In 1989, Christopher McDonell, nicknamed “Cleetche” by his high school classmates, successfully pitched his first film project SOLOSHYE to a local TV station in his Canadian hometown of Orillia. Only 17-years-old, he would go on to write, direct, shoot and star in nine 44-minute episodes of the comedy sketch-series. He moved to British Columbia, studied at the Vancouver Film School, and in 1995, found himself in West Africa shooting IN NEXT MAN COUNTRY: a 60-minute documentary about the plight of the Liberian refugees. In 2001, Cleetche was living his dream, directing his award-winning screenplay, TRIBE OF JOSEPH, on a Telefilm-funded budget of $1.5MM. His first feature film, it was an original story about a survivalist doomsday cult. Cleetche is now ready for a comeback with QUEEN OF THE BEACH, a documovie shot in Goa, India – 11-years in the making.