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Dave O'Brien has produced or directed a wide range of content including feature films, documentaries, and digital campaigns.
Most recently, he produced Shot (2016), an indie feature addressing gun violence directed by Emmy-winner Jeremy Kagan and starring Noah Wyle (ER, Falling Skies), Sharon Leal (Dreamgirls) and Jorge Lendeborg, Jr (The Land). He also recently produced The Happys (2016), starring Amanda Bauer (The Myth of the American Sleepover), Janeane Garofalo (Wet, Hot American Summer) and Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead).
In the Moment, an innovative HIV prevention transmedia campaign Dave created with LA Gay & Lesbian Center and the City of West Hollywood in 2008-2011, was honored with the Paul Starke Warrior Award for work in HIV prevention. In collaboration with the Keck School of Medicine and Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, O'Brien produced two shorts comparing narrative storytelling to an informational, non-narrative approach. The films were designed to encourage behavior change regarding cervical cancer prevention and HPV vaccine promotion. The National Cancer Institute-funded study was recently honored with the 2013 APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Multi-Media Materials Award.
His feature documentary, Equality U (2008), received the Outstanding Emerging Talent award at Outfest as well as several Best Documentary and Best Feature awards, and was broadcast nationally on Logo TV and is available on DVD and streaming. He produced the indie feature The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (2012), starring Academy-Award winner Ernest Borgnine as a man who overcomes his deep-seated racism and comes to value his own life.
O'Brien teaches documentary production at Cal State Long Beach and producing at the University of Southern California, where he is Associate Director of their Change Making Media Lab, producing cinematic content to study social and health behavior change.