DWD Filmworks Profile
DWD Filmworks Inc. is an independent film studio based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, producing documentaries with a spotlight on the stories of children and youth as vehicles for their own advocacy in challenging social issues and influencing change. We are committed to facilitating and documenting their stories of determination and courage in the face of adversity, illustrating how they can affect change in their own lives and the lives of others. We hope to inspire children and adults alike to adventure into local and global communities through films that are built on the language of inclusivity, diversity and equality.
Classroom materials, teacher resources and documentary films are produced with teachers and educational professionals in coordination with applicable Learning Outcome Guidelines and Teacher’s Guides. The work is made available to our partner NGO’s and Charities.
The WordLoveWorldLove Project documentary series was established in 2007 by DWD Media Inc. The Project is being redeveloped to create new initiatives to connect children globally, including the WordLoveAfrica documentary.
Speak for Me, a documentary currently in development, gives voice to children and youth sharing their experience of living with or being affected by HIV.
Donna Williams is the Founder of DWD Filmworks Inc. independent film collaborative.
Donna Williams Bio
Donna Williams of DWD Filmworks, is an independent filmmaker with a documentary Speak for Me, about HIV currently in development. Donna’s focus is to advocate for children and youth regarding social justice issues through creative storytelling, immersive film and interactive exhibitry. The pursuit of independent film evolved with the intent to develop content that would challenge current issues, using the documentary form as a compelling vehicle of exploration and engagement. The goal is to inspire action and meaningful change through understanding.
Donna was creator, co-producer, co-writer and production designer of the WordLoveWorldLove documentary connecting Canadian children with young Sri Lankan survivors of the 2004 tsunami. The film was selected in 2007 as:
• BEST DOCUMENTARY/KIDSFIRST! International Film Festival
• BEST EDITING/Houston International Film Festival
• CIDA Beyond Borders Program/Calgary International Film Festival.
The one hour film produced for broadcast and educational markets aired on TVO, MChannel and NTV and is in distribution with the National Film Board of Canada and Amazon Prime Gaia via Avanti Pictures Corporation.
Studio film and TV industry credits include Assistant Art Director of TV Series Outer Limits (1997-2000) and Stargate Atlantis (2006-2007), and Set Designer for feature films including I Robot, Final Destination II and A Very Merry Muppet Christmas.
She studied at Vancouver Film School and was writer/producer/director of her debut film steps, a skateboard film about tolerance. The film was selected in 2005 for the:
• Women in Film (WIF) Summer Shorts Festival
A WIF Mentorship Award the same year was pivotal in realizing her international concept for the WordLoveWorldLove documentary. She co-directed Hope 20, a film on housing the homeless for More Than A Roof, MCC Social Housing Society in 2004, building on a filmography about social justice.
Donna is a graduate of:
• School of Architecture,
University of British Columbia
• School of Fine Arts,
University of Windsor.