David Bukstein

David Bukstein

Buk Films
Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Crew, Development Coordinator, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Filmmaker, First Assistant Camera, Graphic Designer, Line Producer, Location Manager, Location Scout, Manager, Producer, Production Assistant, Production Manager, Screenwriter, Second Assistant Camera, Unit Production Manager and Videographer

Los Angeles, California

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April 2017
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About David

Find something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Growing up, this philosophy made a strong impression on me that led to discovering a deep passion for movie making. As a young man, filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, Luc Besson, & Terry Gilliam ignited my imagination and inspired me to dream big. I fell in love with the magic of cinema and it’s ability to transform collaborative art forms into a unified collective experience.

Over ten years’ in video production as a producer, writer, and director have given me experience with a variety of clients & media formats. I have a comprehensive understanding of all elements of film production with an emphasis on day-to-day operations, production management & project development. Crafting pitch slide decks, cold calling & managing investor relationship are familiar territory. I have raised money for films both independently and through crowdfunding. Being a self-starter and hard worker, I know how to teach myself new skills quickly & under pressure.

Films I’ve produced have been featured by SXSW, PBS, Comedy Central, Funny-Or-Die, Miami Short Film Festival, & the Longhorn Network. I founded Buk Films in 2012, a boutique production company focused on delivering high-quality cinematic 2D & 3D documentary and narrative content. Last year I produced & co-wrote a sci-fi action thriller titled “Hard Reset”, which won Best Director at ITVfest and the Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Award for Best 3D Live-Action Short. Earlier this winter I attended the 3D Stereo Media summit in Liege Belgium to compete and eventually win first place in a feature film pitch competition.

I’m excited and prepared to write the next chapter in my filmmaking career, bringing new stories to life.




  • Call Me Brother

    Call Me Brother (2017)
    Film by Buk Films & Monolith Fiji Productions / David Howe (Comedy and Drama) Producer The story of a sister and brother who are separated as children and are reunited as young adults for one weekend. Confronted with dysfunctional parents and oversexed peers, they look to each other for stability, growing closer than they ever imagined. The film has a similar tone, irreverent humor and teen angst seen in movies like Juno, Napoleon Dynamite and Superbad. The story deals with adult themes and taboo subjects and is not meant for young audiences.

  • A Laughing Shame

    A Laughing Shame (2016 - 2017)
    Documentary by Paul Provenza Co-Producer Facing a long-buried truama, comedian Any Andrist decides to track down the man who molested him as a child and confront his abuser head-on. Comidian and friend, Doug Stanhope joins Andy on his journey to "find the funny" in it and place the shame where it really belongs. Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Paul Provenza, creator of Showtime's original series "The Green Room" & feature length comedy documentary "The Aristocrats".

  • The Woo

    The Woo (2016)
    Film by Monolith Fiji Productions / David Howe (Drama, Sci-Fi and Short) Executive Producer Following a breakup, a introverted pot dealer becomes addicted to a virtual reality avatar of his ex-girlfriend while the building he lives in mysteriously refuses to let him leave.

  • Gay Cake

    Gay Cake (2016)
    Internet by Joy Gohring (Comedy and Short) Producer A man orders the gayest cake.

  • Hard Reset 3D

    Hard Reset 3D (2016)
    Film by BUK Films & Tachyon Creative / Deepak Chetty (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller and 1 More) Producer & Co-Writer The dawn of artificially intelligent androids is upon us. During a rebellion which threatens to destabilize the delicate balance between man and machine, a young detective must choose between synthetic freedom and the future of humankind. Winner for Best Director at ITVfest and the Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Award for Best 3D Live-Action Short 2016.

  • Dog Boys Dog Park

    Dog Boys Dog Park (2016)
    Video by Golden Arm Media / David Bukstein Director & Co-Writer Commercial

  • Bumble Dating: Olympic PSA

    Bumble Dating: Olympic PSA (2016)
    Video by Buk Films / David Bukstein Producer, Director, Camera Operator & Editor

  • KGA Design Interior Series

    KGA Design Interior Series (2012 - 2016)
    Video by Buk Films / David Bukstein (Documentary) Director, Producer, DP & Editor Interior Design Video Profile

  • Cancer Below the Belt

    Cancer Below the Belt (2014 - 2016)
    by Buk Films / David Bukstein Writer, Director, Producer, DP, Actor & Editor Non-Profit PSA. www.cancerbelowthebelt.com

  • NetSuite Implementation

    NetSuite Implementation (2016)
    Video by Golden Arm Media / Alex Murphy Cinematographer Web Marketing

  • Behind The Awkwardness: MiniMo The Photo Bomb Dog

    Behind The Awkwardness: MiniMo The Photo Bomb Dog (2015)
    Internet by Awkward Family Photos / Joy Gohring Co-Producer & Camera Operator

  • Mother Falcon Naked + Alive

    Mother Falcon Naked + Alive (2015)
    Video by Tamir Kalifa Producer

  • Dogtelligent Smart Collar

    Dogtelligent Smart Collar (2015)
    Video by Buk Films / David Bukstein Producer, Writer & Director

  • Zina Garrison Academy

    Zina Garrison Academy (2013)
    Video by Buk Films / David Bukstein Director, Producer, DP & Editor Non-Profit Video Profile.

  • James Franco's: Undergrads South

    James Franco's: Undergrads South (2012)
    Internet by Rabbit Bandini / Joy Gohring (Documentary and Reality-TV) Associate Producer & Camera Operator Created and executive produced by James Franco and Vince Jolivette, "Undergrads: South" captures a behind-the-scenes look at college life and the unique experiences of undergraduates as they struggle to balance their personal lives with the stories they endeavor to capture on film. Premiered at SXSW in 2012 and was released on James Franco's tv network.

  • SXSW Film Festival Bumpers

    SXSW Film Festival Bumpers (2012)
    Video by SXSW Film Festival / Geoff Marslett Producer

  • Mother Falcon: Just to See Her Smile

    Mother Falcon: Just to See Her Smile (2012)
    Video by Buk Films / David Bukstein Writer, Director, Producer & Editor Festivals: Miami Short Film Festival '13 (Nominated for "Best Music Video", Sprockets Music Video Festival '13, UT Longhorn Showcase 2012, Austin Music Video Festival '15 (Nominated for "Best Music Video")

  • Fotograf

    Fotograf (2011)
    Film by Buk Films / Lizzy Walker (Drama, Fantasy, Horror and Short) Producer A soul-stealing photographer meets his match in an unsuspecting but fiery ballerina. Set in early 1900's Russia and spoken in Russian with English subtitles. Exhibited at SXSW Texas Film Showcase 2013, UT Longhorn Showcase 2012, Eerie Horror Film Festival '13, Tacoma Film Festival '13, and the LA International Short Film Festival of The Bizarre '12.

  • City of Austin Bicycle Campaign

    City of Austin Bicycle Campaign (2011)
    Television by Greenbelt Pictures / Michael Plaster (Family and Short) Cinematographer City of Austin sponsored bicycle safety and awareness campaign.

  • East Austin Stories Presents

    East Austin Stories Presents
    Television by KLRU (PBS) / David Bukstein Writer, Director and Co-Producer KLRU (PBS Austin Affiliate) Documentary Exhibition Television Series Pilot. Aired in 2012.


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