David Scott Kessler is a filmmaker and video artist with a background in painting, sculpture and illustration.

Documentary is at the core of much of Kessler’s work as a form to divert from and experiment with. Through use of cinematically composed documentary footage, advanced digital graphics and written narrative, David creates films, installations and performances that interpret the perceived identities of specified places.

A common thread is the idea of place as storyteller; the notion that a place, either geologically or through unconscious means, has the innate ability to communicate it’s own identity. The objective in documenting these places is to develop a visual language to interpret this identity, shifting the focus from factual information to the tone and character most acutely registered by the naive explorer. Brief encounters and otherwise mundane moments shift to sometimes epic and mythological proportions.

His first feature length documentary about artist, Zoe Strauss was produced by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. He has gone on to produce and direct several non-traditional documentaries, narrative films, installations and music videos for notable acts including Nightlands and Sharon Van Etten.

He is director of the video production company, Studioscopic, specializing in production and vfx for creative artists, organization and branding

Kessler has presented work at Summerhall in Edinborough, Scotland, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The Noyes Museum, PhilaMOCA and has designed projects for the creative group Klip Collective including projections for the facade of the National Museum of American Jewish History at it’s inaugural event. Kessler’s most recent video installation, filmed at NES, an artist residency in Iceland premiered in the international exhibition, Due North at Crane Arts in Philadelphia. HIs most recent short film, Lopapeysa, was selected for Rooftop Films Summer Series.

He was named a Pew Arts and Heritage Fellow and a Flaherty Fellow in 2015.