Filmmaker-in-Residence (fall 2012 semester), Interlochen Arts Academy
Interim Director of Motion Picture Arts Summer Programs, Interlochen Arts Camp
A.A., Communications, Northwestern Michigan College; B.A., Creative Writing & Film Critical Studies, University of Colorado; B.F.A., Film Production, University of Colorado; M.F.A, Studio Arts - Film Production, University of Colorado
A native of Traverse City, Michigan, David attended Northwestern Michigan College, where he received the English Student of the Year Award in '95. In '04, David completed a dual BA in Creative Writing/Film Critical Studies and a BFA in Film Production while accepting 4 production awards from the University of Colorado. During his time at CU, David’s short films “Snow Petals” and “Sleeping River” combined for 11 Official Selections and 1 Win at film festivals. In '09 David completed an MFA in Film Production from the University of Colorado, where he also taught for 4 years, and was honored with the J.R. Hopes Grant and Gambill Family Endowment. David has produced or worked on 38 short films, 5 feature films, and 19 commercial shorts across genres and forms including narrative, documentary and animation. His 2011 feature film, "Somewhere West" has received, 8 Best Feature Film Awards, 2 Best Cinematography Awards, and 4 additional awards from 18 festivals in 3 countries thus far. Having returned to Traverse City, David has spent the last year teaching at the Interlochen Arts Academy as the Filmmaker in Residence, while also co-founding The Treefort Collective, where he works as a writer, producer, director and editor.