David Cranstoun Welch, Director, Writer, Producer and Editor

David shot, produced and directed two low-budget digital features in New Zealand, including the acid western “High Water Rising”, before relocating to New York City. He has directed numerous short films, including “Blind In One Ear”, which was screened at the Wellington Fringe Film Festival. He also directed and edited a series of magazine-style television shows for New Zealand’s Mainland Television.

David has written for various publications, including the UK’s Record Collector Magazine, Perfect Sound Forever, CMJ and New York’s Jewish Voice. He also served as Feature Writer and Assistant Editor for the New Zealand Film Technician’s Guild magazine, “NZ Techo”, covering stories that dealt with such issues as gender inequality and drug abuse in the New Zealand film industry.

He directed his first short at age 12, and had completed his first feature, the shambling cinéma vérité road musical “Park Drive Mild Blues” by age of 15. David is currently developing the screenplays “Shangri-La” and “Five Boys in Trouble”, and completing production on his first feature-length documentary “The Book of Conrad”.


High Water Rising, 2003 (segments) 1 hr, 28mins