Hey, I'm David!

Royal Oak, Michigan

I'm a mechanical engineer working in the automotive industry in Metro Detroit by day and an independent filmmaker by night. Though originally raised in Marietta, GA, I moved up north to attend the University of Michigan and received my degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. After combining forces to form our production company, Valiant Films, J.B. Armstrong  and I have been shooting spec commercials and shorts around the Detroit area for the past several years. I currently reside in Royal Oak, MI with my wife, an Assistant Prosecutor for Wayne County, my son, Trey, and our Labrador mutt, Stevie. My primary goal in life is to fulfill God's purpose and help others experience true joy and faith through my films.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Street Cred Season 1: When It All Changed

Detroit Series
Sci-Fi, Teen

We're building inclusive leadership of the future by co-creating technology of the future, today!

101%

This project got the green light!

The Inner Edge

Old Bridge Township Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A NJ cop struggling with changes in her life, has to save a suicidal stranger to unlock what powers lie within her.

122%

This project got the green light!

Lost Bayou

Lafayette Feature
Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.

118%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Tracing the Hairstons

New York Feature
Documentary, History

This three-part documentary series explores the journey of the Hairston’s and shows how American slavery helped propel the Hairston’s to one

100%

This project got the green light!

Interference

New York Short
Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.

85%

This project got the green light!

Blood Stains

Los Angeles Short
Horror, Thriller

Leaving his band and girlfriend behind to become a star in America, an ambitious singer meets a mysterious hitch-hiker with a plan.

85%

This project got the green light!

Human Telegraphs

New York Series
Comedy

Three women form a ‘human messaging’ business in NYC and get tangled in the intimate, unexpected, and hilarious lives of strangers.

91%

This project got the green light!

Faith

Long Beach Feature
Drama

After suffering an unthinkable tragedy, a deeply religious man fights to stay connected with his faith.

87%

This project got the green light!

CRUDE

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

A story about Andy Cooper and her gang of merry assholes dealing with the loss of one of their own and how life is revealed through death.

127%

This project got the green light!

Solomon

Detroit Feature
Drama

A young, white writer struggling after his child's death and a failed marriage, stumbles across a retired, black psychiatrist in Detroit.

100%

This project got the green light!

Leia's Army

Silver Spring Short
Drama, LGBTQ

A family comes apart at the seams when a teenage girl attends the Women’s March without telling her Born Again Christian mom.

101%

This project got the green light!

Doors of Mercy

Los Angeles Short
Drama

A single Egyptian woman desperately tries to obtain a birth certificate for her out-of-wedlock baby in Egypt's conservative legal system

80%

This project got the green light!

Carbon

Metuchen Feature
Drama, Science

Unable to accept her daughter's sudden death, Dr. Lauren Atwood, attempts to clone her deceased daughter and carry the clone to term.

106%

This project got the green light!

The Black Cowboy

Portland Feature
Documentary, History

History You Cannot Hide

81%

This project got the green light!

FLYBY

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

When a passing asteroid changes the way people experience time, one couple discovers that their life together is quickly slipping away.

100%

This project got the green light!

Breasts

New Orleans Short
Drama

When a working mother mentions to her male co-worker that she has to pump her breasts, he slaps her with a sexual harassment complaint.

105%

This project got the green light!

An Act of Terror

Charlotte Short
Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

150%

This project got the green light!

Welcome Home

Albany Series
Comedy

When life handed them lemons, they moved back home with their parents.

80%

This project got the green light!

UnCorked - A Web Series

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Satire

Six women changing their lives one glass at a time...

112%

This project got the green light!

American Trial

New York Feature
Documentary, Experimental

What if the NYPD was put on trial following the death of Eric Garner? Our Film tells the tale of the trial that never was.

102%

This project got the green light!

Hide and Seek

Washington Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

An indie rock musician turned stay-at-home dad makes an impulsive wish, propelling him into an alternate reality.

130%

This project got the green light!

The Adventures of Penny Patterson

New York Short
Comedy, Teen

Penny faces growing obstacles to winning the science fair after her boyfriend becomes a superhero.

90%

This project got the green light!

Avowed

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

A young nun to be struggles to understand why her patient lacks sentience. A film about disability, feminism, and tested faith.

116%

This project got the green light!

10 Days (for now)

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy

Over the holidays, estranged couple Ellie and Estlin give their relationship one last chance: 10 days to make it work, or part ways forever.

103%

This project got the green light!

Halftime

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Sport

A comedy following the highs & lows of professional football's newest team. Each ep takes place during the league mandated 12-min halftime.

80%

This project got the green light!

Love & Vodka

Ypsilanti Charter Township Feature
Drama, Teen

102%

This project got the green light!

Across The Tracks

Atlanta Short
Drama, Family

In 1960s GA, a young mixed girl decides to pass for white, a choice that follows her for many years.

102%

This project got the green light!

Movies & Shows I Recommend

A NOLA lonely cafe owner tries to befriend an outcast boy while struggling to turn a lot into a park.

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The Lot

2016

 • Short

by Russell Blanchard

Explore the overlap of prisons and racial oppression, as well as alternative visions for justice.

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Broken On All Sides

2012

 • Feature

by Matthew Pillischer

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