Sundance fellow, David is 50% Brazilian, 50% Greek-American and 100% about the work. David grew up in Brazil, where he played basketball competitively and broke his left foot.. Which curiously led him to a career as a comic-book writer and music journalist at age 17, winning prestigious indie-comic awards and publishing articles in the Brazilian Rolling Stone. In 2001, he was lured into advertising, where he became a writer, creative director for shops like Interactive Agency of the Year AKQA and Agency of the Year 72andSunny. In 2012, wanting to explore his entrepreneurial side, David opened the LA office of dutch agency Kesselskramer, where he is currently Executive Creative Director and partner. In two years the company has tripled it's billing and team under his leadership with only blood, sweat and tears for a back-end investment.
David has created integrated campaigns, interactive and non-traditional storytelling experiences for brands and properties worldwide, including James Cameron’s Avatar, Nike, HTC, Xbox, The Standard Hotels and the launch of MOCAtv, the world’s first art channel on Youtube. In parallel, his career as a filmmaker has led him to direct music videos for Skream and Die Antwoord, docu-series for Nike and commercials for MOCA. Currently, David and artist Gary Baseman, have co-written a feature film in development with producer Vincent Landay (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are and Her) and are in production with their upcoming feature Mythical Creatures, a hybrid documentary, which has been selected to the prestigious Sundance New Frontier Lab for its new approach in storytelling. David’s work has been featured in the NY Times, Dazed & Confused, LA Times, The San Jose New Media Biannual, Skirball Museum and Art Basel Miami. Awards include Cannes Lions, The One Show, The FWA and others.
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