David Felix Sutcliffe


Public bio

David Felix Sutcliffe is a Sundance award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer. His work has screened at dozens of festivals in North America, including Sundance, Tribeca, Full Frame, Hot Docs, and more. In 2013, he was included in Filmmaker Magazine's annual list of "25 New Faces of Independent Film." In 2014, he was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Institute's Edit and Story Lab, as well as their Creative Producing Lab. His work has been funded by the BBC, the NEA, the IDA, ITVS, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute, and the Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism. His first film, 'Adama', was broadcast on PBS in 2011, and featured the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl growing up in Harlem who was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being a “potential suicide bomber." His follow-up film, '(T)ERROR', co-directed with acclaimed photojournalist Lyric R. Cabral, marks the first time that filmmakers have had access to an active FBI informant in a domestic counterterrorism investigation. '(T)ERROR' debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Full Frame Film Festival. Along with '(T)ERROR' co-director Cabral, Sutcliffe was honored by the International Documentary Association with the 2015 Emerging Filmmaker Award. '(T)ERROR' received a national theatrical release in the fall of 2015, and was broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens in 2016.