Directing

David Bradburn - Freelance Director

David began directed his first films while still in high school, but you ask him he will tell you that he began directing in elementary school when he read the Tolkiens novels about Middle Earth. "I thought I was a slow reader, but I was really just reading slowly because I was making the movies in my head."  Bradburn approach each project as a opportunity to connect with the audience and tell the story in the most profoundly simple way. 

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My Brother's Other Mother

Director, Producer

2011

 

Left by his birth mother in a hospital that served one of the poorest communities in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tony's first six months of life were spent in an orphanage, until his adoption. Growing up just outside of Chicago, Tony went on to receive two Masters degrees in the field of education while beginning a family of his own. At the age of 30, he decided to return to the Dominican Republic to search for his birth mother. This is his story.

Night of the 1%

Director, Producer

2012

 

An earnest busboy dreams of striking gold playing the stock market so he can leave his menial job behind. But when sharp investing skills pay off, he's met with a horrifying consequence he never expected.

Superhero Me

Co-Writer, Director, Producer

2013

 

Not your ordinary superhero movie-- no lycra, no costumes. Our hero is loved by his community fo​r his heroic deeds, but he's not loved by himself. Watch as he attempts to reconcile his extra-ordinary gifts and his self-perceived social awkwardness. His journey leads him to have to decide who has the truest perception of him; himself or those around him.

The Night Before the Morning After

Writer, Director, Producer

2013

 

Unaware of her past, Anne’s friends do their best to help her get over a failed relationship.  When the pressure becomes too much, Anne's repressed traumas explode in a cathartic moment where she makes a choice that is both horrific and heroic.

Home

Writer, Director, Producer

2014

 

The increased need for care of an aging parent causes a young successful couple's real problems to start to surface. As they struggle to express their discontent, they can find all the words except the ones they really need. 

The Coming of Age

Director, Producer

2015

 

The Coming of Age is about a woman who is beginning to suffer from Alzheimer's  and how this effects both her lifestyle and her relationship with her  adult son. The film plays out somewhat like a horror film as her confusion grows, but is also meant to raise issues and spark conversations about Alzheimer's, including the growing stress for adult caregivers who are dealing with their parents' failing mental health.   

 

Through Air & Water

Director, Producer

2016

 

What is it like to live a life with no regrets? A life that keeps moving forward? Will Forman, the subject of the documentary Through Air and Water, is a former WWII fighter pilot who designed the Navy’s first deep sea submersible. At 90 years old, Will reflects on a past with few regrets and strives to stay active. Whether he is swimming a bi-weekly half mile in his home made lap pool, building a working model of self-propelled submersible he conceived 50 years ago, writing his next novel, or training to climb Angel’s Landing, Will courageously makes the most of life.

Some Years Earlier

Writer, Director, Producer

2018 (projected)

When finding love means facing your worst fears.  Some Years Earlier explores the universal human experience of being Born, Broken, and Recovering.   Jacob, a mechanical whiz, leaves home only to find that he may be what stands between what he has and what he really wants. 

 

Daisy's Oracle

Producer, Director of Photography

2016

Befuddled by the inevitable first love note, Daisy tries to find a sage of wisdom.

Rockabye

Director & Producer

2017

John’s wife is killed in a car accident on her birthday. He is trying to hold his family together by the skin of his teeth in a society that does not appreciate single parents. He is a facet of each of us.  Join us on a journey of love, loss, grief, and moving forward.

Before You Woke
Writer, Director, Producer

2017

Moments we decide to act, to wrestle our destiny away from the control of others back to where it belongs--with us--those moments change the potential power of our lives into a kinetic energy that effects change. 

Seven
Director, Producer

2019

“Seven” is based on the writers journey to become a domestic violence survivor – this is an awareness piece about women violence attempting to leave abusive relationships. The story follows Kay and Tara, two survivors who bond by helping each through trauma. The women have trained and formed an unorthodox domestic violence extraction team. They help train and help other victims become survivors. Objectivity is hard to maintain as their new client Ruby reveals her partner. “Seven” reveals the complexity of minority women in relationships with themselves, each other and the community. “Seven” is also the number of times it takes before a person leaves an abusive relationship for good. It begs the question: Should we fight violence with violence?

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Family
Writer, Director, Producer

2019

On his way home from class, a mind-your-own-business type is confronted by two bullies. With flight not an option, he must face them alone, or does he? 

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My Best Nut
Writer, Director, Producer

Jude isn't the life of the party; he is the party.  But this is only after he's forced to spend his days in the hospital fighting cancer. Soon the patients around him look forward to seeing him as much as the don't look forward to the next round of their own treatment.  

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The Sweatshirt
 Producer, AC

2019

Olivia and Sarah are hoping to make a routine stop to retrieve Sarah’s favorite sweatshirt from her ex-boyfriend’s house. But when Jeff shows no interest in complying with this reasonable request, they are forced to go head-to-head with one of Chicago’s most despicable exes. Jeff takes the sweatshirt as his hostage, leaving Olivia no choice but to negotiate the terms of the hoodie’s release.

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