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David BarbaAssistant Professor & Interim Director of Production

David Barba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Emory University. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television & Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, the Director of Industry Outreach and CU Film Festival at Columbia University's Graduate Film Program in New York and taught Screenwriting at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Courses taught at Emory include Writing the Short Film, Film Producing and Intro to Digital Video.

David is a Latinx filmmaker who has worked in fiction and documentary in both short and long formats. His short films have screened at over 150 festivals around the world, garnered national and international awards and aired on Showtime, HBO Latino and AXN Network in Latin America. He has produced and directed three feature documentaries, Pop Star On Ice (2009, IFC Center, Sundance TV) about 2-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir; American Cheerleader (2014, Fathom Events, Varsity Spirit) that follows two of the top high school cheerleading teams to the National Championships in Orlando; and, most recently, Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer (2018, Film Forum, The Orchard) a portrait of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes, which won the Audience Award at the 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.David served as co-creator and Executive Producer on two seasons of the documentary series Be Good Johnny Weir (2010, 2012) for Sundance TV and Logo TV.

He is a graduate of the 2-year Meisner professional acting program at the William Esper Studio in New York, a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).


  • MFA in Film, Columbia University
  • BA in Feminist Studies, Stanford University