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David Kleiler

David1David is a veteran of over 30 years in the independent film industry as an exhibitor, professor, collaborator/producer and consultant.

David was responsible for saving the art house cinema, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA; during his tenure as its Director he showcased the best of independent cinema at a time when most of Boston’s movie houses were only booking blockbusters. The Coolidge has become a well-known and well-respected theater for independent and art house films in the Boston-area.

As Founder and former Artistic Director of the Boston Underground Film Festival, begun in 1998 and now in its 15th year, David has been shaking up the sensibilities of independent film fans. David is also Artistic Director of the Woods Hole Film Festival, Chairman of the Board & Chief Advisor to the Northampton Film Festival, creatively involved with the New Haven and Nantucket Film Festivals and receives a credit for the Journey into Madness Program at the Toronto Film Festival; his programming at these festivals constantly challenges film goers and exposes audiences to works of merit that have limited or no distribution. He has programmed independent film features and shorts collections at more than 35 locations on the East Coast.

David has a myriad of film credits to his name for his contributions on independent film projects. His clients include: BRAD ANDERSON, well-known independent filmmaker; MITCHELL ROBBINS, independent film producer; ROBERT SIEGEL, producer; DANNY SCHECHTER, documentary filmmaker; ALICE BOUVIER, documentary filmmaker; MOODY STREET PICTURES; and countless others.

A regular attendee of major festivals such as Sundance and the Toronto Film Festival, David has developed relationships with people locally, nationally and internationally from all areas of independent film.

A former tenured professor of Communications at Babson College, he has also taught at Emerson College, U Mass Boston, Tufts University and the Boston Architectural Center.

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