Director Of Photography
Michael Tubbs / T. Griffin
David Shapiro is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York. His feature documentaries include MISSING PEOPLE (2016), winner of the Jury Award at The Hamptons International Film Festival. A nonfiction mystery, the film follows enigmatic art dealer, Martina Batan, as she investigates her brother's long unsolved murder, while obsessively collecting and researching the violent work and life of Roy Ferdinand, an outsider artist from New Orleans. KEEP THE RIVER ON YOUR RIGHT (IFC, 2001), winner of an Independent Spirit Award, Jury Award at IDFA, and on the Academy Award shortlist, was based on Tobias Schneebaum's iconic book, about his life among the Harakambut People in the Amazon in the 1950s. The film takes follows Tobias back to Peru 45 years later, and to Papua New Guinea, where he lived among the Asmat People. David wrote and produced FINISHING HEAVEN (HBO, 2009), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Shapiro’s visual art has been exhibited extensively in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at MoMA, the Tate, the Norton and the Brooklyn Museum. His work is included in many prominent collections, including the Tate, the Whitney and the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. His work has been profiled and reviewed on NPR, BBC, CNN, in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Art Forum, BOMB. Flash Art, Art News, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, El Pais, Time Out, and New York Magazine, among numerous other publications.