Danny Ledonne is a graduate of Emerson College's BA Visual Media Arts program in Boston and the MFA Film/Electronic Media program at American University in Washington, DC. He has been exploring the power of the moving image since 1998. Danny's interest in wildlife filmmaking first fostered the production of "Wild Animals, Domesticated Humans," a short documentary exploring the purposes and challenges of zoological parks. This film was distributed by the National Film Network.
Danny has served in camera and grip/electric departments on dozens of short films and music videos as well as several independent features. He has worked as director of photography on several award-winning short films, editor for several feature-length documentaries, and produced films in the wilderness of east Africa, Alaska, and the Galapagos Islands.
In addition to the feature directorial debut "Playing Columbine" at AFI Fest, his recent projects include a comedy about the complex relationship between humans and waterfowl entitled "Duck! (a duckumentary)," editing a road trip documentary about the kindness of strangers called "American Bear," a dramatic short doc about wilderness survival called "A Perilous Journey," and a mockumentary about bad reality television entitled "To Catch a Bestialitor."
A Colorado native, Danny has taught Tae Kwon Do and worked as a DJ for a community radio station. He is the owner/operator of Emberwilde Productions, has served as executive media producer for the DC-based sports company Reel Video Productions, and worked as video producer/editor for the Ocean Media Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Danny teaches media production for Adams State University and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. He has previously taught at Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program, International Film Academy of Jackson Hole, National Marine Sanctuaries, and Intel Computer Clubhouse.
He thinks skiing is overrated and prefers to snow shoe into the wilderness.