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David Brind

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television


David Brind is a Philadelphia-born screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has screened in film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Outfest, the Hamptons, and in international festivals around the world.

David wrote and co-produced the feature film DARE, an official selection and Grand Jury Prize Nominee at the Sundance Film Festival. It features the first starring role of Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara, as well as Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford and Alan Cumming. David’s short film DARE on which the feature was based currently has over 13 million views and is one of the most-viewed short films on YouTube. The follow-up, titled THE DARE PROJECT will be released worldwide in 2019—making this the first short film to have a sequel with the same cast and creative team made 15 years later BOYHOOD-style.

Rafer Guzman of Newsday named DARE one of the top 10 films of 2009, citing the film as “one of the smartest and most honest teen movies in years,” and A.O. Scott of the New York Times described the film as having “a lot of intelligence, and considerable daring.”

More recently, David adapted a YA novel for Academy-Award winning producer Stanley Jaffe (“Kramer vs. Kramer”). In television, David has developed and sold projects with Emmy, Oscar and Golden-Globe winning producers. 

Theater credits include directing comedienne/actress/singer Sandra Bernhard in her one-woman Off Broadway show Sandra Bernhard: Everything Bad and Beautiful

David received his B.A. from Yale University in Theater Studies and American Studies, and his M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Columbia University. David is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America.