Citygate Films
Good stories spark change.


We are hard-wired to appreciate and remember good stories. Stories create empathy and provide perspective. In a world where attention is the new currency, a powerful story cuts through the clutter.

Citygate Films is headed by director/writer/editor Carolyn McCulley.

Citygate Films is headed by director/writer/editor Carolyn McCulley.

I started Citygate Films in 2009 as new opportunities were opening for independent filmmakers to find audiences through social media-driven digital distribution. Since then, I've directed, produced and edited nearly 200 short films for clients while also working on four documentaries of my own: BREAKING THE WALL OF SILENCE, MACH ONE MAC, A NOTE OF HOPE, and THE RAGE OF EVIL: THOUGHTS FROM A FORMER SCHOOL SHOOTER. 

Citygate Films has produced branded content for clients such as Discovery, WebMD, AstraZeneca, Chick-Fil-A, Capital One, International Justice Mission and numerous nonprofits. My most widely viewed short film has been seen by more than six million people and was the inspiration for a segment in Oprah's BELIEF series. Recently, I have participated in artist development programs with the Points North Institute (Shortform Editing Residency) and the Moving Picture Institute (Documentary Directing, Screenwriting, Editing and Narrative Directing programs), as well as the DOC NYC Only in New York roundtable. In 2018, I was a recipient of the Strauss Artist Grant from ARTSFAIRFAX. My writing and directing work for Citygate's clients has won several awards (CINE Golden Eagle, Telly, Women in Film & Video), been featured on CBS and PBS television programs, and posted on popular sites such as and I've also collaborated with other directors to co-produce THE ROAD WE KNOW, a feature documentary on the HIV crisis in Botswana (directed by Suzanne Taylor Glover), which screened at screened at the Justice Film Festival and DocMiami, and I collaborated with director Daniele Anastasion as an associate producer on her short film, THE PRICE OF CERTAINTY, which was featured in the New York Times Op-Docs series and at AFI Docs. 

My love for story means I'm comfortable working in many formats. I'm also an author of three books and hundreds of articles in publications like The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and lately I've added podcast producer and writer in collaboration with the talented team at Twenty Thousand Hertz.

Wearing various hats as a producer/director/writer/editor, I work with a fantastic group of collaborators across the nation to develop the right look and sound for each project. Decades later, I'm just as excited about inspiring people through "show and tell" as I was the first day I discovered the power of story in kindergarten.