Producer, Director, Editor, and Educator
David Pavlosky is an independent multimedia producer, director, editor, and
educator based in New York City. His work covers a wide range of subjects, but
themes of social justice and human relations are common among his films. He has
served as a media consultant for organizations as varied as the Center for
Constitutional Rights, Friends House New York City, CitiLeaf Housing, the New York
City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Hunter College Dance Program,
and the Hunter College Theatre Department. He has also led instructional
workshops on media-related topics such as editing with Final Cut Pro & Premiere.
David’s current work Stand Up Stand Out (director/producer),_ _tells the story of a
unique brand of activism belonging only to San Francisco–where three gay
teachers’ fight for equal rights during the burgeoning Gay Liberation Movement of
the 1970s, led to the blossoming of the Valencia Rose Cabaret, Café, and
Restaurant, believed to be the first and only gay-owned and operated comedy club
in the USA. “The Rose” was a place where gay and lesbian refugees could perform,
not only confronting the homophobic institutions and people that oppressed them,
but discovering their voice and identity as a community, before an audience hungry
for their humor.
David received his MFA Degree in Integrated Media Arts (2015) and his BA in Media
Arts (2003) from Hunter College. He studied with Martin Scorsese and Abbas
Kiarostami in the Tribeca Filmmaker Exchange Program in Marrakech where he
completed the documentary short film Crossroads, which screened at the 2006
Tribeca Film Festival.
David’s other directoral work includes 2008’s Hunter Dance Company in Tobago, a
documentary account of a groundbreaking international cultural exchange program,
and 2007’s Bridging Cultures, a promotional documentary following eight CUNY
students on a journey into the heart of Tamil Nadu, India. His first film, A Portrait of
Hands, a celebration of the human hand, was selected as visual accompanyment for
the Hunter College Symphony Orchestra’s 2005 concert, Russian Inspiration. In
addition to his promotional and commercial film work, David is also in demand as a
concept-to-completion producer, director, and editor of live stage performance
DVDs, actors’ and comedians’ demo reels, and video tributes/memorials.
At Hunter College, David is the Film & Media Studies Department Operations
Manager and Internship Advisor. Additionally, he serves as the Project Coordinator
for the Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism and the Project Manager for the
Netherlands Meets New York Student Exchange Program, where students from the
top-ranked Hogeschool, Utrecht University hone their skills in media arts during an
11-day program at Hunter College sponsored by the Department of Film and Media
David is the Series Producer, along with Tami Gold, of the REEL DIALOGUE series at
Hunter College. The series celebrates documentary film making at its best and
delivers an unmatched evening of free access to new films as well as a chance to
hear from the filmmakers that created them.
Prior to his current, digital-era multimedia work, David had a successful career as a
Broadway, television, and film actor, singer, and dancer. This work has enabled him
to infuse all of his work with a keen understanding of the importance of human
connection, storytelling, and attention to detail — qualities that make both his
commercial and promotional work true standouts.