Portrait Of Pearl

Starring Brittney Carpenter as "Pearl", a young Denver Sign Painter/Metalhead. After learning of her estranged Fathers passing, Pearl must decide to pick up the pieces left by the man who abandoned her, or to leave her many questions unanswered.
Music from: Death Valley Girls, Primitive Man, Bask, Rsrch

  • Shawn McDonald
    Director
    Portrait of Pearl, Linen
  • Shawn McDonald
    Writer
    Portrait of Pearl, Linen, A Rose In No Mans Land
  • Shawn McDonald
    Producer
    Portrait Of Pearl. Linen, A Rose in No Mans Land, Mulaifa-An Uncertain Future
  • Caleb Jon
    Producer
    Linen, A Rose In No Mans Land
  • Brittney Carpenter
    Key Cast
    "Pearl"
  • Rhema Srihartiti
    Key Cast
    "Lisa"
  • Nick Holland
    Key Cast
    "Pearl's Father"
    Linen
  • Shawn McDonald
    Editor
    Portrait Of Pearl. Linen, Mulaifa-An Uncertain Future
  • Caleb Jon
    Cinematographer
    Portrait Of Pearl. Linen,
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39.1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Shawn McDonald

Born in Boston, Massachusetts 1979.

My Uncle Johnny, who was actually my Godfather, introduced me to a world outside of the South Boston Housing Projects. I would spend every other weekend with Johnny as a kid, we'd stay up late and watch everything from 60's and 70's Horror to Science Fiction and Kung Fu movies.

As a teenager, I would go to movies as often as I could afford it, luckily you could sneak into the theater easier back then! One of the most profound moments of my life was seeing "Goodwill Hunting" , I went alone, and even at 17 years old, I couldn't hold back the emotional impact of the film. I believe that was the moment I realized what film can do for people, and I've wanted to make stories ever since, as an Oil Painter, a Tattoo Artist and finally as a Filmmaker.

I'm fortunate to have two teenage Sons, who also share a passion for Cinema.

My two Directorial short films are "Portrait Of Pearl" (Drama/Dark Comedy) and "Linen" (Horror/Neo Noir/Western) and I'm currently working on my third short film "A Rose In No Mans Land" (WW1/Thriller).

I Co-Own Devil Red Films, a production company in Northern Colorado, with Cinematographer/Producer Caleb Jon.

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Director Statement

Writing and Directing has given me a chance to expand my storytelling beyond the buttery surface of an oil painted canvas. I want to make stories We can escape into, and yet walk away with a unique experience.

History, Art and Music are important influences on my Filmmaking. I love learning and working with people who passionate, creative and hardworking, and aren't afraid to be themselves.