David Teague is an Emmy-winning documentary film editor and writer.
His work as an editor includes the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Life Animated, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Cutie and the Boxer, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated The Departure, the Emmy-nominated and Sundance-winning E-TEAM, and the Oscar-winning Freeheld. He was the supervising editor for the acclaimed 2023 Sundance doc Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields and for the Emmy-nominated Becoming, based on Michelle Obama’s memoir. He was the consulting producer for the landmark doc series The 1619 Project created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the NY Times Magazine. Other work includes Miss Americana: Taylor Swift, Sundance 2023 selection The Tuba Thieves, two Oscar-nominated shorts (Mondays at Racine, Sun Come Up), Critics Choice-nominated Spaceship Earth, doc series The Deep End, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated The Cage Fighter, the Full Frame-winner Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light), the feature documentary The Iran Job, the PBS series “Constitution USA,” and the Emmy-winning Sesame Street prime-time special “Growing Hope Against Hunger.” As a consulting editor, he worked on American Factory, Knock Down the House, Crip Camp, Cameraperson, Welcome to Chechnya, Mayor, Bitterbrush, When Lambs Become Lions, The Reagan Show, and Athlete A.
As a screenwriter, he wrote the 2023 Sundance hit Cassandro with director Roger Ross Williams, starring Gael García Bernal. David was also a fellow at the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab with Cassandro. His writing work also includes the Emmy-nominated HBO special Between the World and Me, which he adapted for the screen based on the book by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He is currently co-writing Florence from Ohio with director Stephanie Wang-Breal.
David has been an advisor and mentor with the Gotham/IFP Documentary Labs, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, the Tribeca Film Institute Doc Program, the Catapult & T/F Rough Cut Retreat, the FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellowship, the Brown Girls Doc Mafia Feedback Loop Program, and the Sundance Institute CNEX Documentary Lab in China. He has served on the jury at Full Frame and the Woodstock Film Festival and has taught editing or guest lectured at Columbia University, the New School, DCTV, UnionDocs, Points North Forum, the Manhattan Edit Workshop, Brooklyn College and Long Island University. He is the author of three best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro.
In 2009, David directed, shot, and edited the award-winning documentary Intifada NYC about a controversial Arabic-language public school. His documentary directing work also includes Our House, co-directed with Greg King, which premiered at Hot Docs 2010. In the mid-2000s, David shot and edited many music videos with Flip Productions for artists such as David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, and Dolly Parton. He also produced, shot, and edited numerous videos for Broadway theater productions including The Producers, Sweeney Todd, and Chicago. David has worked extensively with Super-8 film and for ten years he ran Flicker NYC, a Super-8 film festival that held over twenty-five events and screened hundreds of new films.
David lives in Brooklyn, NY.