A big shout-out to our own David Osit (class of 2011) for his News and Documentary Emmy Awards nominations for his film Thank You For Playing: Best Documentary, Outstanding Editing: Documentary, and Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. The film is directed and produced by David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and David also served as the film's editor, cinematographer, and composer.
David is the first SVA MFA Social Documentary alumnus to receive an Emmy nomination. Congratulations!
When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. "Thank You For Playing" follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of “That Dragon, Cancer” as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as "unimaginably intimate" by The New Yorker and "profoundly moving" by Indiewire, "Thank You For Playing" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age.
Thank You For Playing premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, and played several other significant festivals, including IDFA and Hot Docs. It had a limited theatrical release in 2016 and was broadcast nationally in October 2016 on POV (Point of View), American television’s longest-running independent documentary series on PBS.
David has been busy working in all elements of documentary for several years now. David’s first feature, his SocDoc thesis Building Babel (2012) received ITVS funding and was broadcast on PBS’ America Reframed. His most recent film, No Man’s Land, directed by David Garrett Byar, screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and AFI Docs Festival; David is producer, editor and composer for the film.
In addition, he regularly collaborates with fellow SocDoc alumni: on Sasha Friedlander’s thesis Where Heaven Meets Hell (2012, PBS Global Voices) as co-producer and composer; and as editor and composer for Bao Nguyen’s Live From New York (2015), a documentary about “Saturday Night Live”, which premiered at Tribeca Festival and was broadcast by NBC. And, David recently served as assistant editor on legendary documentarian Albert Maysles’ final film In Transit (2015), and as producer and editor for Mohanad Yaqubi’s Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory (2016, Berlin Film Festival).
The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on October 5, 2017 in New York City. SocDoc Department Chair Maro Chermayeff's latest series, Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is also nominated for an Emmy for for Outstanding Music and Sound. Maro Chermayeff is Executive Producer and director of the series, and is joined on the crew by fellow SocDoc faculty E. Donna Shepherd and Samuel D. Pollard (Editors), Amy Schewel (Producer) and Axel Baumann (Cinematographer). In addition, faculty Richard Hankin is Consulting Editor for Team Fox Catcher, which is nominated for Best Historical Documentary.
You can watch Thank You For Playing streaming on any of your favorite platforms. We salute thee, David Osit, in your success!