My name is David Jude Harris. I’m a writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA.
I was born in Puerto Rico, then moved to Mexico for a little bit, then grew up in Texas. My grandfather was in the oil business and he raised his daughters in Venezuela. When I was a kid, Christmas music was mainly Venezuelan chorale music, with a little bit of the Star Wars Christmas thrown in. So, I’m from Texas by way of Caracas and Tatooine.
I went to RISD inspired by Daniel Clowes’s 8 Ball and Sam Kieth’s The Maxx and was pretty sure I’d be learning how to tell stories with words and pictures as a comic book artist. But, I got into filmmaking and couldn’t shake it.
After RISD, I moved back to Houston, TX where I worked in advertising and animé. I made art-like-things. I wrote about art. I lived in Paris for a year, exploring, watching movies and reading bandes dessinées.
I moved to LA to get my MFA in directing from UCLA’s school of theater, film and television. My thesis, an “online advice column” called HowDoISayThis, got a grant from mtvU and Cisco Systems and won Best Student Site at SXSW.
After that, I worked for MTV making stuff Rolling Stone called “The Cool, Edgy MTV You Didn’t Know Existed.” Some of the highlights include executive producing five half-hour digital episodes of a rebooted Liquid Television, co-writing and directing the horror web series Savage County, and MTV2’s In Your Head. I have also worked on projects with the Jackass team, Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”, “Footloose”), Drew Barrymore, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Cannon, Charlamagne Tha God, and the WWE. Oh, and Myrna the Monster – a short that MTV(other) took to Sundance, SXSW, and various other exciting festivals.
And now, I’m VP of Development at Gunpowder & Sky, a new studio making everything from short form video to feature films with the kinds of cool/smart/strange people I love working with.
If you are a cool/smart/strange person I hope we work together some day.