SETH MICHAEL DONSKY
Winter 2012 / 2013
Seth Michael Donsky becomes contract player for Audible.com
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Seth Michael Donsky's feature film Twisted screen in December and January at the MoMA in NYC.
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MoMA Dickens on Film
A cinematic celebration of Charles Dickens' bicentenary.
Watch a trailer of Seth Michael Donsky's 1997 feature film Twisted here.
Seth Michael Donsky is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, journalist and performer.
Mr. Donsky’s debut feature film was Twisted (1997), Dicken’s Oliver Twist re-imagined and set in Manhattan’s gay club scene in the ‘90s. Twisted starred Oscar-nominated William Hickey and Tony Award-winning Anthony Crivello and Elizabeth Franz and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. It played festivals worldwide, taking the Audience Prize in Turin and Ottawa. It was distributed theatrically in the U.S. and throughout Europe. The Village Voice called Mr. Donsky “the next Gus Van Sant” and the Los Angeles Times praised Mr. Donsky for giving his cast, “the confidence to show considerable emotion” saying that by the time Twisted was over “its world and that of Dickens seems one and the same.” As of January 2013 The Museum of Modern Art was evaluating Twisted for inclusion into its permanent film collection after the Museum screened it in a program of world cinema inspired by the work of Charles Dickens, which also included works by David Lean, Roman Polanski and Alfonso Cuarón.
Mr. Donsky’s short film Loopy (2004), adapted from a short story by Ruth Rendell, a New York Times bestselling crime author, and also starring Ms. Franz, premiered at the International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand. It played festivals worldwide, took first runner-up in the HBO short film contest at Savannah, and aired on rotation on the IFC for over two years.
Mr. Donsky has advanced in consideration three times for the Sundance screenwriters lab, most recently for the 2012 and 2013 labs. He is a two-time national finalist of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Contest (2001, 2004) and a recipient of the Hollywood Entertainment Industries Council’s PRISM Generation Next Fellowship (2001) for his work on the screenplay Trade.
As a journalist, Mr. Donsky has been published online and in print worldwide. He has written for many Hachette-Filipacchi titles, Gotham and Los Angeles Confidential magazines and the Daily Beast. He has also written several cover stories for the New York Press. His cover story The Trouble With Safe Sex was reprinted in Cleis Press’ Best Sex Writing of 2010. His cover story Free at La$t was reprinted in the UTNE Reader and received the 2012 New York Press Association Excellence in Journalism Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism in the Financial Sector.
Mr. Donsky holds an M.F.A. in screenwriting from Columbia University (2004) where he was a two-time recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship (the highest merit-based financial award offered by the School of the Arts).
Mr. Donsky is also a member of SAG-AFTRA. He is a professional voice-over actor who has narrated dozens of fiction and non-fiction titles for Audible.com.
Cover Story, New York Press, June 2011
Cover Story, New York Press, October 2010
Cover Story, New York Press, June 2009
Loopy, Short Film, 2004
Cover Story, New York Press, April 2009
Point Click Home, February 2009
Adaptation & Performance, December 2008
Gotham Magazine, Sept. 2008
Point Click Home, August 2008
Twisted, Feature Film, 1997