Scenic artistry runs in Donald Southern's family. His father worked "in the pictures" as Donald likes to say. Donald's natural choice was to follow the lead into a career in the movies. The first film that Donald worked on stared Sydney Poitier and Abbey Lincoln and the music was scored by Quincy Jones. Not bad company for his first job. "For the Love of Ivy" garnered Abbey Lincoln a nomination for a Golden Globe award for her performance.