Don Hardy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and storyteller. His most recent film, Pick of the Litter, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2018 and was purchased by IFC Films/Sundance Selects within 24 hours of its first screening. The film opened in theaters and on VOD in August of 2018 and quickly became one of the most successful documentaries of the year.
Pick of the Litter is now being adapted into a prestige documentary series for The Walt Disney Company’s new streaming service Disney+. Don is serving as executive producer and showrunner for the series as well as directing several of the episodes.
Currently, Don is also in production on a new feature documentary, Camp Penn, that tells the story of the birth and growth of Sean Penn’s aid organization J/P HRO after a catastrophic earthquake shook Haiti in 2010.
In 2018 and 2019 Don was chosen to participate in the American Film Showcase where he traveled as a US envoy with the State Department as a part of this prestigious film diplomacy program.
His previous film, Theory of Obscurity, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents, premiered at SXSW in 2015 and was released theatrically by Film Movement in April of 2016.
In addition to his extensive film work, Don also creates\ high-end brand films for a variety of companies and nonprofits. His work in this realm is as varied as his film work: From Olympic hopefuls to people struggling to survive in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, Don strives to connect viewers to stories through emotion and humanity. Clients like Adidas, Cisco, Kaiser Permanente, and Bay Area Music Project choose to work with Don because of his sensitive storytelling approach.
Don has won numerous awards for his films, photography, and editing including major film festival awards from Cinequest, Woods Hole Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Sonoma International Film Festival. Over the years, Don has also been awarded 6 regional Emmys, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 7 Associated Press Awards, the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Photographer of the Year Award and more than 15 National Press Photographer Association Awards.