Films by David Baugnon

Art in the Face of War

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Art in the Face of War- Feature Documentary. Eight World War II artists/veterans recount their service experience and their use of art for journalism, as a tactical tool and to preserve their own sanity. Having served in all theaters of operation and in all branches of the U.S. military, including the once-secret Army division known as The Deception Corps, their powerful imagery -some done on the spot, some done years later from haunting memories- will enlighten, challenge, even amuse, showing that war is hell but that creativity can exist in the face of destruction. Directed by David Baugnon. Shot and Edited by Ed Holt. Completed June 2006.

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View the 12 min film on YouTube

Click here for Matisyahu Trailer on YouTube

Matisyahu- Short Documentary. Matisyahu (Matthew in Hebrew) is a Hasidic Reggae/Beat Box/Rapper whose performances meld Jewish tradition with modern sounds, creating a new form of spiritual expression. This documentary follows Matisyahu as he performs in New York City and explains his conversion to Hasidism and his mission to ignite spirituality in others with his music. Directed by David Baugnon. Edited by Ed Holt. Additional Footage provided by Projectile Arts.

Matisyahu- (Link to page with Trailer, Press and Art Downloads)

White Bait
White Bait- Short Documentary. Several generations of local families in Middletown, Rhode Island participate in a long-standing summer ritual of catching tiny fish called White Bait along the shore of Third Beach. Shot and directed by David Baugnon and Meg Rogers-Baugnon. Edited by Ed Holt. Original Music by Richard Baugnon. Screened at the New Orleans Film Festival.
Running time - 8 minutes. 19MB VIEW ON WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER or VIEW ON QUICKTIME 26 MB file.

CEREBRAL PALSY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCEMENTS. Give a Damn Films's United Cerebral Palsy Project began as a video installation to be housed in the windows of U.C.P.'s New York headquarters, but grew into a larger broadcast production project. The mission: Make the general public keenly aware that people with Cerebral Palsy are individuals who live ordinary lives despite their conditions. To that end, screenwriter David Baugnon volunteered to write the scripts, crafting three humorous takes on our common threads, twisting the traditional Public Service Announcement genre in a fresh, surprising way. And with the playful narration by actress Laura San Giacomo, the project proves that humor can be just as powerful as drama.
Crush- 30 second Spot (1.3 MB Quicktime)

Rhythm- 30 second Spot (1.5 MB Quicktime)

Coffee- 30 second Spot (1.3 MB Quicktime)

For more information on the project please visit Give A Damn Films


David E. Baugnon is a New York filmmaker and screenwriter. His directing credits include the feature documentary Art in the Face of War (winner of the Special Jury Prize at Newport Beach Film Festival, 2007 and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Connecticut Film Festival, 2006), the short documentary Matisyahu (screened in over 50 film festivals worldwide and winner of the Grand Prize at AOL Moviefone Short Film Festival, 2006), the short documentary White Bait (screened at the New Orleans Film Festival 2003) and the short comedies Call Time (premiered at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival 2001) and web viral video Born Slippery.
David also wrote and was the Creative Director on a Public Service TV campaign for United Cerebral Palsy Foundation produced by Give a Damn Films in 2002. He has taught screenwriting in New York for the last 12 years at Writers Boot Camp and at The Pratt Institute. He has three feature scripts currently in development with Producer Jeff Apple (The Recruit, In the Line of Fire) and his TV Pilot, The Messiah Project, won the 2013 SHOWTIME’S Tony Cox Television Pilot (Hour ­Long) Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival.

"As an independent filmmaker and teleplay/screenwriter, I make most of my living mentoring other writers through their projects. If you are in need of expert help in improving your script, please contact me and we can discuss how I may be of service to you."

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