A director, actor, musician, writer, producer, editor, and teacher, David is the founding member of Soft Cage Films, NFP (www.softcagefilms.com), as well as a company member of the prestigious Trap Door Theatre, and lead guitarist in the band “The Garvey Train”.
He works as videographer for Trap Door and several other local theater companies and produces experimental video installations, short films, music videos, and other media. His previous films include “Yellow” (aka “City of Lust”) distributed by Maxim Media International, “Death of a Cybersalesman”, winner of Best Actor and nominee for Best Cinematography at the 2013 Short Bus to Insanity Film Festival, and “Graffito”, official selection of the 2014 Oracle Theatre Aperture Series Filmmaker Showcase, the 2015 International Film Awards Berlin where it won an honorable mention, and the 2015 TOFF festival where it won Best Feature Film. He also worked as cinematographer and editor for the upcoming feature length Spanish documentary, “House of Gods”, about a man who has dedicated his life to living without money and serving others. He most recently directed all three installments of the Anthropology Anthology short film series, “Pilgrim”, “Breaking”, and “Mandala”. “Pilgrim”, the first film in the series, is an official Selection of the 2016 Prairie State Film Festival, the 2016 Blow-up Film Festival, the 2017 Amarcord Arthouse Film Festival, and Semi-Finalist at the 2016 Los Angeles Cinefest.
In 2018, David directed an original short musical film entitled “Blacksite: The Musical!”, a film inspired by the true story about police brutality at the Homan Square interrogation facility and the resulting “Freedom Square” protest encampment in Chicago. David is also in development for the feature film “Gestalt”, produced through Soft Cage Films. www.daholcombe.com
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