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Dave recently completed his first novel, “The Intermediary”, and published it as an e-book in 2012.
He made his feature film debut in 2004 as a writer/director with "Corn", a chilling tale about an environmental accident involving a genetically modified crop of corn. The film, starring Jena Malone, was an Official Selection at the Hamptons Film Festival, and is available on DVD.
Dave was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for his film "Gasline", a period piece set during the gas crisis in the ‘70s’. The film also received a First Place from the National Board of Review, and was an Official Selection at more than a dozen festivals. It has aired on HBO, Showtime and the Sundance Channel, and was distributed by Hypnotic and on DVD as part of "The Official Selections".
He has also directed PSAs and commercials, including a widely viewed protest ad against the war in Iraq for MoveOn.org, entitled “How Many More?”- a cry which had several protesters removed from the U.S. Senate floor.
Previously, Dave was SVP, Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather, a worldwide advertising agency, where he won numerous awards including a Finalist award at the Cannes International Advertising Festival. He returned to film school at Columbia University in 1998 to pursue a career as a film director, and was Assistant to the Directing Faculty and a Directing Fellow. He grew up in New York and received his BA from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.
In addition to working as a freelance copywriter, he continues to write. He completed an adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel, "Lord of the Barnyard" by Tristan Egolf. He has also completed work on a screenplay entitled "Open Wound", a dark comedy of the American West. He recently finished another screenplay, a coming-of-old-age story, "Welcome to Paradise".