Michael McNamara was born in Chicago and raised in Windsor Ontario. He studied film and photography at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. He is a writer/director and editor specializing in music, children’s and family television programs and specials. His first feature, which he also produced, is “The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati” written by and starring Alan Williams.
McNamara launched Markham Street Films Inc. in 2002 with partner Judy Holm. They produce film, television and award-winning documentaries. The feature length documentaries McNamara has written and directed have all won Geminis and been nominated for others, including Radio Revolution: the Rise and Fall of The Big 8; 100 Films & A Funeral; Acquainted With The Night. McNamara has also won awards for directing episodes of MSF’s series Driven By Vision and Fanboy Confessional. Recently he wrote and directed both Lights Out and The Cholesterol Question for CBC’s Nature of Things; Ice Sweat & Tears for CBC’s Doc Zone, and The Trick With The Gun for Super Channel. He also directed the TMN television adaptation of William Shatner’s Broadway show Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.
McNamara is currently writing a screen adaptation of the novel Heaven is Small and developing a feature length documentary, WORK, for CBC’s documentary channel.
He also plays ukulele and collects scratchy vinyl musical recordings.