Lecturer: BA Film, Video and Interactive Arts; MA Moving Image
MFA (Master of Fine Arts), Film, Columbia University, New York
BA (Hons) English Literature, University of British Columbia, Canada
David is a filmmaker and sound designer, and a graduate of Columbia University's MFA in Film programme. While studying for his MFA, his first year film, Last Minute Doubts, won him a GameWorks World Studio Foundation Directing Scholarship, and a ‘Best of Fest’ Video Award at the Long Island Film and Video Festival. His short films received accolades at US festivals and his critical essay on the films of Eric Rohmer won him the Grand Marnier Film Fellowship.
David works as a sound designer on short films and teaches sound design on the MA in Filmmaking programme at Goldsmiths College. Recent sound design projects include Burn My Body (UK, 2010) (54th BFI London Film Festival) and Whore (UK, 2008) winner of the European Jury Award for best film at the Angers Film Festival, 2010 - both of these written and directed by Fyzal Boulifa. Most recently David produced and created the sound design for a short horror film, The Ice Cream Van, written and directed by Shane Vahey.
His special interest in modernist cinema has led him to write a number of papers on the films of Eric Rohmer, from his first publication in Film Comment, ‘Freedom, Faith and the Search for the Grail . . . ’ (2002) to ‘Vision, Volition, Re-Vision . . . ’ in Rohmer et les autres (2007), a collection of essays published by Presses Universitaires de Rennes. More recently, David has written on the cinemas of Robert Bresson and Carl Theodor Dreyer, with a paper ‘'Dreyer’s Michael: Painting the Canvas of the Soul’ to be published in the collection Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts by Intellect Books (2011).