About the Filmmaker

David Licata is the writer and director of A Life’s Work.

He wrote and directed  8½ x 11 (featuring Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo) and Tango Octogenario, two award-winning short films. They have screened around the world at top-tier film festivals, including New Directors/New Films (presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center), the Tribeca Film Festival and dozens more.

He has written for SportsFigures (ESPN), a television series that explores a variety of math and physics concepts in the world of sports and uses well-known athletes to help explain the relationships.

He is very proud to have been Second Unit Director of Photography on Roland Tec’s We Pedal Uphill: Stories from the States, theatrically released by Cinevolve. One of the more mind-blowing experiences of his life was shooting an interview Mr. Tec conducted with David Hockney for Thunder Every Day, a documentary in production.

David Licata at Arcosanti.
David Licata at Arcosanti.

Not adverse to print, David contributed 683 movie reviews for The Blockbuster Video Guide to Movies and Videos, and 140 movie reviews and 13 essays on film genres for 
Seen That, Now What?

In addition to A Life’s Work, David is writing a collection of connected short stories. Several of these stories have been published, including “There Is Joy Before the Angels of God”in The Literary Review, “12-Bar Blues,” in Pilgrimage, “Other Leevilles” in  Paper Tape, and “Wonder” in R.KV.R.Y. Quarterly Literary Journal. Other fiction and nonfiction have been published in HelenHitotoki, Word Riot, Sole Literary Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, and others. ​His short stories “Lavender” and “The Wolf Is in the Kitchen” have been anthologized in the Boston Literary Magazine’s Best of, Volume 2, and Two Countries:  U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents, respectively.​

David received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, the Yip Harburg Foundation, and Dance Films Associations and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, Playa Summer Lake Artist Residency, Blue Mountain Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Jentel Arts, Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), and Centrum Arts and Creative Education.

David’s day job is at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, where he shoots and edits videos for the Communications and Marketing Department.


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