David MacKenzie – Core Teacher
David is a video artist, freelance filmmaker and media trainer/mentor. He has a Masters degree in Media Arts from UNSW and has worked across the disciplines of video art, documentary and collaborative media for over ten years. David has a passion for working at the community level on participatory media and cultural development projects.
He has worked extensively in training and mentoring young people across remote regions of Australia on a range of projects including community cultural festivals and documentary projects with Indigenous ranger groups in the Kimberley, the Northern Territory and the Torres Strait Islands. David’s collaborative work with other video artists and artist groups has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Sydney Biennale in 2008. He continues to work on a feature length documentary filmed in East Java, Indonesia and his participatory media work with Miyarrka Media in Gapuwiyak, North East Arnhem Land has traveled to exhibitions in Darwin and Denmark and to a range of film festivals and screenings including the Jean Rouch Ethnographic film festival in Paris and the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York.
David joined Youthworx in 2015 after re-locating from Darwin and has enjoyed working across several roles in the organization including media trainer, mentor producer and lead teacher. He believes that all young people should have access to a safe and inclusive learning space and that by developing basic digital media skills young people can unlock their story telling capabilities and benefit from a positive and creative learning and experience.