I was born in Harlem, New York, the middle of three sisters, our mother from Manhattan and father from Savannah, Georgia. Raised in Los Angeles among comedy writers, I gravitated to news reporting and documentary filmmaking.
After launching 24 documentaries for networks and digital platforms, I made LUNCH, featuring my father Hal Kanter with 11 comedy legends who had been swapping stories over matzo ball soup for 40 years.
Fred Zaidman, the first to notice LUNCH on my website, shared a gripping story. It is a privilege to share his odyssey as a son of Holocaust survivors
A member of the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, I support women filmmakers. I was Treasurer of the TV Academy, and s Governor of the Writers Peer Group. I'm a member of the DGA, WGA, AFTRA, and IDA.
Photo: Donna at a memorial site in the former Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.