Don Battee is an independent PRODUCER committed to courageously diverse voices and innovative forms that build revolutionary practices for conscious filmmaking.
Don has been engaged in transformative story-telling as both talent and crew for over 25 years on films such as “The Sapphires”, “The Matrix”, “X Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Peter Pan- The boy who would not grow up”, “The Sniper” as well as many others. In 2014, Don began his producer journey by collaborating with Tiger Films and Kambran Entertainment on the Urban Cult Classic “Lady Luck”. As an independent producer of the International awarding winning short “Across The Tracks “Don has been the recipient of the Nuits En Or Cesar-Best Picture, MTV Music Video Awards-Best Picture, Chelsea Film Festival-Special Jury Award, Metropolitan Film Festival-Best Short, African Movie Academy Awards-Best African Diaspora, Peoples Film Festival-Best Narrative, Special Selection among others. He achieved this recognition despite limited resources demonstrating the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality independent films. His films which include the adult Anime Feature “BAD CAT”, have been honored at 50+ film festival awards and been distributed in 20+ countries.
TEACHING, ADVISING, ORGANIZING & SPEAKING
Don is developing ACT WRITE PRODUCE (AWP) an initiative developed to aid and train internationally diverse and marginalized filmmakers. The planned initiative is equal parts creative retreat and community engagement. The initiative will focus on the training of creatively diverse crewmembers and producers. He has taught producing and writing classes at Hardin Simmons University and Tyler Jnr College.
Don has been honored to speak on over 15 panels, served on a dozen film festival juries as well as countless numbers of prestigious film award committees. He has recently completed the internationally acclaimed streaming series “THE RISING”.
The inspiring documentary series celebrating the contributions of worldwide athletes of color. A timeless series that recognizes the importance of the many courageous acts that have brought about change, in sport and well beyond. BLM Episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-xz_6ZhYQ0&t=365s