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.
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    Beach_Fly
    Screenplay
  • Editor (1 Credit)
    Queen Of The Beach2019
    Documentary
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    Queen Of The Beach2019
    Documentary
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    Queen Of The Beach2019
    Documentary
Official Selection
Queen Of The Beach
Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
Tokyo
2020
Winner: Best International Documentary
Queen Of The Beach
Jodphur International Film Festival
Jodphur
2020
Official Selection
Queen Of The Beach
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Sebastopol
2020
Official Selection
Queen Of The Beach
Darbhanga International Film Festival
Darbhanga
2020
Winner: Best Documentary (Feature)
Queen Of The Beach
Noida International Film Festival
Noida
2020
Winner: Best Feature Documentary (3rd)
Queen Of The Beach
New Delhi Film Festival
New Delhi
2020
Winner: Best Feature Film (Documentary)
Queen Of The Beach
Chambal International Film Festival
Kota
2020
Winner: Green Rose Award for Best Feature Documentary with Global Message
Queen Of The Beach
Jaipur International Film Festival
Jaipur
2020
Winner: Best Non-Fiction Feature
Queen Of The Beach
Lakecity International Film Festival
Noida
2019
Winner: Best Non-Fiction Feature
Queen Of The Beach
Ayodhya Film Festival
Ayodhya
2019
Winner (4): Best Picture, Best Director, Best Music, Audience Award
Queen Of The Beach
Free Spirit Film Festival
McLeod Ganj
2019
College
Vancouver Film School
19931994
Birth Date
June 17, 1971
Nickname
Cleetche
Birth City
Orillia, Ontario
Current City
Vancouver, British Columbia
Hometown
Orillia, Ontario
Height
5' 10
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Eye Color
Blue
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