Known throughout the 80's and 90's as a playwright, Don Thompson has more recently made his mark as a filmmaker and producer. His plays have included TIBET DOES NOT EXIST and L.A. BOOK OF THE DEAD, as well as his more recent DEMOCRACY and THE GOD OF THIS WORLD. His first feature film, CLOUDS, received awards and special recognition from numerous U.S. and International Film Festivals. Since CLOUDS, Don has produced, co-produced and/or provided finishing funds to over twenty-five films through nextPix, including the Sundance award-winning TIBET IN SONG (2009) and Hal Hartley's NED RIFLE (2014).

See the nextPix slate and new website here.


TATHAGATA  (dir. Diego Prieto), Executive Producer, 2023
The director and his producing partner, Camila Arias, travel across India in an attempt to retrace and re-discover the teachings of the historical Buddha.
Funding: Be Happy NGO, nextPix Productions
Released: 2023

INTO THE STORM (AKA RECOVERING IRMA) (dir. Sandra Salas), Executive Producer, 2021
A documentary about one family's struggle with domestic violence.
Grants: Sundance Institute, Kendeda Fund, Fork Films/Abigail Disney
Support: San Francisco Film Society, National Association Latino Independent Producers
Estimated release: 2024

THE UNIVERSALITY OF IT ALL (dir. Andrés Bronnimann) Executive Producer, 2020
A video essay/documentary dealing with the reasons and outcomes of mass migration in modern society.
World Premiere: Global Migration Film Festival hosted by IOM (United Nations' International Organization of Migration)
New York Premiere: Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York City, 2021
Winner, VISION Award, Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2021
Released by IndiePix

UNAPOLOGETIC (dir. Ashley O'Shay), Co-executive Producer, 2020
A documetary that chronicles the lives of three women involved in the Movement for Black Lives in Chicago.
World Premiere: 2020 Blackstar Film Festival
Winner, CIFF
Groundbreaker Award, 2021
Released by Kartemquin Films in association with JustFilms

SIGNS OF A REBEL BUDDHA (dir. D. R. Thompson), Producer/Director/Writer, 2020
A video essay that looks at non-conventional Buddhist teachers and what makes them unique.
World Premiere: Kolkata Shorts Film Festival, 2020 (India)
UK Premiere: Dreamers of Dreams Film Festival, 2020
Russian Premiere: Esoteric International Film Festival, 2020
Bhutanese Premiere: Druk International Film Festival, 2020
Mexican Premiere: Oaxaca Film Fest, 2021
USA Premiere: New York Inspirational Film Festival, 2021
Winner of Spotlight Film Award, USA, 2020
Winner of Communicator Award, Award of Distinction, USA
, 2022
Released by nextPix

THIS LITTLE LAND OF MINES (dir. Erin McGoff), Executive Producer, 2018
A documentary that reveals the indiscriminate bombing of Laos during the Vietnam Era.
Fiscal Sponsor: Independent Filmmaker Project
Sponsors: Pulitzer Center, Reva and David Logan Foundation, World Without Mines

US Premiere: 2019 Mill Valley Film Festival
Released by Journeyman Pictures

YOMEDDINE (dir. A. B. Shawky), Associate Producer, 2018
A Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice journey in search of their families.
World Premiere: 71st Cannes Film Festival - in competition for the Palme d'Or - winner, Francois Chalais Prize

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Released by Strand Releasing

RAILWAY CHILDREN (dir. Prithvi Konanur), Co-Producer, 2016
A feature film depicting the gritty reality of children trapped in India's railway 'platform business'.
World Premiere: 2016 Mumbai International Film Festival, in competition
Winner, Best Child Artist for Manohara K., 2017 Indian National Film Awards
Nominated, 2017 ICFT Gandhi Prize, International Film Festival of India
European Premiere: 57th Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth, in competition - winner, commendation of the Ecumenical Jury
US Premiere: 2017 Chicago South Asian Film Festival, in competition
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Released by Tin Drum Beatsasil Content

