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 recently won the IDA Documentary Award for Best Short Form Series, beating big dogs like The New York Times, The Guardian, VICE & HBO. We've partnered on television programming with National Geographic and contributed to NBC. Our films have appeared on BuzzFeed, Slate, Washington Post, Today Show, and twenty-two of them have run on The Atlantic. We've received ten Staff Picks on Vimeo, and have had twenty different films run and win at festivals around the world, including SXSW, Palm Springs, DOC NYC, Tribeca and Cannes. We've won two Webby Honorees, have been nominated by Webby for best documentary film fo the year, were nominated for a Streamy, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism.

David is currently in development on a new, half-hour documentary series called ANTHOLOGY, and a feature film version of one of our favorite MEL Films films. Reach out any time to learn more, to find out how you can get involved, or just follow along by clicking any of the social buttons below. Email: dfreid@gmail.com