Donnie Betts

  • Film & Television


Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education I

13070 East 19th Avenue

Fourth Floor

Aurora, CO 80045

Donnie L. Betts is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, theater director and podcast host. His documentary Music is My Life, My Politics, My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr. won 11 Best Film or Audience Choice awards, aired on PBS Plus stations nationwide. Music is My Life Politics My Mistress was featured in IDA Doc Magazine and is part of the Black Film Archives at Indiana University now streaming on kwelitv. His film Dearfield: The Road Less Traveled, about the all-Black Colorado town was nominated for an Emmy. He won an Emmy for his film My Voice on hip hop artist and activist Jeff Campbell.

Betts was the youngest winner of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Donnie was part of the producing team for the launch of BET’s Starz in Black. Donnie has created content for John Sayles. He has written or directed multiple theater plays including The Mountain Top, which received a Henry Award for Best Director. He is a founding member of two theater companies in Denver, City Stage Ensemble and Denver Black Arts Company. His audio drama podcast series Destination Freedom Black Radio Days, heard on Broadway Podcast Network and all platforms, has won numerous awards. His production company No Credits Productions, LLC is at work on Resisting, a look at the use of force in America by law enforcement and others. He is a producer of the award-winning documentary film The Holly directed by Julian Rubinstein He attended Yale School of Drama.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Metropolitan State University Denver
BS; Communications


Emmy, 15 Best Film Awards from Film Festivals, CBCA Lifetime Award, Governor's Award for Excellent in the Arts and many others.