David Cohen

  1. Adjunct Faculty

David Cohen is a filmmaker & editor whose work has screened at Sundance, Venice, Tribeca, SXSW, Hot Docs, New Directors/New Films, DOC NYC, Outfest, Frameline and more. As an editor, his films have garnered numerous festival awards and Primetime Emmy Award® nominations.

David co-directed, co-wrote & edited LOVE & STUFF with Peabody Award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand. Called “an emotionally fecund, funny and deeply resonant work” by The Hollywood Reporter, the film was broadcast on POV/PBS in 2022 following its international film festival run.

Recent editing credits include: PRETTY BABY: BROOKE SHIELDS (Sundance 2023, ABC/Hulu, two Primetime Emmy Award® Nominations, Directed by Emmy winner Lana Wilson); CHRISTOPHER AT SEA (Sundance 2023, World Premiere: Venice; SXSW Special Jury Award winner, BAFTAs short list); THE AMERICAN DREAM AND OTHER FAIRY TALES (Sundance 2022, Directed by Abigail Disney); LOVE, GILDA (Tribeca Opening Night Film, Magnolia Pictures/CNN Films, two Primetime Emmy Award® Nominations); and COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE (PBS/Independent Lens; Co-Producer & Editor). In addition to theatrical distribution and broadcast, his work has been published in The New York Times (Op-Docs), The Nation, Out.com and is on permanent exhibition at The Bob Dylan Center.

As a director & producer, David has secured support from ITVS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Just Films | Ford Foundation, Impact Partners and The Fledgling Fund. He is currently co-directing a documentary feature, is in development on his first narrative feature and serves as an editor on three feature documentaries forthcoming in 2024.

David has attended the Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Labs, the Joan Scheckel Filmmaking Labs, the BAVC/Tribeca (TFI) Producer’s Institute and received his B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.