David Irving (director)
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David Kenneth Irving is an American film director, screenwriter, author, and professor. He is the son of Jules Irving and Priscilla Pointer. His father is of Russian-Jewish descent.[1] His accolades include the 1981 Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Children's Script.

Early life

Irving was born in Santa Clara County, California. He has two siblings, actress Amy Irving and Katie Irving. He spent his childhood in San Francisco, where he was active in local theater. The family then relocated to New York City. Irving attended high school at Riverdale School for Boys. He earned a BFA from Denison University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.[2]


Irving began his career as a screenwriter, director and producer of movies. He also directed numerous theatrical plays. He then moved on to writing and directing documentary shorts. He co-wrote the textbook Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video along with Peter W. Rea. The book is the only text on short film creation to focus on the importance of symbiosis between producer and director. It was originally released in 1995, and is in its 5th edition as of 2019. In 2008, it was announced that he would serve as head of NYU's Tisch Asia graduate film department.[3]

In 2010, Irving wrote another textbook entitled Fundamentals of Film Directing.[4] In 2011, he published another textbook entitled Elements of College Teaching. He served as the chair of New York University's Tisch School of Arts Film and Television program for both the undergraduate and graduate schools for over seven years.[3] He then wrote a novel, Sleep 101: The Odd Rise of Doctor Louise Pond, PhD, which explores the inner workings of academia. This was followed up with Sleep 201: The Further Adventures of Dr. Louise Pond and Sleep 301: Dr. Louise Pond and the Spunky Monkey.

As of 2019, Irving works as an associate professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2007, he received the NYU David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence.[5]

Personal life

In 1974, Irving married actress Susan Burkhalter. They have one daughter, artist Austin Irving.


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Yes No No
1976 The Great Texas Dynamite Chase No No Yes
1980 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) No Yes - 1 episode No Episode: The Secret of the Lost Valley: Pt 1
1987 Rumpelstiltsken[6] Yes Yes No
1987 The Emperor's New Clothes Yes Yes No
1988 Sleeping Beauty Yes No No
1989 C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud Yes No No
1990 Night of the Cyclone Yes No No
1999 Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth (documentary short) Yes Yes No
2000 Richard Mayhew: Spiritual Landscapes (documentary short) Yes Yes No
2002 School's Out: Self-taught Artists (documentary short) Yes Yes No
2004 Chuck Close: Close Up (documentary short) Yes Yes No
2006 I Can Fly: Kids and Creativity (documentary short) Yes Yes No
2008 Red Grooms: Sculptopictoramatist (documentary short) Yes Yes No
1998 African Art (documentary short) Yes Yes No
1995 Romare Bearden Yes Yes No
2009 Jimmy and Max Ernst Yes Yes No
2001 Jacob Lawrence Yes Yes No


  1. ^ "PROFILE : The Amy Chronicles : After years in the shadow of her parents, not to mention ex-husband Steven Spielberg, Amy Irving is now secure in her own identity. 'I've never been so alive,' says star of Arthur Miller's new play, 'Broken Glass'". Los Angeles Times. 17 April 1994.
  2. ^ "David Irving". New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
  3. ^ a b Miller, Winter; Miller, Winter (2008-06-10). "Irving to head NYU Tisch's Asia dept". Variety.
  4. ^ Pierce, Richard (April 15, 2010). "Fundamentals of Film Directing By David K. Irving". NYU. McFarland & Company.
  5. ^ "Tisch School's David Irving Offers Techniques and Strategies to Beginning Educators in "Elements of College Teaching"". New York University.
  6. ^ "'Rumpelstiltskin' (G)". Washington Post.

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