David Schwartz earned a BA in English and History from Marycrest College in 1976 and an MA in Speech and Dramatic Art from University of Iowa in 1978, studying at its renowned Fiction Writing Workshop.
David is a director, writer, visual designer and editor. In 2003 his feature film “Mad Song” was cited as “the most promising directorial debut of the year” by the Los Angeles Times. National Public Radio lauded the film, favorably comparing it to Robert Altman’s early work. In 2004 David helmed one of five individually directed segments of “Man of the Year” starring the late John Ritter. Ninety-three minutes long, but shot entirely in one night at a palatial, Hollywood estate, the film played in competition at the Slam Dunk Festival in Park City as well as at the Pasadena Method Festival, where it won the “Best Performance” award. In 2005, David received an Emmy Award for his photographic contribution to “The Lucky Man,” a documentary about one man’s tragic battle with ALS. That same year, he was listed in the Who’s Who of American Teachers. His visualization of Heidegger’s “The Clearing” won him first place in the national Refocus Film Festival.
After winning numerous local and regional awards for shooting and directing commercials in the Midwest, David moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s. He employed his multiple skills toward a wide variety of documentaries and commercials.
He co-directed, shot and edited a music video for Luther Vandross and created the visual design on another for the Beastie Boys. He designed and edited the opening credit sequence for NBC’s “Quantum Leap.” David is a full-time faculty member in the Film department at Brooks Institute.