Miceal O’Donnell is an acute observer of the fractured person. In his films he exposes the inner workings of his characters, and challenges the viewer to condemn them. He also can’t help but to find humor in the most wretched of situations.
He has written dozens of short and feature length scripts. He has directed a number of short films and seven feature length films. Nearly all of his films have been made with little to no budget. Collaboration with others who are looking to practice filmmaking has always been a vital part of his work. As such, many of his films have large ensemble casts.
Miceal O’Donnell grew up in Jersey City, NJ, and benefitted from a family who always welcomed musicians and fellow travelers from Ireland, and all parts of the world. He was graduated from Saint Joseph’s University, where he studied ceramics and oil painting, and received a B. A. in Fine Art. He continued his studies at Stockton University, where he took several classes with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Steven Dunn. He served four years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, patrolled the west coast from Canada to Mexico, and then was transferred to the bayous of New Orleans. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and sometimes cinematographer, Eileen.
In 2015 he won first place in the Baltimore Screenwriting Competition in the feature length screenwriting category, and won second place in the same competition in 2017, and third place in 2020. He was awarded a grant from the Baltimore Filmmakers Collective and was a finalist for the 2018 Baker Artist Award. He was awarded the MSAC Individual Artist Award in 2019, and was on the panel in 2020. His films played at several festivals including New Orleans Film Festival, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Baltimore International Black Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and Charm City Fringe Festival.