About

Don Swaynos has written, directed, produced, and/or edited award-winning films, television shows, and commercials.

In his sixteen years as a professional editor Don has worked on a wide variety of projects including films, episodic narratives, documentaries, reality shows, commercials, music videos, and branded entertainment.

He recently cut several narrative films including Anna Margaret Hollyman’s Maude (Sundance), Travis Mathews’ Discreet (Berlinale), Yen Tan’s Pit Stop (Sundance; Independent Spirit Award Nominee), James Bryan’s long-lost horror oddity Jungle Trap (Fantastic Fest), Julio Quintana’s Terrence Malick-produced drama The Vessel (starring Martin Sheen), and John Bryant’s award-winning short film The Samaritans (SXSW).

Don has also edited for television; including CNN’s Emmy nominated docu-series High Profits, two seasons of Rooster Teeth’s critically-acclaimed science fiction drama Day 5, A&E’s long-running reality show Shipping Wars, as well as programs for TLC and The Discovery Channel.

As a writer and director Don helmed the dark horror-comedy Don’t Ever Change (Fantasia, Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week) and the critically-acclaimed comedy Pictures of Superheroes. Additionally, Don has won several awards for his screenwriting work on branded entertainment and political advertising with Collection Agency Films.

Don recently served as producer on Brad Besser’s meta-documentary Beaver Trilogy Part IV (Sundance) and Travis Matthews’ Discreet (Berlinale).

Don’s work has screened at international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, Fantasia, SXSW, and the Los Angeles Film Festival and has earned a lot of attention in the press including mentions in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, ABC World News, Fangoria, Dread Central, Film School Rejects, Film Threat, The Huffington Post and Politco.

 

Awards and Recognition

Vimeo Staff Pick
Short of the Week

(Don’t Ever Change, Writer/Director)

Vimeo Staff Pick
(Heroes from the Storm, Editor)

Outstanding Business & Economic Reporting: Long Form, Emmy Nomination
New York Times Critics’ Pick
(High Profits, Editor)

Jury Award, Best Texas Short, SXSW
(The Samaritans, Editor)

John Cassavetes Award Nominee, Spirit Awards
Best Actor (Marcus DeAnda and Bill Heck), Outfest
HBO Film Award, Best Feature, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Louis LeQuire Award for Best Screenplay, Nashville Film Festival
Texas Grand Jury Prize, Dallas International Film Festival
(Pit Stop, Editor)

New York Times Critics’ Pick
Best Ensemble Cast, Napa Valley Film Festival
Best Writing, Genart Film Festival
(Love & Air Sex, Editor)

Best Experimental Film, Lausanne Underground Film Festival
(Six Hundred and Forty-One Slates, Director/Editor)

Best Short Film, Lone Star International Film Festival
(Sexy Chat, Producer/Editor)

Audience Award (Dark Matters), Austin Film Festival
Best Horror Film, Arizona Underground Film Festival
Best Feature, Minneapolis Underground Film Festival
(Saturday Morning Massacre, Editor)

Semi-finalist, Screamfest LA
(Blood Brew [un-produced script], Writer)

Special Jury Prize, Friars’ Club Film Festival
(S&M Lawn Care, Editor)

Best Use of Web Video (Gold), Pollie Awards
(Charles Wheelan: The Bright Knight, Writer)

Best Short Film, Indie Memphis
(The Ballad of Friday and June, Producer/Editor)

Best Use of Web Video (Silver), Pollie Awards
Best Use of Humor (Bronze), Pollie Awards
(The Insur-Animals: Episode 1, Writer)

Recipient, Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund
(The American Widow Project, Co-Director/Producer/Editor)

Best of the Fests 2008, Film Threat
Grand Jury Prize, deadCENTER Film Festival
(Year at Danger, Co-Director/Editor)

Best Advertising for the Arts & Sciences (Gold), Austin Addy Awards
(Austin Film Festival: Uhhh…, Writer/Director/Producer/Editor)

One Response to About

  1. Robert Casey says:

    Don,
    First, on behalf of the Internet I must thank you for your wonderful Richard Spencer
    video. “Take Richard Spencer at Face Value” is a masterpiece, in a thousand years Earthlings will still be laughing their mutant asses off. On behalf of future mutants I sincerely thank you.

    Now here’s a short video that could use a bit of your magic. I present:
    “Death Panels 2.0”
    http://crooksandliars.com/cltv/2017/02/gop-official-drags-out-death-panel

    The Internet awaits. Thank you for all you do.

    Best Wishes.
    Robert Casey

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