Owner of Lightningwood Pictures, a production company based in Santa Fe for over thirty-five years, David’s work has encompassed an international scope of feature, documentary, commercial and collaborative arts projects. He has worked for legendary ski filmmaker, Warren Miller, and been a member of the Editor’s Local 700 in New York. He earned an American Cinema Editors nomination for Best Edited Documentary in 1993 for Baraka. He was director of photography and editor for the 1994 concert film, Toward the Within, featuring Dead Can Dance and the feature film, Soundman, 1998. In 2013, he received an Emmy Award as Cinematographer and Editor for the documentary Canes of Power, about the ceremonial canes given New Mexico Pueblos by Abraham Lincoln.
He has lectured, taught and conducted mentorships throughout the Northern New Mexico community and worked on numerous films centering on cultural preservation from South America, Pakistan, to the American Southwest.
Providing consultation for all levels of production and post-production.
2016 WARRIORS, documentary on Native Warrior spirit, director/dp, in production MEMWARS, Terry Allen art exhibit video content, dp/editor
2015 EVERYWHERE IS A GILA, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, dp/editor GAME ON, short, dp/editor ZYDECO BREAKFAST, documentary on Zydeco music, editor
2014 A THOUSAND VOICES, documentary on NM Native Women, dp/editor
2013 A&E LONGMIRE, promotions, dp
SHE SINGS TO THE STARS, feature, editor
2012 CANES OF POWER, documentary on Pueblo Canes, dp/editor ZOMBIEWOOD, short, editor
2011 20 WAYS, comedy short, editor
ANCIENT PATHWAYS, documentary on Pueblo leadership, dp/editor
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, promo, dp
ACLU OF NM, promo, editor
2010 ONE AMONG THOUSANDS, documentary on Cuban-American musician, editor
MOMO, Terry Allen art exhibit, video content, dp/editor
2009 WE SHALL REMAIN, TV series preview, PBS, interviews dp
HEAT LIGHTNING, short, editor
DINNER IMPOSSIBLE, Food Network, camera
2008 KASHF, feature, editor
2006 AUSANGATE, documentary on mountains in Peru, editor
TOM JOYCE, artist profile, dp/editor
ZIA: THE SUN SYMBOL, short doc, dp/editor
2005 SERAPHIM FALLS, EPK, camera
AGUA ES VIDA, 7 part series on water issues, dp/editor
2004 LIVING PORTRAITS, artist profiles, New Mexico Culture Net, dp/editor
A THOUSAND ROADS, NMAI signature film, 2nd unit dp
2003 SALVADOR, concert film, Warner Bros Records, dp
ENCORE MOVIE CHANNELS, Ali McGraw intro segments, since 1996, dp
2002 LISTEN, corporate promo, Nokia, editor
1998 TAO OF STEVE, feature, 2nd unit camera
1997 SOUNDMAN, feature, dp/editor
1994 TOWARD THE WITHIN, Dead Can Dance concert film, dp/co-editor
1993 BARAKA, ACE Nomination for Best Edited Documentary, co-editor
1991 LA CARRERA PANAMERICANA, w/Pink Floyd, documentary on rally, camera
Wilson Learning IT Group, Santa Fe/Minneapolis, interactive videodiscs, 1985-’87, director/dp/editor
KSFE-TV, Santa Fe, developed and managed production department from inception of station, live newscasts & sporting events, news & feature programs, 1982-’84, producer/director/editor
IATSE editors local 700, New York, 1980-’82, features & docs, asst editor
Warren Miller Productions, ski and sports films, 1978-’80, editor/camera
Bandelier Films, responsible for all aspects of animation production for commercials & industrials, 1977-’78, production manager & Oxberry animation camera operator
College of Santa Fe, Advanced Editing, 2001, 2002, Intro to Production, 1993.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Santa Fe Film Professionals, President 1993-97.
IATSE Film Editors Local 771, New York, 1980.
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, B.A. art studio, 1975.