Matthew Donahue is also a film-maker. After the initial success of his book on the Hines Farm Blues Club, in January 2002, he worked with PBS affiliate WBGU to make his book into a documentary serving as a producer, director, writer and music consultant. For this film, titled "The Hnes Farm Blues Club," Donahue interviewed such blues dignitaries as B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, the late John Lee Hooker and regional Midwest blues players such as Art and Roman Griswold, Blind Bobby Smith, the late Big Jack Reynolds and many others. The film aired nationally on PBS and received numerous awards and accolades. Donahue was nominated for an Emmy by the National Television Academy, and received the Telly award and the Crystal Award for Media Excellence. In relation to his book on art cars "Taking It to the Streets: An Art Car Experience," Donahue created a 30-minute documentary on the history/cultural impact of art cars and the creation of his art cars. He also created a documentary on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal group Motorhead titled, "Motorhead Matters." For this documentary he was the SPV Records Grand Prize Winner for their Superfan Contest. There are two live performance DVDs related to past musical projects that Donahue has participated in that have been produced including, "Head: Night of the Living Head" and "Universe Crew: Live at the Double Door with Adrian Sherwood at the Controls." Also in relation to his work with music and the film/video format, he has created a number music videos for his MAD 45 music project that are available for viewing on Youtube. The MAD 45 music videos have also been compiled onto DVDs and consist of "The Forty Five Dollar Videos," "So Goes the Nation the Videos." There are two live concert DVDs for the MAD 45 project, including "MAD 45: Live at the Black Swamp Arts Festival," which features MAD 45 vocal material and “MAD 45: Broken Fingers Bootleg,” which features the MAD 45 instrumental guitar based songs in the vein of Link Wray and Dick Dale. He has served as the lead actor and provided music for a short film titled "The Home Project,” which examines the impact of unemployment on one’s family and living conditions. In addition he has completed a short documentary on the creation of his “Car Power” art car, titled “Car Power: Another Art Car Experience.” From a scholarly perspective he is serving as a Project Scholar for the American Music Film Series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Tribeca Film Institute. Currently he is developing concepts related to feature length films, documentaries and music videos.








The Hines Farm Blues Club-DVD Taking It To the Streets:
An Art Car Experience-DVD
Motorhead Matters-DVD Head: Night of the Living Head-DVD
MAD 45: The 45 Dollar Videos-DVD AMAD 45: So Goes the Nation,
The Videos-DVD
MAD 45: Broken Fingers Bootleg-DVD Universe Crew, With
Adrian Sherwood at the Controls-DVD