THE DIRECTOR


DAVID PATERSON

DG | WGA | SAG | AFTRA

In 2005 David began writing for film. He adapted his play FINGER PAINTING IN A MURPHY BED into a screenplay and produced it. As LOVE, LUDLOW, the film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews; “Another Sundance treasure!” Roger Ebert declared. David sold the film to The Sundance Channel, Starz and Warner Home Video. LOVE, LUDLOW was one of the few success stories of Sundance 2005. The film won numerous awards on the fest circuit and the screenplay was nominated for the HUMANITAS award for excellence in screenwriting.

David’s directorial debut, a 9/11 themed short, FRAGMENTS, premiered at the prestigious Palm Springs International Shorts Film Festival. David also adapted his short play, WHEN CHILDREN STUMBLE, into the short film, OPEN AIR, starring MUNICH’s Lynn Cohen. OPEN AIR won numerous awards on the festival circuit and premiered with Shorts International in 2015. As a feature film writer and producer, his films have been seen in over 100 film festivals and released theatrically in nearly 90 countries throughout the world.

David’s latest film, THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, starring Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Kathy Bates and Julia Stiles was released through LIONSGATE this past fall. It has already won the highly respected Truly Moving Picture Award by the Heartland International Film Festival.

In addition to being a playwright, David is a firefighter, professional stuntman, an adjunct professor of screenwriting for NYIT of Manhattan, and serves on the Film Advisory Board for the Savannah, Gold Coast and Big Apple Film Festivals.

David is proud and excited to be working on LANCELOT with fellow Sundance Festival screenwriter and Humanitas nominee Steven Fechter.