David Midell

David Midell began his filmmaking career drawing inspiration from working as a teacher and therapist in economically disadvantaged areas of Chicago. David’s debut feature, NightLights, followed a sister and brother with autism as they experienced the heartbreaks and triumphs on their journey to find their place in the world. The film was released in 2014, made its network television premiere on the Lifetime Movie Network in 2015, and won numerous awards, including a Prism Award from the Entertainment Industries Council. His latest film, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, tells the true story of the events that led to the death of an elderly African-American former marine, suffering from bipolar disorder, who was killed during a conflict with police officers in his home. The film stars Tony Award nominee Frankie Faison and Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose and world premieres at the Austin Film Festival, with screenings on October 27 and 28.


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How Special Education Led Me to a Career in Filmmaking

By David Midell | October 24, 2019

How Special Education Led Me to a Career in Filmmaking

Writer-director David Midell outlines how his past work as a teacher and therapist drew him to make The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain.