half magic

the film work of spencer macdonald


I am a 27-year-old filmmaker born in NYC, raised in San Francisco and currently bouncing between Berlin, San Francisco and Portland.

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 of its use for 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 documentary work has been for projects that I truly believe will improve our planet and its inhabitants.

For inquiries about projects, collaborations or anything else,  please feel free to shoot me an email.

I am represented Commercially in the US by Avocados and Coconuts.

(portrait by Zach Kramer)


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