David O'Shields

Public bio

David is an award winning, internationally respected documentary filmmaker and has been a working member of the production community since 1985. In addition to his work in public television, he has extensive experience as a cameraman and director in commercial television.

O’Shields is the founder of the independent documentary film production company, David O'Shields Film. Through this company, he pursues his dream of making important and engaging documentary films.

David O'Shields Film is developing a diverse and distinctive body of documentaries. The natural environment, democracy, race and American History are primary areas of interest. The company is based in Cedar Falls, Iowa and works closely with the production and post-production community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Clayton Condit, editor and owner of Splice Here, is David O'Shields Film's primary post-production creative partner.

In addition to his duties at David O'Shields Film, David also serves as the Media Productions Coordinator for the Tallgrass Prairie Center, an adjunct instructor and the documentary filmmaker in residence, all at the University of Northern Iowa.

David’s work has received numerous awards including the Cine Golden Eagle and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award. His work has been broadcast and distributed in the U.S. on PBS and Netflix, and broadcast internationally in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

He continues to serve on film festival juries and as a delegate and film expert for the U.S. State Department’s American Documentary Showcase and International Cinema, U.S.

David also directs the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. The series brings America's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to the campus of the University of Northern Iowa to talk and screen their work.