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Donald Martin
"In the words of Vincent Van Gogh: We are not here for ourselves. I am humbled and grateful to POWER UP for this recognition. It is an honor to find myself included on such a list.”

Donald Martin has been writing movies for the big and small screen since 1988 when his TV movie NO BLAME, the first ever to deal with AIDS from a woman¹s perspective, won awards around the world. Originally from Canada, he now has over 35 produced movies to his credit, such as the award-winning DIM SUM FUNERAL (HBO), SHACKLES (Sony), FAMILY SINS (CBS), THE CRAIGSLIST KILLER (Lifetime), CELINE (CBC), and NEVER TOO LATE, the Canadian feature film starring Cloris Leachman in her first (and only) lesbian role. His feature film MASTERPIECE is set to shoot next year, starring Al Pacino.

In 2010, Donald received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gemini Awards (Canada¹s Emmys) for his contribution to the international profile of Canadian television. In 1989, he took on two foster sons in Colombia, sending one to medical school and the other to dental school. In honor of such a commitment, Donald was the recipient of Canada¹s inaugural Gemini Humanitarian Award in 2001 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth¹s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. He was a board member of L.A.¹s now-shuttered charity GLASS, which sheltered homeless LGBT youth. He has twice been recognized for his contributions to the mission of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Donald is a member of the Writers Guild of America¹s Gay & Lesbian Committee, and he is committed to mentoring emerging writers.



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