Spencer MacDonald

Filmmaker
Half Magic Films

I am a 25-year-old filmmaker born in NYC, raised in San Francisco and currently based in Portland, Oregon.

My interest in film began on my journey through the Indian Himalayas to reach the remote collection of villages known as Zanskar. As I sat in the Karsha nunnery with the Buddhist nuns that I taught English to every day, it became more and more clear that the only way to convey this way of life to my family and friends back home was through filming them. So that’s what I did.

What began as a desire to harness the most powerful storytelling medium of our time, has also developed into a love for its use of self-expression. Film is the most potent vehicle I’ve found to communicate on every level: viscerally, visually, psychologically, emotionally and intellectually.

My goal is to use film to shed light on otherwise undocumented environmental, cultural and social phenomena; and thereby inspire change. All of my films/videos have been for projects that I truly believe will improve our planet and its inhabitants.

Since picking up a video camera, I have shot and/or edited videos for a variety of organizations, ranging from National Geographic and Airbnb, to local nonprofits and organic farms. Currently, I run The People’s Lens with Patrick Gilmore, our new video storytelling initiative to give a voice to environmentally, culturally and socially conscious organizations in Portland and beyond.

I am also available for hire as an all-in-one video production specialist, or as a freelance DP, director or editor.

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  • Age of the Farmer

    Half Magic Films

    “65 is the average age of farmers, and there are not enough young farmers to replace them. How did we get here?”** In the summer of 2015, Eva Verbeeck asked me to join her on a trip throughout the Pacific Northwest to produce a short film on young farmers