After completing college and service in the Marine Corps, I moved back to New York and set about learning the business of motion pictures. I left NYU's MFA program to learn filmmaking from the bottom up. I took a series of jobs which taught me the technical skills of filmmaking. I specialized in camerawork and wore many hats to make progress - and money - as a freelancer.

That "education" served me well in the years that followed, as I had learned early why and how a film company does what it does - from the bottom up.

In 1970, I shot a feature documentary on the successful ascent of a mountain peak in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. In 1977, I began a feature film producing career with Rockers, which was screened at Cannes.

I had found my filmmaking niche and went on to make a string of independents. My early success was recognized and bigger films followed, notably Species and
Jurassic Park 3.

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"Because I've been there before, I can give young artists the courage to realize their creatiive vision."

Listen as David works the American Film Market (AFM) to sell his latest project. The AFM is an annual event sponsored by the Independant Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). The interview was first presented on KCRW radio. To listen, click the arrow!

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