David Felix Sutcliffe is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work investigates systemic racism and Islamophobia. His film (T)ERROR, co-directed with Lyric R. Cabral, is the first documentary to capture an active FBI terror sting. Variety Magazine praised the film as "a vital exposé" and Newsweek said it was "astounding", declaring it one of the best documentaries of the year. It received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary, and was released worldwide on Netflix.
David was awarded the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award from the International Documentary Association and named by Indiewire as a Director To Watch. His films have been broadcast globally and translated into nearly 20 languages. His work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Bertha BRITDOCS Journalism Fund, the International Documentary Association, and the Open Society Foundation.
David is an alumni of the Sundance Edit Lab and the Sundance Creative Producing Lab. He has received a Soros Equality Fellowship and a Pew Arts Fellowship. His work has been profiled on NPR's This American Life and in a New York Times Magazine feature article. He has been a featured guest on Democracy Now, and his writing has been published in the Guardian, Filmmaker Magazine, and The Talkhouse. David was a consulting producer on Stephen Maing's CRIME + PUNISHMENT (Sundance 2018) and Jonathan Olshefski's QUEST (Sundance 2017). He is a producer on Nehad Khader's film UNBOWED and Débora Souza Silva's film BLACK MOTHERS, both currently in production.
David first came to filmmaking in 2005 when one of his students, a 16-year-old girl named Adama Bah, became the youngest known person arrested in a domestic terrorism investigation. The FBI accused Adama of being a "potential" suicide bomber, but failed to provide any evidence. David spent four years filming with Adama and her family in the wake of her arrest and father's deportation, chronicling their experiences in an hour-long documentary called ADAMA. The film was funded by ITVS and broadcast on PBS' America ReFramed.
David grew up in a mixed-race, working class family in upstate New York. He is committed to telling stories that interrogate racism, sexism, classism and structural inequity, and to expanding access and opportunities for underrepresented filmmakers. David is of Irish descent, plays piano, is married to Pascale, and has six sisters. He studied at Simon's Rock College of Bard and holds a BA in Film Studies from Vassar College.
He also likes to dance.