• Biography

    Dave Scala (b. 1989) received his BFA in Film Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in Directing and Screenwriting. His short film The Sandman (2010) screened at film festivals nationally and abroad, being nominated for Best Narrative Short (2010 Director’s Circle), and winning Best Achievement in Cinematography (New Visions and Voices, NY). His thesis NYU short film I Don't Know, Alaska! (2012) was a musical comedy about abortion, and won top prizes at festivals including Best Musical Short, Best Leading Actress, and Best Sound Design. His newest short film Grotto (2013) tackles LGBT issues and is currently submitting to festivals. His most recent feature screenplay was a Finalist for the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab and the NYU/Sloan Feature Film Award.

    His production company Levity Films aims to redefine the 'dramedy' genre by blending humor and drama under a new title that empowers, rather than muddles, such films: "levity." Born and raised in the farmlands of New Jersey, Mr. Scala lives in Manhattan and is currently developing another short, slated to film in April 2013.

    His favorite recent films: Blue Jasmine, Her, Frances Ha.

  • Films

    • Grotto
      Grotto

      A 20-year-old boy returns to his hometown after a year of big changes away at school.

    • I Don't Know, Alaska!
      I Don't Know, Alaska!

      When recent college grad Maggie gets cast as the lead of a new musical -- about abortion! -- her Sarah Palin-esque mother vows to shut down the parade of sin, forcing Maggice to choose between her responsibilities and her dream.

    • The Sandman

      A mother tries to ease her terminally ill son through his final days of treatment, using a classic bedtime tale.

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  • Grotto (2013)

    Stats

    Genre: Drama / Coming of Age
    Runtime: 7 minutes
    Role: Writer / Director / Producer

    LOGLINE

    A 20-year-old boy returns to his hometown after a year of big changes away at school.

    synopsis

    Marco is a small town 20-year-old going to college in bustling Manhattan. When he returns to his rural home for the summer, Marco reunites with his best friends at a midnight pool party with intentions to tell them some hefty news. But as he tries to hold his ground, an unexpected guest to the party, coupled with an approaching storm, compromise everything Marco anticipated the night to be.

    2013 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

    FilmOUT San Diego * WINNER: Outstanding Emerging Talent, Dave Scala
    Palm Springs International ShortFest
    Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Columbus International Film + Video Festival
    Boston LGBT Film Festival
    North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
    Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    Birmingham SHOUT: Gay + Lesbian Film Festival
    OUTflix Film Festival
    Long Beach QFilm Festival
    ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival
    Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
    Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
    St. Louis QFest
    Philly QFest
    Desperado Film Festival
    Festival MIX Brasil
    Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
    Pink Sheep Film Festival
    Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia)
    Rio Festival de Gay Cinema (Brazil)
    Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (South Africa)
    Budapest LGBT Film Festival (Hungary)
    OUTView Film Festival (Greece)
    Fairy Tales Film Festival (Canada)
    Kyiv International Queer Film Festival (Ukraine)

    STARRING

    Ben Getz...................Marco
    Adam Jepsen............Ben
    Lian Toni Amado.......Claudia
    JC Casely..................Manny
    Daniella Escobio.......Andrea

    CREW

    Writer/Director: Dave Scala
    Producers: Dave Scala, Francisco Lupini Basagoiti
    Director of Photography: Igor Kropotov
    Production Manager: Olga Ryrakhovsky
    Script Supervisor: Logan Lee Lamson
    1st AC: Arina Bleiman
    Gaffer: Shilpi Agrawal
    Production Sound: Francisco Lupini Basagoiti
    Picture Editor and Sound Design: Dave Scala
    Re-Recording Engineer: Arjun G. Sheth
    Original Score: Andres Soto
    Grip: Dan Case Levitt

    Like http://facebook.com/grottofilm for updates!

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  • I Don't Know, Alaska! (2012)

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    Genre: Musical / Comedy / Satire
    Runtime: 19:47
    Role: Writer / Director / Producer / Lyricist

    PROFILE

    I DON'T KNOW ALASKA! was Mr. Scala's thesis film from NYU Tisch Film School. Please visit the Official Website to learn more about the film.

    Awards

    BEST MUSICAL FILM, International Family Film Festival 2012
    BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A SHORT, Rachel McKeon, Downbeach Film Festival 2012
    BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A SHORT, Action on Film International Film Festival 2012

    NOMINEE

    BEST MUSICAL FILM, Action on Film International Film Festival 2012

    FINALIST

    BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, Nashville Film Festival 2012

    CLOSING NIGHT FILM

    Princeton Student Film + Video Festival 2012

    OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Action On Film International Film Festival
    Cincinnati Film Festival
    Daytona Beach Film Festival
    Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest
    Illinois International Film Festival
    Montgomery Film Festival
    Nyack Film Festival
    NYU First Run Film Festival
    Orlando Film Festival
    Princeton Student Film + Video Festival
    Ruby Mountain Film Festival

    Cast and Crew

    STARRING
    Rachel McKeon as Maggie
    Kristy Cates as Dawn
    Rita Rehn as Victoria
    Ryan Michael Hartman as Cody
    Andrew Start as Ethan
    Dave Thomas Brown as Will

    Written, Directed, and Produced by Dave Scala
    Original Music & Orchestrations by Ted Reedy
    Lyrics by Dave Scala
    Cinematography by Igor Kropotov

    For full cast and crew credits, please follow @idkalaska and idkalaska.tumblr.com for updates!

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  • The Sandman (2010)

    Stats

    Genre: Magical Realism / Drama
    Runtime: 8 minutes
    Role: Writer / Director / Producer

    About

    THE SANDMAN was Mr. Scala's 3rd Year film at NYU Tisch Film School. It stars Brian D'Addario, who originated the role of Flounder in the Original Broadway Cast of DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID in 2009.

    Awards

    Best Achievement in Cinematography, New Visions and Voices Festival 2010

    Nominee

    Best Narrative Short, Director's Circle Festival of Shorts 2010

    Official Selection

    Daytona Beach Film Festival 2010
    Princeton Student Film & Video Festival 2010
    Hamilton Film Festival 2010
    Director's Circle Festival of Shorts 2010

    FINALIST

    National Undergraduate Film Festival

    Cast and Crew

    STARRING
    Brian D'Addario as Joey
    Shellee Nicols as Pauline
    Sal Rendino as Dr. Soloman

    Written and Directed by Dave Scala
    Produced by Dave Scala and Catherine Polin
    Cinematography by Evan Coppotelli

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