David Parry

120 Annenberg Hall, 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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David Parry is an award-winning filmmaker who has made influential documentary films in China, the Yukon Territory, the Caribbean, and autobiographical avant-garde films in the United States. His films have exhibited at leading international and national film festivals and broadcast on national prime-time PBS and European television. He has been awarded numerous grants including artist-in-residence grants, National Endowment for the Arts independent filmmaker grants, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. His films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, where they are circulated to other institutions and exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art film series. He was director of photography on John O’Brien’s award-winning Super-16mm/35mm doc-fiction feature Nosey Parker, which showed at the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Nantucket Film Festival. In the department of Film and Media Arts, Professor Parry specializes in direct cinema and cinéma vérité documentary, introductory and advanced 16mm and Super-16mm filmmaking; he also teaches courses in lighting for film, video and photography. Professor Parry completed his graduate work at MIT in visual studies with pioneer direct cinema/cinéma vérité filmmakers Richard Leacock and Ed Pincus. He also studied with MIT artist-in-residence and avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas and with anthropological filmmaker and cinéma vérité founder Jean Rouch at Harvard University. Professor Parry taught film at Dartmouth College for 10 years, and also worked in cross-disciplinary ethics research at Dartmouth’s Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics, where he was an executive board member. He also held a joint research appointment as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Dartmouth College. Recently, Professor Parry was the faculty director of the FMA Los Angeles Study Away Program, where he helped to expand it from a summer program to a year-long program. He is currently filming and editing two personal documentaries, as well as lecturing and writing about personal cinema.

Recent Work:

  • Professor Parry is editing a documentary about his great-great-grandfather, Francisco Oller (1833–1917), a Puerto Rican realist-impressionist painter who lived and painted with Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro off and on during a 20-year period.
  • He is filming a personal documentary portrait about a public elementary school coping with corporate educational infringement.
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