DAVID MCCRACKEN is a Director, Writer, Producer, and Actor with a long and varied career in film and writing. Although his work spans various genres and mediums, McCracken always strives to explore deeper emotional and intellectual issues while simultaneously entertaining an audience.
McCracken holds two graduate degrees and one undergraduate degree from three different universities. He most recently earned his MFA in Film & Television Production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts with an emphasis in writing and directing. McCracken also has an MA in Creative Writing from Ball State University and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Evansville.
During his university studies, he worked with professionals in the entertainment industry, including Lionsgate’s Head of Motion Pictures Alli Shearmur, for whom he was 2nd Assistant; Valhalla Motion Pictures’ producer Gale Anne Hurd, for whom he interned for two summers; and former co-chairman of New Regency and current principal producer of Hutch Parker Entertainment, Hutch Parker, who is McCracken’s mentor.
McCracken has been awarded numerous grants, scholarships, and honors for his creative work, most notably the prestigious 2011 USC James Bridges Memorial Scholarship for Directing, the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Science Foundation Production Award, the Ball State University Thesis Travel Grant, and the USC Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award for his short film “I Am Become Death.”
In addition to his various written works, McCracken has directed and written more than twenty short films and two features. While a full-time student at USC, he spent nearly three years directing, writing, and producing the supernatural thriller feature film DAYLIGHT. He shot and cast the film in his hometown of Evansville, IN, where he also independently raised the funds. DAYLIGHT went on to become an Official Selection at London’s 2013 FrightFest and is currently being shopped to distributors.
His most recent film is the short OSTRICHLAND, an advanced project funded and produced by USC. Still on the festival circuit, it has won the Alexis Jury Prize for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs International ShortFest and is an Official Selection at Vancouver International Film Festival; St. Kilda Short Film Festival in Australia; Whitelights in Northern Ireland; the Global Chinese Universities Student Film and TV Festival in Hong Kong; and WilliFest in Brooklyn.
• BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD. Jury Prize, Palm Springs International ShortFest.
• PHI KAPPA PHI RECOGNITION AWARD. University of Southern California.
• ALFRED P. SLOAN PRODUCTION GRANT. University of Southern California.
• JAMES BRIDGES SCHOLARSHIP FOR DIRECTING. University of Southern California.
• THESIS RESEARCH GRANT. Traveled to New Mexico and Texas for his trilogy of Western novels, Ball State University.
When he’s not writing and directing, McCracken enjoys the outdoors, including camping and backcountry hiking. He has worked for the Nevada Conservation Corps and has backpacked around the world, including Grand Staircase-Escalante, the Western Way in Ireland, the Badlands of South Dakota, and along the Nile in Egypt.
Additionally, McCracken is an advocate of education in the arts—he has consistently tutored elementary and high school students, has substitute taught at elementary schools, and has taught undergraduate English Composition courses at Ball State University.
McCracken currently resides in Los Angeles.