friends begin experiencing a level of high weirdness in which all three of them rapidly age. This serves to make Danielle more desperate than ever. She'll sacrifice anything, even Drew, to get her youth and looks back. Written by Anonymous

  • Tribe of Joseph

    Tribe of Joseph (2002)
    Film (Adventure and Drama) Director Filmed within the untamed wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, "Tribe of Joseph" is the engrossing story of a wayward preacher who believes he's been prophetically called to restore the Twelve Tribes of Jacob, and the eldest of his kidnapped 'children' who eventually questions his zeal. Written by anonymous

  • Marine Life

    Marine Life (2000)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Location management Marine Life revolves around the choatic family life of June, a middle-aged lounge singer and mother. June is trying to hold on to her career, her beauty, her children and her most recent love, Robert - a tender but slightly confused younger man. To escape the world, June makes frequent trips through the car wash, singing her heart out. June's twelve year old daughter Adele - an amazingly mature adolescent surrounded by amazingly adolescent adults - tries to make sense of the emotional upheaval surrounding her. Within her weird extended family, Adele learns about loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness and what to expect from love. Written by arvi

  • Suspicious River

    Suspicious River (2000)
    Film (Drama) Location management A young, married motel receptionist in a small town sells her body to motel guests, but not just for money. This dangerous other life leads her to a male version of herself, who takes her to the extreme edge, the same place her mother had been before but did not survive. Written by Anonymous

  • Beautiful Joe

    Beautiful Joe (2000)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Location management In the Bronx, Joe, an Irish good guy, gets bad news twice the same day: he has a brain tumor and his wife wants a divorce, saying he's dull and lacks adventure. With her father's blessing, Joe takes off for adventures in the weeks before risky surgery. In Louisville, he's latched onto by Hush, a talkative belle with two kids, big debts to a nasty bookie, and few prospects. Even after she steals his wallet, Joe offers temporary help, bonds with her kids, and faces down the bookie. Soon Hush, Joe, and the kids are on the run toward Vegas. The bookie's on their tail, so are some Bronx bad guys, cancer lurks, Hush has her gambling jones, and the kids want stability. Can this work out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • Bad Moon

    Bad Moon (1996)
    Film (Horror) Miscellaneous Crew One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and endangering all he holds most dear, the family dog, Thor, is the last hope for his family's survival... and the end to his Werewolf curse. Written by Grey Coyote <greycoyote@geocities.com>

  • The X-Files

    The X-Files (1994)
    Television (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully work in an unassigned detail of the bureau called the X-Files investigating cases dealing with unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder, a true believer, and Scully, a skeptic, perceive their cases from stand points of science and the paranormal. Written by ZachMichalik

  • Somewhere Between

    Somewhere Between
    Television (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Location management A mother tries to change the fate of her 8 year old daughter, as she knows where, when and how she's murdered, but doesn't know who kills her and why.

Awards

  • Praxis Centre For Screenwriters
    (1995)

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