NED RIFLE (dir. Hal Hartley), Executive Producer, 2014
The third film in Hal Hartley's epic 'Henry Fool' trilogy.
World Premiere: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
European Premiere: 2015 Berlin Film Festival - winner Ecumenical Jury Prize, Panorama Section

US Premiere: 2015 SXSW Film Festival
Released by Fortissimo Films

BRINGING TIBET HOME (dir. Tenzin Tsetan Choklay), Associate Producer, 2012
A documentary about a heroic artist's quest to bring Tibetan soil back to Tibetans so that they can again feel their homeland.
World Premiere: 2013 Busan International Film Festival
European Premiere:
2014 27th FIPA, Biarritz, France - Winner Prix du Jury des jeunes Européens
Released by Journeyman Pictures

(prod/dir. Ngawang Choephel), Co-Producer, 2010
A documentary about Tibet's musical, cultural and political history.
World Premiere: 2009 Sundance Film Festival - winner Special Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary
Released by Guge Productions and New Yorker Films

SINGING THE BONES (dir. Gordon Halloran), Co-Producer, 2001
Distributed Internationally by Fat Salmon Cinema

CLOUDS (dir. Don Thompson), Producer/Director/Writer, 2000
Released by IN Pictures, nextPix and Passion River Films
(see awards list below)

Crowdfunding and co-production support, sales support and advising/mentoring have been provided to numerous filmmakers through the firstPix program.

imdb for Don Thompson is here and for nextPix is here.

Wikipedia for Don Thompson is here.


THE GOD OF THIS WORLD, playwright, 2014
Performed by Maryland Ensemble Theater (2014 and 2015)

Performed by Maryland Ensemble Theater (2004 and 2005)

TIBET DOES NOT EXIST, playwright, 1995
Performed in New York at Tribeca Performing Arts Center (1997), Gene Frankel Theater (1995) and Nicu's Spoon Theater (2009), as well as other productions.

L.A. BOOK OF THE DEAD, playwright, 1982
Performed in Los Angeles at Ensemble Studio Theater (1982) and American Repertory/Rough Theater (1987), as well as other productions.

DUNE MESSIAH , playwright (adaptation), 1985
Performed SMC Theater, Metro Los Angeles (1985).

Awards/Special Recognition p

As Director

Best New Director, Brooklyn Film Festival (for CLOUDS) - read more here

Juror's First Choice, Narrative Category, 33rd Annual Brooklyn Arts Council International Film and Video Festival (for CLOUDS)

Honorable Mention (2nd Place) Feature Category, ALWAYSi 1st Online Film Festival (for CLOUDS)

Feature Film Award, New York International Indie Film Festival (for CLOUDS)

Best of Fest, New York International Indie Festival, Los Angeles Edition (for CLOUDS)

Outstanding Achievement Award (documentary), 2020 Druk International Film Festival (for SIGNS OF A REBEL BUDDHA)

Spotlight Film Award (documentary), 2020 (for SIGNS OF A REBEL BUDDHA)

As Screenwriter

Finalist, Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards (UCLA - for screenplay SILHOUETTE)

Winner, Gold REMI Award, 2018 Houston Worldfest (for screenplay MEDEA, SOUTH CAROLINA)

Winner, Best Drama Screenplay (feature), 2019 Los Angeles Film Awards (for KALTENHOUSE)

Winner, Screenplay of the Month (July), 2020 Festigious International Film Festival (for KALTENHOUSE)

Winner, Best Action Screenplay (feature), 2020 Festigious International Film Festival (for KALTENHOUSE)

Winner, Best Feature Screenplay, 2020 New York Film Awards (for KALTENHOUSE)

Finalist, 2017 Filmmatic Screenplay Competition (for MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE)

Finalist, 2017 New York Screenplay Contest (for MEDEA, SOUTH CAROLINA)

As Playwright
Indie Theater Now - Plays and Playwrights, 2017 (for play THE GOD OF THIS WORLD)


Producers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild of America, International Screenwriters' Association, Film Independent, American Film Institute, Sundance Institute

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