DAVID D. AGUILAR is a Los Angeles based filmmaker from Chicago’s South Side. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harvard University, where he graduated Cum Laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He is pursuing his MFA in Film & TV Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he has won the school’s prestigious Entertainment Partners Producing Scholarship for his work producing short films.
After graduating from Harvard, David turned down an offer from the F.B.I. in favor of a higher-paying but soul-sucking job in tech consulting. The next five years saw David jump from one boring desk job to the next until a near-fatal surgery left him bedridden in a hospital in Boston. He took stock of his life and resolved to abandon the corporate drudgery and embark on a career in filmmaking if he made it out alive... which he did!
In 2015, David moved sight-unseen to Los Angeles. Following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, and Martin Scorsese, David landed his first job in the film industry as the assistant to legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman. In David’s first year on the job, Roger sent him to Peru to be his man on the ground to help produce Death Race 2050 – the sequel to Corman’s cult classic hit and most iconic work, Death Race 2000.
In 2017, David wrote and directed the short film Four Latinas Walk into a Restaurant, a story inspired by a real-life racially charged encounter. The film has been screened at the Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival, United Latino Film Festival, and others throughout the country.
In 2018, David traveled to Beijing to direct the film Barbarians, a documentary about a team of Chinese football players playing the first game between China and an American university. The same year, he also produced the short Callback, a narrative film about sexual assault in the film industry. Callback was featured in a segment on the BBC.
David is committed to fighting for social change through storytelling. He hopes to inspire audiences by telling stories of underdogs, unexpected heroes and outcasts.