With undergraduate degrees in engineering (Univ. of Pennsylvania) and music (Berklee College of Music), David Novack has enjoyed an award-winning career in sound design and re-recording mixing for dozens of feature films. In live theater, he designed sound for an internationally-toured opera by Roger Waters (Ça Ira
), and sound/projections for Toronto’s Meridian Arts Centre’s Death of a Salesman in Yiddish
. A former lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Novack now teaches sound and cinema at Lusófona University for Humanities and Technology in Lisbon, where he is also a researcher in sound studies. In addition, Mr. Novack is a filmmaker, with widely-released and award-winning documentary films. These include Finding Babel
(Special Jury Prize, Moscow Jewish Film Festival), about executed Soviet writer Isaac Babel, and Burning The Future: Coal in America
, (IDA Pare Lorentz Award) about rights activists in West Virginia and their struggle for climate justice. For that film, he travelled with the US State Department’s Documentary Showcase, lectured internationally, and received an award for Best In-Depth Television Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Environmental Journalists. David also produced Kimjongilia
(Sundance, Brussels International Human Rights Doc Fest/Best Film) about N. Korean labor camps.