Lunch The Documentary is a film by Donna Kanter.
For the past 40 years, a group of writers and directors has been meeting for lunch every other Wednesday. The members and their meeting places have changed over the years, but their appetites for the ties that nourish their friendships have remained. Lunch goes beyond a single meal, and into the lives and successes of each comedy legend.
Donna Kanter, Director
Writer-producer-director Donna Kanter is owner of The Kanter Company, Inc. She has launched 14 reality series, directed the pilot Rescue 911 (CBS), created the first drama-reality hybrid series, FBI: The Untold Stories (ABC), the series Inside The Yellow Line (TruTV), Cold Case Cops (Discovery), and a pilot on an elite FBI team for A&E. She is presently developing series for Discovery, the Web, and new media.
In 2009 Donna wrote and directed F.L.I.P. Mysteries, about Internet private eyes, for WE tv, and the documentary LUNCH, featuring seven comedy writers and the waitress who inevitably steps on their punch lines. Her newest documentary, the LUNCH sequel with 12 comedy legends, was selected for a March 2012 screening of the Directors Guild of America’s Finder Series, for the Writers Guild Longevity Committee in June 2012, and the Writers Guild Film Society in July, 2012 . Other credits include: The Vatican, Inside the White House, Lucy: Queen of Comedy, Murder on the Move, Secrets of the Circus (Discovery); four seasons of Badge of Courage (Tru TV), Save Our Streets and the hidden camera comedy, Payback (NBC). She is producer/writer of the MOWs: Aftermath (CBS), The Flood, and The Last Victim (NBC).
Raised in an atmosphere of comedy writers and publishers, Donna gravitated to journalism, becoming a labor reporter, producer, and eventually executive producer of KING TV News in Seattle before joining Newsweek. In New York, she then became ABC foreign editor and senior producer for David Brinkley. At NBC, Donna initiated working relationships with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, which have enabled her to hold exclusive rights to the most unusual investigative units, cases, and personal stories of our times.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Donna earned her M.A. in Italian Literature from Middlebury College and the University of Florence. She left doctoral studies on WWII Italy to work for Ralph Nader and the FCC.
As a member of the DGA Workshop, Donna wrote and directed Friends for Life, based on the 2009 release of the Paulist Press book she edited about feature-film stillman Louis Goldman and the Italian priests who hid him with his brother during WWII, when Goldman was a teenager. She is writing A Dangerous Alliance, the screenplay based on Goldman’s book.
A two-time Emmy recipient, nominee of the Writers Guild Award for News and Documentary, and honoree of the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Donna Kanter is a member of the WGA, DGA, and AFTRA.
Donna was Treasurer of the academy of Television Arts and Sciences from 2005 to 2010. She was Governor (Writers Peer Group) of the TV Academy from 2000-2005, and was elected Governors’ representative to the Executive Committee from 2003-2005.