David C. Schendel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and grew up in Minnesota. The son of Alfred Schendel, a successful designer/painter/photographer, David was introduced to the arts before he could walk. David began his career at age 12 with his first film, DON’T SHOW MOM THIS ONE! A graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama, he started with live-theatre directing before dedicating his talents to filmmaking. THE CAN, David’s first feature-length film premiered at the famous Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston and became an underground film sensation. His award-winning documentary about classic cars in Cuba, YANK TANKS was shown at film festivals around the world, screened on PBS and was opening night film at the prestigious NY MoMA Documentary Fortnite. David’s film, THE COMEDY CLUB, won a Jury Award for Best Documentary at Cinema at the Edge in Los Angeles and is in world-wide distribution. He recently premiered a new civil rights documentary, ENDUING DEMOCRACY: THE MONTEREY PENINSULA and is currently filming in the wilderness with Tony Foster on a new feature PAINTING AT THE EDGE. His apprenticeship with his dad, studies in behavioral science and passion for classical theatre continue to infuse his work with an emphasis on humor and a concern for the future of planet Earth.