David Weissman is an Emmy Award nominated filmmaker, teacher, film programmer, public speaker and longtime activist. He is best known as producer/ director of the acclaimed documentary, WE WERE HERE (2011) and THE COCKETTES (2002) which he co-directed with Bill Weber.
WE WERE HERE and THE COCKETTES both premiered at Sundance. WE WERE HERE was released theatrically, and broadcast internationally – in the US on the PBS series Independent Lens. WE WERE HERE was on the shortlist for the 2012 Best Documentary Academy Award. THE COCKETTES was also released theatrically, broadcast on Sundance Channel and BBC, and received the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Documentary of 2002. Both films received nominations for Independent Spirit Awards for Best Documentary of the Year.
David has taught courses in “Producing Feature Documentaries” in Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. He has taught classes and workshops in a many aspects of filmmaking, and has been a guest speaker, and presented his work at many universities, including USC, Stanford, Wesleyan, Yale, UC Santa Cruz, and Princeton. David was co-founder and for 10 years, co-director (with Russ Gage) of QDoc: The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival.