David recently produced and directed A Good Day To Die (2010) about Dennis Banks and the rise of the American Indian Movement with partner Lynn Salt.
He directed and co-wrote Beautiful Wave (2010) starring:
Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights)
Lance Henriksen (Dog Day Afternoon, The Right Stuff, The Terminator, Aliens, Millennium, Appaloosa)
Pat Richardson (Home Improvement)
Helen Slater (Supergirl, The Secret of My Success)
The Film Has Won the Following Awards:
“Best Documentary” at the 2010 deadCENTER Film Festival
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
“Best Documentary” at the 2010 Dreamspeakers Film Festival
in Alberta, Canada
“Best Documentary” at the 2010 LA Skins Festival
in Los Angeles, California
“Best Documentary” at the 2010 American Indian Film Festival
in San Francisco, California
“Best Documentary” at the 2010 Twin Cities Film Festival
in Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Best Documentary” at the 2010 Frozen River Film Festival
in Winona, Minnesota
David co-produced Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007), a documentary about the Dalai Lama narrated by Harrison Ford, now in the top 300 box office-grossing documentaries of all time. The film was selected by forty film festivals and garnered eleven awards, including two Grand Jury and three Audience awards and was released in the US and Germany in 2008. Critics called it “a stunning tour-de-force”, “provocative, enlightening… fascinating, ravishingly beautiful and sonically soothing” (John Griffin, “Montreal Gazette”), and “startlingly original… a revelatory documentary” (Kyoto Journal).
David began directing principal actors on second unit for Universal Pictures on the episodic television shows “New York Undercover” (Fox) and “The Wright Verdicts” (CBS).
He produced and directed thirteen documentaries including the award-winning films: “Coach”, “Gazos Creek: The Majestic Forest”, “The Spirit of Peace” and “Bolsa Chica: The Endangered Jewel.”
He directed segments for “Dateline NBC” in India including the acclaimed one-hour special “Tibetan Medicine: A Cure for Cancer” as well as “Living Off The Land” on cowboys in the Australian outback for the National Museum of Australia.
He directed national commercial spots for Panasonic and Pacific Bell.
In addition to Grand Jury and Audience awards, David has won two Peace awards, seven Tellys and a Most Inspirational award for his films.
He has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1996.
Prior to making films, David led dropout prevention programs in inner-city Brooklyn, NY and cofounded both “Project Nepal” (1979) and “World Service” (1988), two international rural development projects in Asia, Africa and South America. He mustered cattle and trained horses in Australia’s Northern Territory from 1986 to 1988 and studied theater and drama in London and Bretton Hall, U.K. in 1989.
David holds a Certificate of Film and a Masters degree in International Education from New York University and a degree in Anthropology from UCLA.