David Hilbert is a New York based writer, filmmaker, and motion picture editor.
He discovered the world by driving away at 17, two weeks after finishing secondary school. His first stop was Los Angeles, where introductions to people he'd previously read about made a lasting impression. He spent time in Orange County with former Hells Angels, then studied mathematics.
He switched coasts to pursue writing but discovered cinema instead - prompting an immediate return to LA, where he had the privilege of directing a series of experimental films.
After a year of foreign travel, Hilbert wittingly moved back to New York, where his work aired on CBS, ABC, MS/NBC, BBC, CNN, The History Channel, and Syfy. He cut commercials for an array of clients before returning to film in the late 2000s.
Hilbert’s projects use odd scenarios and irony to reveal more about ourselves than most of us normally do. Sometimes his stories are real, and sometimes they are surreal. He believes objectivity is a myth and that authenticity is important - and that remembering this keeps us alive.
He believes such things as "reality" or "facts" or "truth" are subjective.
He is the director and editor of the award-winning film IKLAND, which documents the rediscovery the lost Ik tribe, who were famously disparaged as the worst people in the world. The film was honored as the Best Documentary of the Boston International Film Festival and has been critically praised by The New York Times, Variety, Indiewire, and The Final Call.
He has lectured for Harvard University, the Institute for Community Living, and has been a guest on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show.
Hilbert is currently producing HUNTERS+GATHERERS, a short about the time in our lives when we're asked to give up our ideals, and completing the screenplay for NOWHERE MEN, a picaresque narrative of catharsis and discovery.