Donald Martin is a writer and producer, based in L.A. In 2010, he received Canada’s Margaret Collier Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gemini Awards. In 2002, he received Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2001, he was the recipient of the inaugural Gemini Humanitarian Award. He was nominated for a 1996 Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Writer’s Guild Award for his feature film Never Too Late, starring Olympia Dukakis and Cloris Leachman. His adaptation of Eckhart Tolle’s book Milton’s Secret, starring Donald Sutherland and Michelle Rodriguez, had its World Premiere at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival and was released worldwide by Momentum Pictures. His film Toto was shot in Manila in 2015 and has won awards at festivals around the world. Dim Sum Funeral (HBO Films, 2008), which he wrote and executive produced, played at a dozen major international festivals and won numerous awards. His feature film Shackles (Sony) stars D. L. Hughley in his dramatic debut and had its World Premiere at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
Martin has written the upcoming WW2 feature Crescendo for producer Gale Anne Hurd, with Klaus Haro (The Fencer) attached to direct. For producer Todd Black at Escape Artists (Sony), Martin has written the feature Masterpiece, with Al Pacino attached to star.
In television, Martin has over 50 produced movies and mini-series to his credit, many of them having won major awards around the world.