How I Came to Be - Personal Project (2019)

Produced, shot and edited by Niamh McDonnell; Illustrated by Alex Medieors

Antigone in Ferguson (2019)

Produced, shot and edited by Niamh McDonnell and Michael Tashji

New York Theater Stages ‘Antigone in Ferguson’

The Greek play “Antigone” tells the story of a defiant woman sentenced to death by a king who refuses to practice mercy. After a bitter civil war that pitched brother against brother, newly crowned Creon honors one with burial and leaves the other to rot. Antigone, sister of both and daughter of Oedipus, defies the new king and buries her desecrated brother. When Creon learns of her lawlessness, he sentences her to death — a tragedy that ultimately takes the life of everyone dear to Creon.

“Antigone in Ferguson” retells the tragedy set against the backdrop of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo. In 2014, Brown was fatally shot in a police altercation that many in the black community felt was an unjust response to an unarmed teenager. In both the play and in Ferguson, state power showed itself unwilling to extend mercy. 

The play, presented by Theater of War Productions, features a band, choir and actors on stage together at the St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn. Each one-hour performance is followed by a conversation between the theater company and the audience, exploring topics addressed in the play: state power, mercy, justice, misogyny and racism. 

Published for The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange - July, 2019.

Actively Aging: Senior Games 2019

Produced, shot and edited by Niamh McDonnell & Giulia Hjort

Seniors in Action: A Follow-Up to the Senior Games (2019)

Produced, shot and edited by Niamh McDonnell & Giulia Hjort 

Gentrification in Bushwick: Linden Court (2019)

Produced, shot and edited by Niamh McDonnell

Fire In The Heights (2019)

Produced by Emma Davis; shot by Niamh McDonnell, Emma Davis & Luckie Youngblood; edited by Niamh McDonnell

Life For Dyslexic Students (2018)

Produced by: Harsha Nahata, shot and edited by Niamh McDonnell 

Homelessness in New York City (2014)

Produced, shot and edited by Niamh McDonnell 

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