Director Biography – David Mahmoudieh (SNAKE DICK)

Born in the UK to immigrant parents, David (birth name “Darvood”) is half-Iranian and half-British-French-Canadian. Married to a second-generation American-Korean with roots in Japan, he likens his family gatherings to a summit at the UN.

David began his career as a trainee AD on productions including “X-Files”, “The Outer Limits” and “Batman Begins”, where he was lucky enough to learn from some of the best directors in the business.

Almost a decade ago, David made the step-up from AD with his directing debut for Coldplay’s “Lost”, and has since become an award-winning director of commercials for brands including Google, Lego and Samsung. He now owns, and directs through, his production company Alpha Wolves, with clients including Yahoo, Universal Music and Porsche.

David won the ECU Screenwriting Contest with his spec script, “RAIN” — the story of a young girl with an allergy to water — now in active development as an 8-part mini-series with Neve Campbell attached to star and produce.

He previously sold his horror script “THE FRAIL” in a competitive bid and was recently hired by Roddenberry Entertainment, creators of Star Trek, to write and direct the adaptation of their graphic novel, “WORTH”.

Last year David directed his first feature-film as a “director-for-hire”, the indie drama SEE YOU SOON starring Harvey Keitel, Liam McIntyre and Poppy Drayton, which secured a theatrical release in the United States and Europe against a modest budget. (Disclaimer: he hates it!)

David is now attached to direct the western biopic BOONE, which he co-wrote, and is co-writing and developing TV series EXORCIST ACADEMY (based on his viral short) with former “Flash” and current “Lois & Superman” showrunner Todd Helbing.

David is a proud ambassador for Kids In The Spotlight, a charity which helps foster kids write their own short films and cultivates opportunities for them within the industry. PARALLEL, a film David directed for the charity, recently won Best Dramatic Short at Shiver International Film Festival.

David has dual US-UK Citizenship and resides in Los Angeles with his wife, costume designer Susanna Song, and their three psychotic cats.

Director Statement

“SNAKE DICK” is inspired by the #MeToo movement and the metaphorical manifestation of male fear towards female empowerment. I am currently developing a feature-version, based upon this short.


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Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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