About


David Freid is an award winning filmmaker and journalist who has contributed to National Geographic, NBC, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and VICE, among others. Most recently, David ran MEL Films.

What the hell is MEL Films? Good question — here’s a brief resume: Since releasing our first film in early 2016, our six-person team created 50 short, premium, news and lifestyle documentaries. We've partnered on television programming with National Geographic and contributed to NBC. Our films have appeared on BuzzFeed, Slate, Washington Post, and the Today Show. We've received ten Staff Picks on Vimeo, and have had twenty different films run and win at festivals around the world, including Palm Springs, DOC NYC, Tribeca and Cannes. We've won two Webby Honorees, and have been nominated by Webby for best documentary film fo the year. We just won an IDA Documentary Award for Best Short Form Series, were nominated for a Streamy, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism. 

David is currently developing a new, half-hour documentary series called ANTHOLOGY, based on his experience running MEL Films. Say hi if you're interested in learning more about that, or if you think we should work together on something else. You can reach me here: dfreid@gmail.com, or any of the social media buttons below.